BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Leaders at both LSU and Southern University are teaming up to help students and residents across Louisiana.

Both universities state this is more than a football game. It’s about creating unity for all of Baton Rouge. “The A&M agenda, I think, is really important because it really has the potential to be transformative,” explained Governor John Bel Edwards.

Agriculture and Mechanics are in the DNA of both LSU and Southern University. This new program will strengthen the relationship between the two — something that Governor John Bel Edwards supports. “To take these two systems and rather than having them compete against one another, they’re going to compete together,” he continued.

With the addition of agriculture, both universities will now work on STEM-related research. The hope is to impact the future of students at both schools over the next five years and the quality of life for residents in Louisiana.

“To take advantage of programming, to take advantage of research opportunities to build new businesses here for southern Louisiana,” exclaimed Louisiana State University president, William F. Tate IV.

President Chancellor of Southern University Dennis Shields wants this agenda to keep the future of jobs here in Louisiana and to lower the state’s food insecurity. “It will attract people. It could be the research hub of the south is something that could come out of this,” Shields said.