LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture Capital Campaign Outlook

We have a vision for tomorrow, one that shows what fierce can do

Thanos Gentimis

Thanos Gentimis, LSU AgCenter mathematician is using big data to analyze rice plots
Photo by Eddy Perez

Fierce roots run deep in the LSU AgCenter and LSU College of Agriculture. With a sharp focus on research, extension and teaching, we are finding solutions and making advancements that will benefit future generations.

In March of 2019, LSU launched the Fierce for the Future campaign that unites the LSU statewide campuses on raising philanthropic support to advance six pillars: arts and culture; the coast, energy and environment; research and economic development; health and well-being; education; and leadership.

The LSU AgCenter and LSU College of Agriculture are we are uniquely positioned to address challenges that face our state and deliver solutions that have an impact today and meet the needs of tomorrow. Research within our institutions supports agricultural industries, enhances the environment, and improves lives and economic well-being.

The LSU AgCenter and LSU College of Agriculture campaign goal is to raise $32 million for [1] priority areas that support innovative agricultural technology, fund scholarships and graduate assistantships, and advance the AgCenter’s Institute for Food Innovation. 

Student Success

In the College of Agriculture, the student experience transcends the classroom. Students are encouraged to seek undergraduate research projects, participate in internships and take advantage of international travel opportunities, and they receive support from faculty and staff. Through gifts to support student success, you will help us recruit and retain high-performing, talented, diverse students — the next generation to feed, clothe, and improve the health and well-being of a growing population. 

Students with fewer concerns about finances can focus more on academics. Scholarships give students the opportunity to be the first in their families to attend college or participate in research, internships or study abroad programs without the strain and distraction of long hours spent working to earn living expenses.

Food Innovation

Joseph Francis at the food incubatorLouisiana knows food — how to produce it, cook it, consume it and celebrate it. The LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture are there every step of the way, from growing crops and creating food entrepreneurs to educating people about safe food handling at Louisiana festivals. Your support will help us continue and expand these efforts.

 Budding entrepreneurs have found success through the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator, and our faculty and students have tested and developed new products through the AgCenter Sensory Services Center. Building upon these existing accomplishments, a new Food Innovation Center will expand the scope of food-related research.

Agricultural Technology

Drone image of crop landLeveraging global positioning systems and big data to make production decisions is the next advancement in agriculture. LSU faculty and students versed in data science are critical to the future of agriculture, and the agriculture industry is looking for employees with the ability to work with this emerging technology. Endowment funds for research, chairs, scholarships and professorships in agricultural technology research will keep us on the cutting edge, help producers incorporate new technology on their farms, and ensure our graduates have the knowledge and experience they need to succeed in their careers.

Feeding people sustainably and responsibly is one of the greatest challenges facing society. We can’t do it without advances in crop technology. Since 2015, the Louisiana Center for Plant Biotechnology and Crop Development, a partnership among multiple state organizations, has been pioneering innovative and environmentally responsible solutions to 21st-century problems. Support for the center will help amplify its impact and allow the center to work toward meeting its goals of feeding the world.  

Endowed Chairs

The health and well-being of Louisiana’s citizens is in jeopardy. With innovative research and outreach, we can survive in a food-obsessed culture and thrive at the same time. An endowed chair in nutrition and food science will allow the College of Agriculture to tackle the many health issues affecting Louisiana — and impacting people around the world — today. We can’t do it alone, and this chair will help coordinate collaborations with researchers at the LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center, across universities and in public-private partnerships.

There is more than enough food to feed the world, but many people remain food insecure. The safety of our food is also a top concern. Advances must be made to meet the nutritional demands of the world’s growing population. An endowed chair in food safety and security will advance research toward the development of a sustainable system of global food security and focus on the complex relationships among environmental health, animal husbandry, agricultural production, land use, natural resource management and conservation.