Bossier 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

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”.

4-H Youth Development

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.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

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.

Whom we reach:

  • 1,134 youth (includes 931 4-H members and 26 school 4-H Clubs, two afterschool clubs, Shooting Sports, Livestock Club, Jr. Leadership Club and Cloverbuds)
  • 55,866 adults (4,866 agriculture and natural resources and 41,000 family consumer sciences)

How we reach them:

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

Expanding our efforts:

232 volunteers from 4-H, Agriculture and Natural Resources and Family & Consumer Sciences.

Parish Facts:

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%

Local issues and plans for this year:

Promote the wide use of natural resources and protection of the environment.

  • Conduct regional forestry forum.
  • Support school environmental programs.
  • Work with the Project Learning Tree program for classroom education.
  • Collaborate with the Louisiana Forestry Association, the Society of American Foresters, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service to deliver educational material and opportunities to area landowners, forestry professionals, and the public.
  • Conduct tree farm and homeowner educational visits.

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

  • Develop and implement service-learning projects throughout the parish.
  • Donate items for the Pack-a-Sack program which feeds under-resourced youth on the weekends during the school year.
  • Leadership opportunities include: parish officer training, serving as AgMagic Ambassadors, Regional Leadership Summit, Challenge Camp, State Junior Leadership Conference, 4-H University, camp counselor trainings, State Fashion Board members and State/National Shooting Sports Ambassadors.

Strengthen families and communities

  • Conduct nutrition education workshops with information on health and nutrition, food safety, MyPlate, and incorporating physical activity into family lifestyles.
  • Teach stand-alone nutrition lessons and healthy recipe demonstrations to various audiences in Bossier Parish.
  • Write publications for local magazines and strengthen social media presence.
  • Hold grocery store tours at various locations in Bossier Parish.

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