Family, Nutrition, and Health
Over 800 families and school youth participate in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), which helps participants to make healthier food choices, manage food dollars and increase physical activities, which leads to decreased risk for chronic diseases and decreased level of obesity. The LSU/SU Ag Center provides a direct and proven pathway of success and more conscious awareness of the interaction between parent and child by conducting parenting classes for 872 families.
4-H Youth Development
Over 1,550 youth gained knowledge and skills in Louisiana citizenship through six monthly 4-H Club meetings. 2,157 youth learned skills in heath and nutrition during the Smart Bodies program and Body Walk and were nationally recognized at Barbe Elementary by the Healthier U.S. School Challenge. Organized school gardens at a local intercity school give youth hands-on experience in gardening and nutrition. Over 5,500 youth participated in the Youth Wetlands Education Program. 78 youth gained leadership and citizenships skills by participating in a service-learning project with special needs youth.
Agriculture & Natural Resources/ Horticulture
Over 4,000 garden and landscape participants attended the annual Southwest Louisiana Garden Festival, with 846 attending 11 horticulture lectures during the two-day event. 32 gardeners gained skills in pest management during an intense 10-week course. 110 Local farmers attended production and management meetings for rice and soybeans. A demonstration farm plot was conducted on the new Mexican rice borer insect for management techniques in rice, sugarcane and corn. 11 cattle producers became Master Cattlemen by attending weekly courses on beef cattle management and environmental sustainability. A homeowner association was assisted in management of blue-green algae bloom in a local subdivision’s pond. After chemical treatment, water quality and aesthetics returned and fishing improved.
43,446 – Youth (includes 1583 4-Hers & 57 school 4-H clubs)
28,516 – Adults (15,963 Ag, Hort. & Natural Resource; 12,553 Family Consumer Sciences)
4-H Clubs, Class series, School enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Web sites, Publications, Social media, Project clubs, Camps, Television Radio.
367 Volunteers – 4-H (231), Master Gardeners (96), Master Horsemen, other programs
LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Calcasieu Parish clientele. The 2012 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Website: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population – 194,493
Land area (square miles) – 1,063.66
Persons under 18 years old – 25.4%
Persons 65 years old and over – 12.6%
Median household income – $43,758
Persons below poverty – 16.2%
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture.
2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
4. Strengthen families and communities