Family & Consumer Sciences
Obesity, a serious health concern for both youth and adults,is a multi-faceted disease resulting from a combination of poor nutrition, inadequate physical activity, and inherited characteristics. Efforts in nutrition programming continue to address the problem and the other chronic diseases associated with obesity. Nutrition programs are conducted with young audiences beginning at age three in Head Start and across the life span including programs conducted at the two Council on Aging sites as well as handouts provided at commodity distributions and food banks. The overall goal is aimed at changing eating behaviors for a healthier population with lessons centered on increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, reducing fat, making half of grains consumed whole, choosing lean sources of protein and being physically active.
4-H Youth Development
4-H in Assumption Parish is a fun and exciting youth organization that offers hands-on learning through project work, demonstrations, contest, workshops, and service learning activities. This year Assumption Parish 4-H program is focusing on “Good Character”. Good Character is a framework built around six pillars of character that teaches young people to make sound moral judgments. It also encourages all adults to become more involved in helping youth develop positive character traits. Our communities benefit when young people and adults understand the importance of being involved and caring citizens and “doing the right thing” by incorporating the Six Pillars of Character in their daily lives. The pillars are: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agriculture is a 48+ million dollar industry in Assumption Parish. Sugarcane and soybeans are grown on nearly 40,000 acres in the parish. Through continued educational efforts such as growers meetings and field days producers of these agronomic commodities are given research-based information on weed, insect, and disease control practices. Producers incorporate these recommendations into their operations to help increase profitability and environmental sustainability. In addition, through pesticide recertification residents andproducers are educated on the safe handling, use and storage of pesticides contributing to a cleaner and safer environment.
Who we reach.
10,748 - Youth (includes 911 4-H members in 12 school 4-H clubs, 70 Jr. Leaders, 953 ANR, and1708 FCS)
1,563 Ag & Natural Resources
843 Family and Consumer Sciences
1, 623 4-H
How we reach them:
Expanding our efforts:
527 Volunteers- 4-H, Farmers, Families and Community
Population - 22,842
Land area (square miles) - 338.66
Persons under 18 years old -22.6%
Persons 65 years old and over - 15.8%
Median household income - $49,167
Persons below poverty - 16.8%
LSU AgCenter agents provide the latest research-based information to the clientele of Assumption Parish through programs, news articles, and social media to enhance their lives. Agents continually seek new professional development opportunities that will help them in providing the information to the residents of the parish.
Local Issues & Plans for this year.
1. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
-Conduct educational programs to youth through 4-H club meetings
-Develop and implement service learning projects
-Provide youth with leadership development opportunities
-Expand and continue success of Jr. Leader Club
-Retain, train and utilize volunteers
2. Strengthen families and communities
-Conduct nutrition programs that help create healthy communities by improving overall nutrition and increasing physical activity levels, in youth and adults, that will produce long-lasting behavior changes
-Provide nutrition information at Commodity Sites
-Provide disaster preparedness information and storm clean-up and house cleaning information after a storm
-Provide parish school students with opportunities for learning through gardening
-Write news articles, web page content management
3. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
-Conduct Sugarcane Field Days and Growers Meetings
-Conduct Pesticide and Smoke Management Recertification Programs
-Conduct Pesticide Certification Testing
-Conduct Gardening Programs
-Write news articles and seminars on agriculture practices
-Conduct farm and home educational visits