The LSU AgCenter is dedicated to providing innovative research, information and education to improve people’s lives. Working in a statewide network of parish extension offices, research stations and academic departments, the LSU AgCenter helps Louisiana citizens make the best use of natural resources, protect the environment, enhance agricultural enterprises, and develop human and community resources.
Acadia Parish has over 730 youth enrolled in 27 traditional 4-H clubs for youth 9 to 19 years old. We incorporate hands-on learning activities/projects through schools, camps, & 4-H clubs as educational tools. Our focus areas are leadership, science, and service learning. To reach these goals we offer these specialized clubs such as HYPE, sewing club, Junior Leadership and Shooting Sports. Acadia Parish will continue to strive to improve & build upon the already strong foundation set for their 4-H Youth Development Program.
Agriculture is a major contributor to the economy in Acadia parish. In 2021, Acadia parish grew approximately 84,500 acres of rice, 18,000 acres of soybeans, 81,000 acres of crawfish, 5,400 acres of sugarcane & had almost 6,000 head of cattle. Agriculture producers play a key role in educational programs in the parish by serving on the advisory committee. The County Agent conducts educational programs & field days to give producers information needed to increase yields and holds two pesticide re-certifications. Acadia Parish is greatly diverse in the area of horticulture as fruits, vegetables & nursery crops make up a majority of horticulture landscape. Calls & home visits are made through the year on a wide area of horticulture related problems. School gardens are also used to promote a sense of teamwork for students while also teaching them about the natural world. The Acadia Parish LSU AgCenter offers educational seminars to the public, provides access to research-based educational material & access to LSU AgCenter specialists to address areas of concern.
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a community nutrition outreach program funded by the USDA and National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The program seeks to educate limited resource audiences on eating healthy on a budget to lessen risks of chronic disease and obesity. The EFNEP population is of diverse, limited resource individuals who are responsible for preparing family meals, have children under the age of 18 living in the home, pregnant, receiving free/reduced lunch and between the ages of 5-18. This program areas of focus are diet quality and physical activity, food resource management, food safety and food security.
LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Acadia Parish residents. The total dollar amount from these commodities were: Animal enterprises, $12,668,690; aquaculture and wildlife, $39,455,865; plant enterprises, $114,670,095.
Land area — 655.12 square miles; Population —62,045; Population under 18 years old — 25.8%; Population 65 years old and over — 15.8%; Median household income — $41,177; Persons below poverty — 25.2%
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