Catahoula 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 and childhood obesity are huge issues for the state of Louisiana. The LSU AgCenter has many nutrition programs available to individuals, families, schools, or any group in Catahoula Parish that will help increase their nutrition knowledge, gain skills in healthy food preparation, improve eating habits and increase physical activity in order to live a healthy lifestyle. Food Safety Workshops are also available upon request. SNAP-Ed classes are also available to educate families and individuals of all ages.

4-H Youth Development

Parish 4-H programming continues to focus on “Science, Engineering and Technology” (SET). With the ever-changing lifestyles of today’s families, 4-H strives to help keep up with the needs of our clientele. Catahoula youth are encouraged to participate in the 4-H Cookery Contest, 4-H Pet Show, and National 4-H Week Contests as well as Shooting Sports. Youth participate in service learning projects throughout the year to reach out to families in need.4-H Camp, LOST Camp, and 4-H University remain a popular out of parish experience. The LSU AgCenter teaches Louisiana agriculture through hands-on experiences in livestock projects, Ag Expo, Ag Alley, Ag Adventures and field days. Youth develop leadership skills through serving as officers of their local clubs, 4-H junior leadership club, conducting parish contests and the Regional Leadership Board.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

The sustainable production of row crops, timber, and beef cattle continues to be a major economic stimulus to the Catahoula Parish economy. LSU AgCenter seeks to provide best management practices. These goals are achieved through core block demonstrations, field days, producer meetings, and one on one consultation. These efforts in row crop production are vital in the agriculture industry. Forest production in Catahoula remains strong and is supported through a variety of educational seminars in the region attracting landowners, loggers, and industry personnel. Beef cattle industry is supported through field days and education on forage production and weed control. The LSU AgCenter remains well rooted in Catahoula Parish and looks forward to serving the needs of its residents.

Whom we reach:

  • 1,265 youth (includes 218 4-H members, 11 school 4-H clubs, and Cloverbuds)
  • 2,228 adults (743 agriculture and natural resources and 1,485 family consumer sciences)

How we reach them:

4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, workshops, home/farm visits, social media websites

Expanding our efforts:

180 volunteers from 4-H, FCS programs and community involvement, producer demonstrations, multi-parish/state/organizational education efforts, Ag Expo, Ag Alley, Ag Adventures

Parish Facts:

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Catahoula Parish residents. The total dollar amounts from these commodities were:

  • Animal enterprises, $2,959,995
  • Land area: 708.03 square miles
  • Aquaculture and Wildlife: $3,008,941
  • Population: 10,407
  • Plant enterprises: $84,357,172
  • Population under 18 years old: 21.4%
  • Median household income: $38,854
  • Population 65 years old & over: 17.5%
  • Persons below poverty: 26%

Local issues and plans for this year

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture

  • Conduct crop production meetings for producers
  • Conduct timber and wildlife management workshops through extension forestry
  • Write news articles, newsletters, and update social media websites
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits

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

  • Development of and presentation at on-farm demonstrations
  • Presentations at commodity production meetings, field trips, civic groups and schools related to soil, water, air, plant, animal and people related to environmental education

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development

  • Develop and implement service-learning projects throughout the parish
  • Conduct activities to strengthen leadership skills of youth
  • Offer programming to increase communication skills of youth and engage youth in service-learning
  • Increase participation in parish, regional, and state activities

Strengthen families and communities

  • Target school age children research based nutrition education to help combat the national epidemic of childhood obesity
  • Provide research based nutrition education to senior adults to improve their knowledge of making better food choices that will affect their overall general health, and also meet specific health needs
  • Provide introductory nutrition education to pre-school aged children to begin their knowledge base of the food groups and what it means to live a healthy lifestyle and eat healthy

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