Bienville 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

Family and Consumer Sciences

Obesity rates continue to rise and Louisiana ranks as one of the most obese states in the nation. Teaching youth to learn the importance of eating healthy and taking care of their bodies should help them be less likely to experience the consequences associated with obesity later in life. “Let’s Eat for the Health of it/Youth” curriculum has been taught to fourth and fifth graders throughout Bienville Parish. “Faithful Families, Thriving Communities” Nutrition Program works directly in faith communities to promote health for individuals, families, and local communities. The Healthy Communities Program is a systemic community-driven approach that is expected to increase knowledge related to healthy behaviors, to promote healthier communities through community work-groups, and to increase community practices that promote healthy behaviors.

4-H Youth Development

A series of lessons on Social-Emotional Health was presented at monthly club meetings during the 2018-2019 school year. Documentation was submitted to the state office. Through our service-learning project, more clubs now participate in the coin drive and other various projects than in years past. A collaborative effort between the LSU AgCenter and Northwestern State University created an event funded primarily from Cyfar funds to focus on leadership development among the Northwest Region teens. Seven Bienville teens serve on the State Executive Board, including State President, State Parliamentarian, and one teen serves on the National Design Team, with several attending National Congress, in addition to trips won by state winning project work.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

The agricultural agent conducted pesticide recertification and worker protection standard meetings for producers and homeowners. The shooting sports programs have increased participation and some of the students have placed in 4-H state competitions. Our office has continued to work with local homeowners and businesses to address horticultural and lawn issues.

Whom we reach:

  • 2,262 youth (includes 393 4-H members and 7 school and 11 4-H Clubs)
  • 10,717 adults

How we reach them:

4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, newspaper, SNAP-Ed Social Marketing Campaign, class series, website and workshops.

Expanding our efforts:

174 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 Bienville Parish residents. The total dollar amount from these commodities were: Animal enterprises, $44,546,941; wildlife and fisheries, $4,820,848; plant enterprises, $44,699,157.

Land area — 811.27 square miles; Population 13,308; Population under 18 years old — 22.4%; Population 65 years old and over — 20.9%; Median household income — $34,077; Persons below poverty — 25.4%

Local issues and plans for this year

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture.

  • Offer pesticide recertification meetings.
  • Write news column, webpage content and seminars on agriculture practices.
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits.

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

  • Develop and implement service-learning projects throughout the parish.
  • Teach teens workforce preparedness and financial literacy through the Jurors (and schools) Empowering Teens Program.
  • Teach life skills through various camping opportunities.
  • Host parish wide achievement day.

Strengthen families and communities

  • SNAP-Ed clients receive training on feeding their families nutritionally on a budget.
  • Teach lessons to increase knowledge and help create positive behavior changes, through research-based nutrition education.
  • Start and maintain a bicycle club, through Healthy Communities, for 4th-5th graders in Ringgold community, incorporating Let’s Eat for the Health of It lessons.
  • For youth, ages 16-19 to increase knowledge in financial literacy and workforce preparedness, and to engage these youth in exploring career opportunities to make positive lifestyle changes and choices similar to those faced by adults on a daily basis.

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