Agriculture

LSU researchers drive innovation in agricultural practices and develop new crop varieties while protecting the environment and making the most of our natural resources.

AI-generated art of a drone in a sugarcane field

LSU AgCenter Works to Give Sugarcane Farmers a Sweeter Deal Using AI, Drones

Ongoing LSU research collaborations with farmers across Louisiana is leveraging data science to grow more and better food and fiber despite great challenges.

Gail and Malcolm Vidrine

LSU Eunice Puts Louisiana’s Future Farmers on the Fast-Track

Through a new skills-based and stackable certificate program—Sustaining Future Farms in Louisiana—and a brand-new Associate of Science in Agriculture degree, LSU Eunice (LSUE) will produce the next generation of technologically advanced farmers in two years or less.

Soybean plant

Science of the Super-small Helps Soybean Growers and the Environment

LSU Professor Cristina Sabliov is creating nanotechnologies for more targeted delivery of agrochemicals to crops to protect plants and the environment while also reducing waste for farmers.

Engraver beetle

LSU of Alexandria Collaborates with USDA to Investigate Trees Infested by Beetles in Wake of Big Storms

Students and faculty at LSU of Alexandria are collaborating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to document the impact hurricanes and tornadoes have on insects in southern forests. Their goal is to protect Louisiana’s top agricultural industry.

Sara Toal

LSU AgCenter’s FFA Youth Organization Laid Groundwork for Careers in Medicine

Formerly known as Future Farmers of America, the FFA program prepares members for leadership and careers in science, business, and agricultural technology.

Paul South with test plants in the field

Feeding Our Future Planet

Photosynthesis is the main driver of all life on our planet, but it can be a glitchy process. That’s why LSU scientist James Moroney and colleague Paul South are working on re-engineering it.

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Mapping Louisiana’s Nutritional Values

Through research and development and hands-on LSU AgCenter extension services and support for farmers in every parish, the LSU system supports vital crops, local industries, and heritage foods across the state of Louisiana.

Bagging sweet potatoes

Leading in Crop Variety Development

LSU AgCenter is helping to feed Louisiana and the world by developing crop varieties that are highly sought-after, not only here at home, but across the globe.

Denise Mayon and children at the J.S. Aucoin Elementary School in Amelia, Louisiana

For Healthy Communities, Knowledge Isn’t Enough

Through the Healthy Communities initiative, LSU AgCenter extension agents are on the ground in every Louisiana parish inviting residents to decide for themselves how to best lower obesity rates where they live.

Oyster researchers

Protecting the Sensitive Oyster

LSU researchers are helping to protect what some call “the canary in the ocean” since it often is the first victim of environmental change—the luscious and delicate oyster.

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Bringing Big Data to Farms

Tensas Parish farmer Mead Hardwick and his family work in close collaboration with LSU to optimize yields and fertilization management, while lessening their footprint on the environment.

Beekeeper

Helping Bees and Beekeepers

Bee populations have been in sharp decline in recent years and honey now ranks third in global food fraud. LSU researchers are working to protect both pollinators and beekeepers.

Harvey and Henry Prejean, 4-H members in Allen Parish

LSU AgCenter Brings Virtual Recess and Summer Camps into Homes and Backyards in Response to COVID-19

As COVID-19 closed schools and summer camps, the LSU AgCenter Louisiana 4-H Youth and Development program had to quickly adapt to connect with kids in their current schoolhouses—their homes.