LSU System Institutions
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center (LSU AgCenter)
A statewide campus of postsecondary education, the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center (LSU AgCenter) is the only campus that has the responsibility of agriculture research and outreach programs and is located in every parish of Louisiana. These programs are grounded in the basic tenets of the legislative acts that created the modern agricultural research and extension component of today’s land-grant university.
The LSU AgCenter is supported by an effective federal, state, local partnership that promotes scientific investigations and experiments that bear on and contribute to the establishment of permanent and effective agricultural and natural resource industries, and aids in diffusing among the people of the United States useful information and encourage its practical application (putting research to work).
The mission of the LSU AgCenter reflects the changing needs of society through a diversity of solution-focused programs while it continues to meet the needs of its original mandate to provide research and extension programs to support agriculture. The LSU AgCenter seeks to enhance the quality of life for people through research and educational programs that develop the best use of natural resources, that conserve and protect the environment, that enhance the development of agricultural and related enterprises, that develop human and community resources, and that fulfill the acts of authorization and the mandates of state and federal legislative bodies.
It is the overall role of the LSU AgCenter to contribute to the more efficient and intelligent use of the vast human and natural resources of the state by accomplishing the following goals: strengthening the productivity, sustainability and profitability of Louisiana farms; facilitating the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment; developing new agricultural crops and value-added products; building leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development; strengthening families and communities; and implementing nutrition, diet, food safety, and health programs for better living.