Jackson 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

Jackson parish residents rank 35% in being overweight or obese. The LSU AgCenter offers a program, Family Nutrition for parents and their children to teach them how to make healthy food choices and get the right amount of exercise in their daily activities. Participants will learn about extra calories in their drinks, how to choose healthy snacks, fun exercise, portion sizes, benefits of eating breakfast and they will have a Health Assessment (weight, BMI, blood pressure). With the support of Jonesboro State Bank and Jackson Parish Hospital, Jonesboro Hodge Elementary has offered Family Nutrition Night to their families and school gardens to their students.

4-H Youth Development

4-H offers education programs and life skills to five schools and homeschool students in Jackson Parish.Two parish wide clubs allow members to participate in Junior Leadership and Outdoor Shooting Sports.Additional activities such as camping, canoeing, fishing and kayaking have been added to increase outdoor project areas.The Jackson Parish Advisory Council identified educational topics for 4th-12th members to focus on safety.For the 2019-2020 school year, educational lessons will be Internet Safety, Vehicle Safety, Bicycle Safety, Water Safety, Home Safety.Third grade students are being included in 4-H with a introductory program called Cloverbuds. Jackson Parish youth participate in community service projects for St. Jude’s, Buddy Ball, Chatham Food Bank and DART.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Jackson Parish agricultural producers rely on research-based management techniques to maintain profitability and sustainability. Parish cattlemen attend monthly educational sessions that focus on forage crop and beef production best management practices. The poultry industry in Jackson Parish is responsible for over $59 million in gross farm income. Demonstrations conducted at the Hill Farm Research Station broiler demonstration houses are observed and useful techniques that can be implemented on broiler farms in the parish. Agents provide assistance to cattleman on the collection soil and hay samples and assist with interpretation of the results.

Jackson Parish Extension Office

182 Industrial Drive
Jonesboro, LA 7151
Phone: 318-259-5690
Fax: 318-259-5664



Office hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Parish Chair: Kayla McGuire

Administrative Coordinator : Michele Denis


4-H and Youth Development

Kayla McGuire

  • Citizenship/Leadership
  • Science Engineering and Technology
  • Healthy Living

Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR)

  • Animal Production (Beef and Poultry)
  • Forestry
  • Horticulture

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS)

Cathy Judd

  • Community Nutrition
  • FNP-Family Nutrition Program
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Smart Portions

Whom we reach:

  • 500 youth enrolled in 16 clubs in 5 schools
  • 70 - 4-H youth and adult volunteers
  • 8 Certified Shooting Sports Instructors
  • 64 Cattlemen
  • 18 Poultry Growers
  • 1 Master Gardner

How we reach them:

4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, website and workshops, publications, social media, Ag Magic, 4-H Camp, 4-H University.

Expanding our efforts:

150 volunteers from 4-H, Family and Consumer Sciences

Parish Facts:

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

  • Animal enterprises: $70,796.935
  • Plant enterprises:39,030,863

Land area — 569.75 square miles; Population —16,216 Population under 18 years old — 23.5%; Population 65 years old and over — 15.4%; Median household income — $46,710 Persons below poverty — 18.6%

Local issues and plans for this year

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture

  • On-farm variety verification trials, field days

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

  • Pesticide rectification program
  • Collection of soil samples and interpretation of results.
  • Educate public and farmers about “Best Management Practices”
  • Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development.
  • Develop and implement service-learning projects throughout the parish.
  • Provide school enrichment opportunities for Forestry Awareness and Financial Literacy.

Strengthen families and communities

  • To conduct family nutrition nigh program in parish
  • To strive to gain additional community partners

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