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.
LSU AgCenter offers 4-H to youth across the parish; encompassing those youth in public schools, parochial schools, charter schools and home school. Youth today are more independent than ever, especially considering the intensity at which technology is being integrated into students’ lives. Youth are taught healthy choices, leadership skills, teamwork and other important aspects of a successful and fulfilling life. Club members are involved in a seven-part lesson series that discusses environmental science. Our School Garden Initiative is engaging youth in creative learning by improving academic performance, enhancing life skills and teaching youth to make healthier choices.
Major agriculture and horticulture programs are Master Gardener, Master Cattleman, Master Horseman, Master Farmer and various agricultural field days and demonstrations. Private pesticide applicator re-certification class is offered through our office. The Master Gardeners contribute over 5,885 volunteer hours and travel over 17,718 miles annually answering horticulture related calls and giving presentations through the Master Gardener Speaker’s Bureau. The total estimated value for major agriculture commodities in Lafayette equal 55.3 million dollars.
Improving the health of families and individuals is the focus of FCS in Lafayette Parish. Parenting classes include “Healthy Beginnings” are offered to eligible parents. Nutrition classes are taught in schools, summer camps, senior centers, and with nonprofit organizations. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program teaches limited income families how to eat healthy on a budget.
4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, demonstrations, workshops, website and social media.
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, fisheries and animal enterprises to Lafayette Parish residents.
The 2019 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
You are the local supporters and beneficiaries of the LSU AgCenter extension programs. Your support keeps these programs in your community. Your parish extension office offers programs in:
LSU AgCenter State Appropriated Funds for FY 2021-2022: