President Tate's Scholarship First Agenda 

Agriculture

Opportunity

LSU’s commitment to sustaining and supporting the agriculture economy of Louisiana is the common thread that defines our past and reimagines our future. Designated as Louisiana’s first land-grant university in 1877, LSU is charged with advancing the lives of Louisianans through teaching, research, and outreach. The revitalization of the LSU agricultural enterprise will be centered in the pursuit of industry-shaping discoveries and solutions to problems that are limiting innovation and threatening the stability of this crucial industry. 

Importance

Our continuously growing world population and changing environmental conditions demand that we increase and optimize our food and fiber production. The key lies in education and research to refine existing technologies and develop new tools, methods, and crop varieties.

LSU’s agriculture enterprise also plays a critical role in achieving cleaner water and air, sustainable forests, a stable coastlines, and vibrant ecosystems that protect the livelihoods and traditions that make Louisiana like no other state.  

Vision

LSU will merge traditional practices in agriculture with advancing technology and modern tools to:

  • Improve outcomes for all Louisiana farmers 
  • Ensure food security for every person in Louisiana 
  • Establish LSU Ag Center and College of Agriculture as one of top 5 in the nation 

Impact

Agricultural Research in Action

The LSU Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Academic Bowl team achieved a remarkable double victory at the 2023 Annual National Competition in Washington, D.C.

The LSU Textiles and Costume Museum was awarded a $199,079 grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents’ Departmental Enhancement Program to support the museum’s preservation efforts.

Thanks to a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture sector, LSU Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Manas Gartia is collaborating with a team of 24 researchers across five states under the leadership of LSU AgCenter Professor Prasanta Subudhi to develop a new climate-resilient rice.  

Explore All Five Priorities

LSU has aligned core areas of strength and potential strength with Louisiana’s most important challenges and opportunities.