West Carroll Parish Profile

Program Highlights

Family and Consumer Sciences

Morehouse Parish is one of seven parishes selected to participate in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant aimed at reducing obesity and chronic diseases. Partner institutions working with the LSU AgCenter include the Southern University AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The Healthy Communities project works to make Louisiana towns healthier places to live, work, and play. Morehouse parish residents are given the opportunity to help decide what the important issues are and come up with possible solutions. The community works together to make healthy foods accessible and affordable, and ensure that outdoor physical activity is safe, accessible, and fun for all!

4-H Youth Development

The Morehouse Parish 4-H Youth Development program strives to create a sense of belonging with the youth in Morehouse Parish. 4-H Members can also choose to be a part of afterschool clubs like Horse Club, Shooting Sports, and Junior Leaders; or, they can show livestock during the District Livestock Show and State Livestock Shows. Youth are also being reached by many different school enrichment activities. Kindergarten through 3rd grade students are learning the importance of character counts through Aesop’s Fables and interactions with farm animals.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Morehouse Parish currently has over 180,000 acres in crop production. Crops produced in Morehouse parish include, corn, soybean, cotton, rice, peanuts sweet potatoes, and timber. Demonstration variety plots of corn, cotton, soybean and rice are conducted with cooperating farmers from across the parish On-farm demonstrations with a special emphasis on finding the best nematode resistant soybean varieties against Southern Root-Knot nematode has been a going demonstration for the past 4 years. Information from these domo’s help farmers to determine which management practices will best benefit their farming operations.

The Morehouse Black Farmers and Landowners Association, LSU AgCenter and SU AgCenter partner with over 20 sponsors and 20 volunteers to host the Annual Field Day. The annual field day is held in July which usually draws 300 participant and presenter from Southern University AgCenter, LSU AgCenter and the agricultural industry.

Whom we reach:

17145 youth (includes 660 4-H members and 15 school 4-H Clubs)

6,034 adults (3,518 through agriculture and natural resources and 2,516 through family consumer sciences)

How we reach them:

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

Expanding our efforts:

150 volunteers from 4-H, and Health Communities project.

Parish Facts:

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Morehouse Parish residents. The total dollar amount from these commodities were: Animal enterprises, $9,093,414; wildlife, $567,671; plant enterprises, $149,695,284.

Land area —794.25 square miles; Population —25,629; Population under 18 years old — 24.2%; Population 65 years old and over — 19.4%; Median household income — $32,929; Persons below poverty — 31%

Local issues and plans for this year

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture.

  • Conduct on-farm Corn, Cotton and Soybean variety trials.
  • Conduct on-farm irrigation technology demonstrations.
  • Write news column, webpage content and seminars on agriculture practices.
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits.

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

  • Educate producers on current disposal of pesticide containers and waste.
  • Educate producers on Best Management Practices and Integrated Pest Management.
  • Educate producers on effective irrigation strategies and the use of innovative irrigation technologies.

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development

  • Provide opportunities for youth to participate in educational workshops.
  • Focus on character education in school enrichment programs
  • Develop and implement community service and service-learning projects throughout the parish
  • Provide opportunity for youth to participate in the Shooting Sports program, Horse Club, and Junior Leader Club

Strengthen families and communities

  • Morehouse Parish Healthy communities coalition is working together to enhance the food system to increase access to healthier foods by developing community gardens, farmer's markets, etc.
  • Morehouse Parish Healthy communities coalition is working together to enhance the physical activity environment by working with partners to connect sidewalks, paths, bicycle routes, public transit with homes, early care, and education, schools, worksites, parks, or recreation centers through implementing master plans and land use interventions.

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 2021-2022:

  • State general direct: 77.25%
  • Federal funds: 12.57%
  • Self-generated: 6.58%
  • Statutory deductions: 3.6%

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture