Journal of NACAA

Sugarcane Production School Established for the Louisiana Sugar Industry

ISSN 2158-9429

Volume 14, Issue 1 - June 2021

Editor: Linda Chalker-Scott


Based on stakeholder interactions, Louisiana sugarcane producers made known a need for continuing education. In 2017, a sugarcane production school for producers was conceptualized, designed, conducted, and evaluated by sugarcane extension educators with the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.  A primary focus of the program delivered a robust, deep learning opportunity of sugarcane production practices for participants.  The school was comprised of five, 2-day, concurrent sessions conducted in the months of March, April, May, July, and September.  Participation was limited to 26 students and was contingent upon acceptance and a $1,000 fee.  Participants were administered a pre-test and post-test survey to evaluate knowledge of sugarcane production practices, which showed a statistically significant increase following participation in the school. This information was used to adjust and improve the school, which was held the following year.
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