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.
According to a study conducted by WalletHub, Shreveport-Bossier City was ranked the second fattest city in the nation in 2019. Shreveport-Bossier City was also ranked first in the nation for low fruit and vegetable consumption among adults and second in the nation for percentage of adults with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Due to these alarming statistics, Family and Consumer Sciences program efforts focus on improving the overall health and nutrition of residents in Bossier Parish. Audiences in Bossier Parish that have been reached through general nutrition programming in 2019 include Bossier Council on Aging, Fitness Lady Gym, Benton UMC, The Blake Bossier, Bossier Central Library, St. Jude’s Catholic Church, FUMC Bossier, Plant a Seed in our Youth Foundation, Belle Park Baptist Church, and Plain Dealing Library.Articles are also written monthly for “The Best of Times” and periodically for “318 Forum”.
A series of leadership lessons were presented at monthly club meetings which focused on life skills such as hand shaking, eye contact, verbal and non-verbal communication, showing appreciation and writing thank you notes and addressing envelopes. Of the 161 members who participated in the soft skills survey the following results were tabulated:98% agreed/strongly agreed that they learned how to get along with others when they learn to understand and accept the differences in others; 92% agreed/strongly agreed that youth who learn to do things without being told are practicing self-motivation; 98% agreed/strongly agreed that perseverance is not giving up after failing at a task.
Forestry is the largest grossing commodity in the state of Louisiana.Bossier Parish residents participated in the 34th annual Ark-La-Tex Forestry Forum, a day long educational workshop which brought in 71 landowners from the region. Participants received proper education on economics and management to enable them to grow thriving forests, increase productivity, and promote a better natural environment in general for generations to come.
4-H Clubs, project clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, website, social media and workshops.
232 volunteers from 4-H, Agriculture and Natural Resources and Family & Consumer Sciences.
LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Bossier Parish residents. The total dollar amount from these commodities were: Animal enterprises, $30,143,234; aquaculture and wildlife, $3,573,288; plant enterprises, $44,662,756.
Land area — 867 square miles; Population —127,634; Population under 18 years old — 24.8%; Population 65 years old and over — 14.3%; Median household income — $52,145; Persons below poverty — 16.8%
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:
LSU AgCenter State Appropriated Funds for FY 2019-2020: