Madison 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/ Southern University 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

Madison Parish is one of the six parishes with an adult obesity rates over 40%,These parishes are considered high obesity parishes by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The LSY AgCenter facilitates the Madison Parish Healthy Communities Coalition which is a group of community members, partner organization, and stakeholders that some together to identify barriers to health and work towards solutions to make it easier for residents to make the easy choice. Through the Healthy Communities program, the coalition has identified several ways to make improvements to the built environment of the parish, create avenues to access healthy and nutritious foods, and developed many important partnerships with lawmakers and organizations that serve the area.

4-H Youth Development

Health in Madison Parish is an immediate concern that needs to be addressed. The Madison Parish 4-H Junior Leadership Board recognized the disparity and agreed to take on the charge to increase the health outcomes and behaviors inside of the parish. This ultimately created a partnership between Madison Healthy Communities and Madison Parish 4-H to create a health coalition called MADHYPE. Currently there are 27 MADHYPE leaders who currently advocate for a healthier environment, community, and schools. This was accomplished through policy, system, and environmental changes that are still ongoing. MADHYPE members provide healthy living education to 4-H members, youth, and adults in the community. As a result, all enrolled 4-H members have received healthy living education. In one survey completed, 98% of youth knew how to substitute healthier food options in their diet.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Madison Parish is located in heart on the Mississippi River Delta making us an agriculture driven economy. Producers are continually facing low commodity prices with increasing input cost making profit margins tight. Crop production demonstrations include variety trials for cotton corn and soybeans, irrigation efficiency demonstration are conducted with local producers for on farm education. Precision agriculture demonstration with local producers promote stewardship of land us and nutrient management. Assistance with landscaping and home gardens is provided as one of the services for Madison Parish Extension Office.

Whom we reach:

378 youth (4-H members and social enrichment programs)

7,914 adults (ANR; FCS)

How we reach them:

Healthy Communities Coalition Meetings, MADHYPE Youth Coalition Meetings.

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

ANR:field days, emails, newsletters, social media (facebook, twitter and podcast), farm visits

Expanding our efforts:

49 Volunteers from 4-H. 32 adult volunteers (community leaders/stakeholders) in the Madison Parish Healthy Communities Coalition

Parish Facts:

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Madison Parish residents. The total dollar amount from these commodities were: Animal enterprises, $252,500.00; aquaculture and wildlife, $209,347.00; plant enterprises, $103,309,417.00.

Land area — 624 square miles; Population —10,706; Population under 18 years old — 23.65%; Population 65 years old and over — 14.63%; Median household income — $30,350; Persons below poverty — 36.45%

Local issues and plans for this year

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture.

  • Conduct on farm crop variety trial, irrigations demonstrations use moisture sensors, surge valves and computerized hole selection
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits.
  • Write webpage content, record podcast, YouTube Videos and seminars on agriculture practices.
  • Conduct demonstration and implication of precision agriculture technology.

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

  • Conduct farm and home educational visits.
  • Record Podcast, newsletters, record educational videos,
  • Conduct on farm variety trial and irrigation and moisture sensor demonstration

Conduct farm and home educational visits.

  • Record Podcast, newsletters, record educational videos, Conduct on farm variety trial and irrigation and moisture sensor demonstration

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development.

  • · Develop and implement service-learning projects throughout the parish.
  • · MADHYPE will work with community stakeholders and community members to promote policy, system, and environmental changes related to health and youth programming.

Strengthen families and communities

  • · Family Nutrition Program clients receive training on feeding their families nutritionally on a budget.
  • Conduct workshops on disaster preparedness, grab and go boxes, storm cleanup and house cleaning after a storm.

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