Beauregard 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 unique 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:

Family & Consumer Sciences

In order to reverse the obesity epidemic, parental and community involvement is critical. Parents are important partners in promoting healthy active living in children. Research shows that children whose parents make healthy food choices and are active are more likely to eat healthy and be active too. Using a format that includes interactive activities to reinforce the educational message will serve to enhance learning and promote behavior change. Through various programming (MyPlate, Let’s Eat for the Health of It, Serving Up MyPlate) and social marketing campaigns (Healthy Meals Begin at Home, Active Life, Active Living, Breakfast: A Great Start to Your Day).

4-H Youth Development

The current educational focus for Beauregard 4-H program was determined to be related to critical thinking and Life Skills. Currently the educational programs of “Life Smarts” is presented to 4-H Youth during 4-H Club educational programs. Educational topics cover, Individuality, Decision Making, Self-Esteem, Diversity, Bullying, Conflict Resolution, Work Ethic/Responsibility and Risky Behavior. These topics are a continuation of the previous Be-Safe programming from Previous year. We are also educating 3rd grade Clover Bud members in Social/Emotional Development lessons related to Celebrating Individuality, Dealing with Disappointment, Disability Awareness, Diversity Awareness, Making Decisions and Manners Matter.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Beauregard Parish was once covered with longleaf forests when settlers arrived. Longleaf pine is becoming more important in the natural landscape because state and federal agencies are enabling landowners to plant this species. One of the limiting circumstances is the lack of knowledge, skills and abilities of landowners to use prescribed fire safely and effectively. The AgCenter was a partner in a”Learn & Burn” event to increase the awareness of landowners about the importance of fire ecology in longleaf pine stands.

Beauregard Parish

Extension Office

PO Box 609, 203 W. 3RD St.
DeRidder, LA 70634
Phone: 337-463-7006
Fax: 337-463-7007


Web site: portals/our_offices/parishes/beauregard

Office Hours: 8:00a.m.:30- p.m.

Keith Hawkins, Parish Chair

Mike LaVergne, 4-H County Agent

Aneisha Andrus, Assistant Extension Agent/SNAP ED

Lisa Johnson, Administrative Coordinator


4-H and Youth Development

Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Beef Cattle & Forage
  • Beekeeping
  • Master Gardeners
  • Horticulture
  • Lawns & Gardens
  • Pest Management

Prescribed Fire
Rural & Urban Forestry

Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS)

FNP -Family Nutrition Program
Nutrition and Health

Who we reach:

  • 2,500 Youth including over 800 in enrichment lessons; 6 Clover Bud Clubs with over 300 youth and 18 Organizational Clubs with over 400+ club members.
  • 4,863,654 - Adults (Ag & Natural Resources: Individual contacts, 144,064 & mass contacts: 4,707.484 & Family Consumer Sciences: 12,106)

How we reach them:

  • 4-H Clubs, school enrichment, forums, publications, weekly garden column, class series, website and workshops.

Expanding our efforts:

  • 160 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners, & Family and Community

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Terrebonne Parish clientele. The 2008 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises: $66,830,222 Population - 35,654
  • Aquaculture and wildlife: $2,295,902
  • Animal enterprises: $11,787048 Land area (acres) - 755,772
  • Persons under 18 years old – 19.7% Persons 65 years old and over – 12.9%
  • Median household income - $46,385 Persons below poverty – 16.8%

Local Issues & Plans for this year

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture

  • Conduct pesticide recertification workshops for landowners with private pesticide applicators licenses.
  • Conduct Master Garden Spring Garden Forum, open to public
  • Support local beekeepers club with educational programming.
  • Staff Master Gardener booth at Parish Fair
  • Write news column, web page content, and seminars on home horticultural practices
  • Conduct home educational visits

Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment

  • Advise forest landowners on profitable methods of selling timber
  • Advise forest landowners on resources enabling reforestation
  • Coordinate a prescribed burn workshop for regional landowners
  • Coordinate SW regional forestry forum

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development

  • Junior Leaders work to assist in conducting educational activities and workshops for younger youth and have implemented a Service Project to assist various community organizations.
  • Utilize Horse and Rabbit Clubs with assistance of volunteers to better prepare youth with projects and build leadership skills.
  • Outdoor Skills 12 trained Adult Volunteers and Parent Volunteers to reach over 75 youth participants educating them in safety and marksmanship.
  • Incorporated Drone activities to advance educational activities.

Strengthen families and communities

  • FNP clients receive training on feeding their families nutritionally on a budget
  • Provide program materials to schools and agencies to improve the amount of physical activity of children
  • Teach classes on better food preparations & nutrition and on food budgeting.

How we are funded:

You are the local supporters and beneficiaries in the LSU AgCenter extension programs. Just 20% support keeps these programs in your community. 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 2019-2020:

  • State general direct: 74.9%
  • Federal funds: 13.6%
  • Self-generated: 7.1%
  • Statutory deductions: 4.4%

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture