About the SCRI

The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center’s (SU Ag Center) opened its Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives (SCRI) in 2006.  Located in Opelousas, Louisiana, the center serves a 10-parish (county) region. Those parishes include: St. Landry, Lafayette, Vermilion, Acadia, St. Martin, Pointe Coupee, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Alien and Evangeline.  The SCRI was created as an extension of the Louisiana Center for Rural Initiatives (Passage of Act Number 796, Legislative Session, 2004). It operates as a satellite entity of the SU Ag Center whose mission is to conduct basic and applied research and to disseminate information to the citizens of Louisiana in a manner that is useful in addressing their scientific, technological, social, economic and cultural needs. 


The Southwest Center coordinates and links university-based needs and strategies to address the current status of socioeconomic conditions, with particular emphasis on rural and persistent poverty areas.

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