Acadia Parish Profile

About the LSU AgCenter

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.

Program Highlights

4-H Youth Development

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 and Natural Resources

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.

Family and Consumer Sciences

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.

Whom We Reach:

  • 42,515 youth (includes 1,100 4-H members and 27 school 4-H Clubs and 425 FCS)
  • 8,507 adults (7,500 through agriculture and natural resources and 277 through family consumer sciences)

How We Reach Them:

  • 4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, website, social media and workshops.

Expanding Our Efforts:

  • 730 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners, family and community and Master Horseman.

Parish Facts:

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%

Local Issues and Plans for this Year:

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture.

  • Rice & Soybean Production Day
  • Rice & Soybean Field Day
  • News column, radio programs for the public
  • Email updates and newsletters
  • Farm and home educational visits
  • Promote the wide use of natural resources and protection of the environment.

    • Provide news releases, updates and training dates of the Louisiana Master Farmer program
    • Provide educational seminars of the benefits of cover crops in agricultural production
    • Provide educational seminars and trainings in the area of pesticide safety

    Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development.

    • Enhance the existing volunteer development program to include additional resources and incentives
    • Marketing Extension programs

    Strengthen families and communities

    • Social media safety/etiquette
    • Workforce readiness
    • Time management
    • Nutrition education

    Extension Funding
    FY 2021-2022

    How we are funded:

    You are the local supporters and beneficiaries of the LSU AgCenter extension programs. Your support keeps these programs in your communities.

    Your parish extension office offers programs in:

    • Sustaining Louisiana agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
    • Building leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development
    • Family, nutrition and health to enhance the quality of life for Louisiana’s citizens

      LSU AgCenter State Appropriated Funds for FY 2021-2022:

      • State General Direct: 77.25%
      • Federal Funds: 12.57%
      • Self-Generated: 6.58%
      • Statutory Dedications: 3.6%

      For the latest research-based information on just about anything, visit our website: LSUAgCenter.com

      Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

      The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture

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