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.
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.
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.
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.
4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, workshops, home/farm visits, social media websites
180 volunteers from 4-H, FCS programs and community involvement, producer demonstrations, multi-parish/state/organizational education efforts, Ag Expo, Ag Alley, Ag Adventures
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:
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: