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

Researcher Sibei Xia of the LSU Department of Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising is exploring ways to use “smart clothing” to track newborns’ temperatures through thermochromic yarn that changes color based on body temperature.

The LSU Provost’s Fund for Innovation in Research has announced $1.1 million in faculty research grants to 33 projects, including several spanning multiple priority areas.

LSU is an academic and research powerhouse. It has been a phenomenal year of growth and success at LSU. Over the final days of 2022, we celebrated 10 wins for LSU that will impact and enhance Louisiana and the world.

Explore All Five Priorities

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