4-H Youth Development
Coastal restoration is still a very important issue in Plaquemines Parish. Through the community service learning project: Project Re-build Plaquemines, over 250 youth have participated in tree planting projects to help rebuild our coast and forest wetlands. 2,500 youth and volunteers participated in the Youth Wetland Week project. Partici-pants received instruction on wetlands and participated in hands on activities that helped to increase aware-ness about the importance out wetlands are to our parish and state. Conoco Phillips Refinery donated $7,000.00 for a greenhouse at a school in lower Plaquemines. The Crescent River Boat Pilot Associa-tion and the Bar Pilots have partnered with 4-H in their efforts to rebuild our fragile coast. The Venice Port authority donated $7,500.00 to Plaquemines Parish 4-H that will assist them in educational programs and providing youth the opportunity to participate in educational camps. AT&T donated $1,000.00 to the 4-H Program. This was used to pre-sent a Science Day Camp for youth.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Plaquemines Parish is traditionally being the heart of Louisiana’s citrus industry. Annually the combined value of the commercial fruit and nursery industry is over $6 million dollars. Recently, two new invasive species; the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) and the Diaprepes Weevil were identified for the first time in Louisiana. Both insects have the potential to ruin the industry and do untold economic loss. A comprehensive effort was made with USDA, La. Dept. of Ag and Forestry, State LCES Ento-mologists and other national experts to identify problems, develop Best Management Practices (BMP) and establish parish protocol. As a result 3 parishwide pesticide sprays were organized and resulting in 500 acres of commercial groves were protected. Hobby citrus growers were identified and encouraged to participate in a parish funded pesticide treatment program. LCES involvement has been credited with responsibility of keeping damages to a limited problem. Sea Grant Marine Advisory Agent provided leadership to the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) on seafood issues. When com-pleted, the Louisiana Crab Industry, and all of its products, will be the only Gulf of Mexico product so certified. By the year 2012, major retailers, such as Wal-Mart, will only carry MSC certified products, thus giving Louisiana clear market advantage for its crab products.
FNP—Family Nutrition Program
Obesity continues to be a serious health issue in Plaquemines Parish. Through educational ser-vices provided by the Food and Nutrition Program of the LSU AgCenter, clientele receive instruction on making healthy food choices, planning healthy meals and snacks, budgeting groceries and other healthy living issues that will make the consumer able to make more educated choices. School chil-dren in pre-K – 2nd grade participate in the Organ Wise educational program. They learn about the digestive system and how to keep their bodies healthy and strong.
9,822 - Youth (includes 4-H members, junior leaders, project club member, enrich-ment and FNP clientele)
5,725 - Adults 5,500 Ag & Natural Resources 225 4-H & FNP
4-H clubs, Class series, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Workshops, News Articles, Newsletters, Web sites, Publications, Social media, TV, and Radio.
250 Volunteers - 4-H, Demonstration Gardeners, Family & Community
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aqua-culture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Plaquemines Parish clientele. The 2008 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population - 23,042
Land area (square miles) - 844.56
Persons under 18 years old - 27.5%
Persons 65 years old and over - 11.2%
Median household income - $54,730
Persons below poverty - 11.6%
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
3. Build strong leaders and good decision makers through 4-H youth development.
4. Strengthen families and communities