Program Authorization: Constitution of 1974, Article VIII; Section 7
The mission of the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center is to enhance the quality of life for people through research and educational programs that develop the best use of natural resources, conserve and protect the environment, enhance development of existing and new agricultural and related enterprises, develop human and community resources, and fulfill the acts of authorization and mandates of state and federal legislative bodies.
The goals of the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center are:
1. Strengthen the productivity and profitability of Louisiana Farms.
2. Facilitate the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
3. Develop new agricultural crops and value-added products, and integrate those new crops/products into new or existing agricultural production and business enterprises.
4. Provide educational experiences that will enhance the development of Louisiana's youth.
5. Revitalize rural Louisiana through community enhancement and leadership development.
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center conducts research involving agriculture and natural resource development, including forestry, wildlife and fisheries, human ecology, food science, and related areas, and provides off-campus extension programs that disseminate technological, economic, and management information. The Center has as its major components, the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station and the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. The mission of the Agricultural Experiment Station is to enhance the quality of life for people through basic and applied research that identifies and develops the best use of natural resources, conserves and protects the environment, permits further development of existing and new agricultural and related enterprises, develops human and community resources in rural and urban areas, and fulfills the acts of authorization and mandates of state and federal legislative bodies. The mission of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service is to help people improve their lives through an educational process that uses scientific knowledge focused on issues and needs. The program consists of the Non-Formula Funding activity.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. The LSU Agricultural Center will conduct extensive and comprehensive research and education programs in FY 1998-99.
1 A moving five year average is used to calculate gross farm income. The latest data is 1996; therefore FY 1997-98 and FY 1998-99 are using the same gross farm income for the calculation of ratios using gross farm income.
2 1990 census data, rather than estimates, were used in calculations.
3 Actual FY 1996-97 Experiment Station gifts/grants/contracts increased $664,317, while FTE decreased by 6.75.
4 Gross farm income increased $126 million.
5 Gross farm income increased, however the Ag. Center was not allowed to include Experiment Station faculty raises ($1,938,919 in FY 1996-97, annualized to $2,326,704 for FY 1997-98) in the amount of state support. These were not included in the Ag. Center appropriation in Act 18, but were later added in the appropriation letter from the Division of Administration.
6 These ratios decreased due to an increase in FTE.
7 The faculty pay raise was not appropriated directly to the Ag. Center in Act 18. Of the $4.4 million campus total annualized raise, 99.8% went to our research and public service functions. This would reduce the ratio of support costs to total educational and general expenditures.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
The sources of funding for this program are the general fund, fees and self-generated revenues, and federal funds. Fees and self-generated revenues are from: (1) sales and services of educational activities; and (2) other revenues, such as farm income. Federal funds are from: various grants, including funding for (1) regional cooperative research endeavors, (2) agricultural research under the Hatch Act, (3) forestry research under the McIntyre-Stennis Act, (4) animal health and disease research, (5) recovery of staff benefits from the Federal Civil Service Retirement System, (6) pesticide applicator training from the Environmental Protection Agency, (7) renewable resources, and (8) several sections of the Smith-Lever Act for various Cooperative Extension initiatives such as nutrition, farm safety, pest management, water quality and pesticide impact assessments.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 102.1% of the existing operating budget. It represents 94.3% of the total request ($82,129,950) for this program. The major reasons for the increase from the existing operating budget are due to: (1) the statewide adjustments cited above; and (2) technology enhancements ($500,000) for an upgrade of the agency's computer infrastructure. Non-formula higher education entities such as the LSU Agricultural Center are not able to impose technology fees on students; the research - and public service-oriented agency does not provide direct services to students. New hardware and software will enable the LSU Agricultural Center to: (1) implement precision farming across the state, allowing farmers to employ sit specific fertilizer, insecticide and pesticide applications to within a square foot area at different locations throughout a field based on moisture levels, yield history and previously applications; and (2) employ distance education to widely disseminate public service youth and adult education programs.
The Total Recommended amount above includes $38,326,971 of Supplementary Recommendations of which $38,326,971 is State General Fund for agricultural cooperative extension services and agricultural experiment stations. Funding of this Supplementary Recommendation is dependent upon renewal of the current sales tax rate of 3% on the sales tax suspension of exemptions base.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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