The LSU AgCenter is dedicated to providing innovative research, information and education to improve people’s lives. Working in a unique 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.
The LSU AgCenter Family and Consumer Science agents across the state are initiating Healthy Community projects in various communities. In Concordia Parish, Ferriday Lower Elementary is the selected Healthy Community. The idea is that the early grades, Pre-K through 2nd grade, is the foundation to a child’s academic future. Also in that time, habits are developed that affect them for the rest of their life. Partnering with the principal Julia Walker and faculty and staff at Ferriday Lower, the Concordia Parish LSU AgCenter has brought nutrition and food safety education to the students at Ferriday Lower, as well as hands-on cooking experiences. In addition to Healthy Communities, the FCS agent delivers programming at Concordia Parish Academy for Wellness Wednesday, and a pre-K class at Monterey High. The nutrition educator is targeting parents through Concordia Parish Head Start, and also delivering education programming to the students. Monthly education is also provided at the Concordia Parish Health Unit to WIC recipients. Nutrition education is to any school, agency, individual aged pre-k to senior adult, or group in the parish. Food Safety Workshops are also available upon request.
Parish programming continues to focus on “Science, Engineering and Technology” (SET). The fast-paced lifestyle of today’s families and the constant updates with technology make it vital for 4-H to make a change to keep up with the needs of our clientele. The 4-H Cookery Contest , 4-H Pet Show, Christmas cards for nursing homes, Valentine cards for our veterans, and National 4-H Week Contest. Concordia youth participate in community service/service learning projects throughout the year to help their communities reach out to families in need. 4-H camp remains a popular out of parish experience with 63 4-H youth attending summer camp this past summer. The LSU AgCenter teaches Louisiana agriculture through hands-on experiences in the Youth Wetlands Program, parish livestock projects, and school gardens, Ag Alley, Ag Adventures and the Northeast Agriculture Field Day. 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.
Concordia is a major agriculture parish that produces cotton, corn, soybeans, wheat, grain sorghum, rice, and sugar cane. Every growing season brings its unique issue, therefore, farmers rely on information from the LSU AgCenter to stay productive. Core Block variety demonstrations are conducted on farms with in the parish to provide variety performance data to help producers make the best decisions during planting. The Delta Master Gardener program has 10 members that meet monthly to plan community projects for Concordia, Catahoula, and Tensas parishes.
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Terrebonne Parish clientele. The 2008 total dollar amount 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: