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.
The Franklin Parish agricultural economy in 2018 ranked ninth in Louisiana for gross farm value. Field corn is our major plant enterprise with the parish leading the state for several years in acres planted. Beef cattle is our major animal enterprise. A core block variety demonstration with corn was conducted on a producer's farm to provide unbiased information on variety performance to help producers make variety selections for planting. Private pesticide applicator and Worker Protection Standard (WPS) trainings are offered to producers and agricultural workers which cover how to work with pesticides safely and protect the environment. Programs are given to parish youth during the annual Sheriff's Safety Day. Northeast Louisiana youth learn about agricultural commodities produced in our area during Ag Alley and Ag Adventures. Programs are given to the Lions Club, Rotary Club and garden clubs. Through individual contact with agricultural producers and homeowners, crop, aquaculture, animal and horticulture questions are answered, problems are identified, and management options are provided.
In 2019, the 4-H club educational program focused on nutrition from the garden. Youth learned where their food comes from. Several of the activities included the plant parts we eat, nutrients they provide and learning about MyPlate. The activities are designed to help teach the youth about the importance of eating healthy. The youth are participating in activities and group discussions to learn about these topics. The Junior Leaders are a vital group in providing community service and leadership on the parish level. The shooting sports and livestock projects are the parish's largest after-school club. These projects continue to grow each year. The 4-H program has a dedicated group of adult volunteers that assist with the shooting sports, livestock, and 4-H club events throughout the year.
Many of them have served as overnight chaperones for summer camp and 4-H University. Youth can participate in a variety of monthly contests, workshops and camps throughout the year. Some of the contests have advancement to regional or state competition. The 4-H exhibit show in August is a partnership with the old Post Office Museum to showcase the talents of the youth. Many youths serve as club officers which allows them to gain leadership skills.
4-H clubs, school enrichment, field days, farm and home visits, on-farm demonstrations, publications, newsletters, class series, social media, email, website and workshops.
45 volunteers from 4-H and ANR (Advisory Leadership Councils, 4-H school club leaders, after-school club leaders, ANR cooperators).
LSU AgCenter's county agent provides research-based information on animal, aquaculture, wildlife and plant enterprises to Franklin Parish residents. The 2018 total dollar amount from these commodities were: Animal enterprises, $12,912,594; aquaculture and wildlife, $662,102; plant enterprises, $141,598,529. Land area - 625 square miles; Population - 20,260; Population under 18 years old - 25.6%; Population 65 years old and over - 17.9%; Median household income - $34,722; Persons below poverty - 27.3%.
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LSU AgCenter State Appropriated Funds for FY 2019-2020: