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

The Center for Disease Control identified seven parishes with adult obesity rates over 40%, including Madison. In order to promote healthy lifestyles and health equity, the LSU/SU AgCenter is conducting change through series of classes and special events through SNAP-Ed to educate individuals of all ages and families, and partnerships with the Healthy Community Coalition which works with the community to make long term changes to combat barriers to health. Program evaluations indicates that participants are making healthy changes and changing knowledge and attitudes related to health and nutrition.

4-H Youth Development

According to the 2019 County Health Rankings, Madison Parish, Louisiana is ranked 64 out of all 64 parishes in health factors and behaviors. Therefore, every young person who is exposed to the 4-H program learns research-based, healthy living and fitness education that they will be able to place inside of their toolkits for life.

Shooting sports is the other major program in the parish. Since the restarting of the program in 2018-19 the youth and volunteer involvement has tripled for 2019-20. Shotgun, rifle, and archery are the current disciplines offered.

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:

317 youth (includes 148 4-H members, 5 school 4-H Clubs, and 160 youth in school enrichment programs)

2,317 adults (1,178 agriculture and natural resources, 112 adult 4-H volunteers, and 1,027 family consumer sciences)

How we reach them:

4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, website and workshops, social media (including Facebook, twitter and Podcast).

Expanding our efforts:

150 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners, family and community and local producers.

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, $1,584,240; aquaculture and wildlife, $269,292; plant enterprises, $138,687,283.

Land area — 624 square miles; Population —11,161; Population under 18 years old — 23.7%; Population 65 years old and over — 14.4%; Median household income — $29,424; Persons below poverty — 38.9%

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.

  • Before and after hurricane tree care seminars.
  • Acorns of Hope coastal tree plantings.
  • Develop a comprehensive tree management plant and tree best management practices plan for guidelines of trees on public property.
  • Organize and present four storm surge modeling programs in the parish.
  • Conduct Coastal Roots program with coastal schools and 4-H youth to grow native grasses and mangrove trees.

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

  • Develop and implement service-learning projects throughout the parish.
  • Set personal health and fitness goals that will increase the quality of life.
  • Junior Leaders will work with the FCS and Healthy Communities programs to implement youth-led workshops and events.

Strengthen families and communities

  • Implementation of long-term strategies to improve the food system and active transportation environment to reduce obesity through Healthy Communities.
  • Nutrition education and obesity prevention interventions/projects for persons eligible for SNAP through direct education and community and public health approaches to improve nutrition with SU “Nutritionally Yours” program.

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