Concordia 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 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.

Program Highlights

Family & Consumer Sciences

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.

4-H Youth Development

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.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

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.

Who we reach:

  • 3377 - Youth (includes 1250 4-H members & 36 school 4-H clubs)
  • 297 - Adults (4-H, Ag & Natural Resources & Family Consumer Sciences)

How we reach them:

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

Expanding our efforts:

  • 168 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family and Community.

Parish Facts:

  • Persons under 18 years old - 24%
  • Persons 65 years old and over - 17.3%
  • Median household income - $30,028

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:

  • Plant enterprises: $15, 981,101 Population – 19,572
  • Aquaculture and wildlife: $62,205,891 Persons in poverty - 27.7%
  • Animal enterprises: $1,995,973 Land area (square miles) – 696.92

Local Issues & Plans for this year:

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Row Rice Field Day
  • Digital Ag Conference
  • Conduct Garden Vegetable Field Day, open to public
  • Write news column, web page content, and seminars on agriculture practices
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits
  • Record more educational videos and podcast

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.

  • Develop and implement service learning projects throughout the parish
  • Plant live oaks with Acorns of Hope for storm surge protection on coastal areas
  • Junior Leaders will work with CASA, Character Education projects, and Fashion Club members on promoting youth development activities.

Strengthen families and communities.

  • FNP clients receive training on feeding their families nutritionally on a budget
  • Conduct workshops on disaster preparedness, Grab and Go Boxes, storm clean-up and house cleaning after a storm.
  • Teach classes on reducing credit balances and examining spending habits.

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