LaSalle Parish Profile

Report to Stakeholders 2022

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.

LaSalle Parish Extension Office
P.O. Box 101 Jena, LA 71342
Location: 1050 Courthouse Street
Room 1-LaSalle Courthouse
Phone: 318-992-2205 Fax: 318-992-7338
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Find us on Facebook at LaSalle Parish 4-H

Parish Chair, 4-H Agent
Silas Cecil

Administrative Coordinator
LaVone Boyd

Area Agents

Ag & Row Crops
Jim McCann, Area Extension Agent

Family, Nutrition, SNAP-ED
Kyleen Thompson, Nutrition Educator

Forestry & Wildlife
Robbie Hutchins, Area Extension Agent

Horticulture/Lawn & Garden
Keith Hawkins, Area Extension Agent

Livestock-Animal Production
Rodney Johnson, Area Extension Agent

Program Highlights

4-H Youth Development

In LaSalle Parish, 4-H is a vital part of the educational process with active clubs in all parish public and private schools, reaching on average, 400 youth in third through twelfth grades. The parish is concentrating on initiatives that include Workforce Preparation, Character Education, Leadership, and Community Service-Learning.

The LaSalle Parish Junior Leadership Club is a priority for the parish. The club offers youth in Jr. and Sr. High the opportunity for greater participation in the 4-H program.

The LaSalle Parish 4-H Outdoor Skills - Shooting Sports Club is an educational program conducted by the LSU AgCenter volunteer instructors and parents of 82 youth that participate. The Shooting Sports Program's objectives are to teach youth about firearms, firearm and hunting safety, marksmanship, hunting ethics and responsibility and other outdoor related skills. LaSalle parish currently has 12 -Level 1 Instructors that foster a caring positive experience with firearms for the youth in a safe environment, which will be a continuation of a lifetime of enjoyment.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

LaSalle Parish has a varied group of agriculture producers. These include those with small acreages of row crops, part-time beef producers and home gardeners. Safe and proper uses of pesticides and fertilizers as well as general horticulture (gardens, ornamentals, and turf) are of great interest to all. To help producers and public alike, the LSU AgCenter presents the latest researched-based recommendations through home visits, publication correspondence, mass media, and social media.

In 2021, The Master Gardener program had its eleventh class online with five students from four different parishes. MGs also provided leadership at its Virtual Spring Garden Forum attended by 24 gardeners and homeowners from across Louisiana.

Family and Consumer Sciences

SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) The program is designed to assist SNAP eligible recipients to make wise food choices that are healthy, safe and within a limited budget. Through SNAP-ED education, participants learn how to prepare nutritious, affordable meals the whole family can enjoy. The program also helps families select and prepare meals consistent with their cultural traditions, while improving their overall health. Participants in SNAP-Ed learn valuable information through food taste-testing, parenting/childcare education SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) As a result, many residents of LaSalle Parish have reported an improvement in their quality of life.
All SNAP-ED programs follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA MyPlate

Whom We Reach:

1,225 Youth
Includes 4-H Members in 15 school 4-H Clubs & Program Enrichment

3,100 Adults
Includes 4-H, Ag & Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences

How We Reach Them:

School 4-H Clubs, Community 4-H Clubs, Project Clubs, Special Interest Clubs, School Enrichment, Field days, Workshops, Publications, Newsletters, School Enrichment, Local Newspaper, Website, and Social Media.

Expanding Our Efforts:

345 Adult and Youth Volunteers

Parish Facts:

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to LaSalle Parish clientele.
The 2019 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

Plant enterprises: $41,196,018 Animal enterprises: $1,972,908
Aquaculture and wildlife: $4,885,845

According to data collected from the 2021 US Census
LaSalle Parish has a population of 14,834
Persons under 18 years old – 22.7% Persons 65 years old and over -17.2%
Land area (square miles) – 624.68 Median household income - $51,141 Persons in poverty – 17.3%

Local Issues and Plans for this Year:

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture

  • Use regular mail, e-mail distribution, web page, social media, home/farm visits, newsletters, and news columns to disseminate timely information and publications.
  • Quarterly distribution of Horticulture Hints.
  • Conduct Master Gardener Programs.
  • Provide research-based information on home grounds and gardens.

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development

  • Present opportunities for youth voice and ownership programs.
  • Provide education and conduct activities to encourage safety among youth and adults.
  • Encourage pride in the community and develop leadership skills among youth.
  • Promote healthy living for all youth.
  • Recruit, train, and retain adult and youth volunteers.

Strengthen families and communities

  • Conduct nutrition education programs for families and youth.
  • Encourage 4-H members and other youth to develop healthy habits related to diet and better exercise.
  • Promote character education among families and groups.

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

  • Provide Master Cattleman & Master Gardener Certification Opportunities
  • Private Pesticide Re-certification classes.
  • Recruit schools to participate in the youth wetlands week
  • Apply a holistic approach towards best management practices through researched based recommendations.

Extension Funding
FY 2021-2022

How we are funded:

You are the local supporters and beneficiaries of the LSU AgCenter extension programs. Your support keeps these programs in your communities.

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 2021-2022:

    • State General Direct: 77.25%
    • Federal Funds: 12.57%
    • Self-Generated: 6.58%
    • Statutory Dedications: 3.6%

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