An LSU AgCenter scientist was awarded a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve the sustainability and profitability of rice farming.
Prasanta Subudhi, the lead investigator of the project and a crop geneticist in the School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, was awarded a grant through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
This grant is part of a $70 million investment from USDA to establish robust, resilient and climate-smart food and agricultural systems. It is the largest grant for rice research the AgCenter has received.
The project seeks to improve the speed and accuracy of identifying rice genotypes with combinations of genes that improve adaptation to climate change.
Campus Federal opens Siegen location
Campus Federal has opened its Siegen Branch, Mortgage and Business Center at 6108 Siegen Lane.
In addition to being a full-service branch, the location houses the credit union’s mortgage, lending operations and business services departments consisting of roughly 50 employees.
The location features three Campus Connect Interactive Teller Machines with live teller assistance from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
BR Health District accepting nominations for awards program
The Baton Rouge Health-Tech Catalyst, a Baton Rouge Health District project funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Build to Scale Program, is accepting nominations for the 2023 Launchpad Innovation Pilot Awards.
The goal of the awards is to promote and support collaboration between health district member institutions, while sparking innovation between health district anchor institutions, technology and community innovators, and industry leaders. Awards will provide up to $30,000 for health district member institution investigators, providers and employees.
The awards will support collaborative proposals to further the health district priorities of healthy place, health education and health research.
Business group to hear from Idea Village CEO
The Association for Corporate Growth will hear from representatives from Jon Atkinson, the CEO of Idea Village, at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday as part of its monthly speaker series.
Atkinson will provide an update on the New Orleans startup community.
The luncheon will be held at Restaurant August, 301 Tchoupitoulas St., in New Orleans. Admission is free for association members, $65 for nonmembers.