President Tate's Scholarship First Agenda 



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. 


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.  


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 


Agricultural Research in Action

Dustin Harrell in a rice field with varieties under testing

LSU AgCenter Shaping the Future of Agriculture Through New-Crop Research, Development

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

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student sorting sweet potatoes in boxes

Sweet Potato Commission, Marking 70th Year, Touts LSU Research

The Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission, celebrating its 70th year, is particularly proud of its work related to research through a partnership with the LSU AgCenter.

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LSU AgCenter building

LSU AgCenter Receives Federal Grant for Malaysian Rice Study

The LSU AgCenter and the University of Malaya in Malaysia are working to develop drought-tolerant, high-yielding “climate-smart” rice that can thrive in alternative water management strategies.

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Explore All Five Priorities

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