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.
The Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) provides research-based information to help individuals and families increase their nutrition knowledge on a day-to-day basis.The mission of EFNEP is to empower limited-income families with young children to make informed decisions about food purchasing, food safety, and meal management.Upon completion of the program, participants should be able to solve problems related to their families’ food dollars and meal management, which, in turn, will help them become more efficient in meeting their families’ needs.Residents within our community are gathered at various sites throughout the parish such as housing authorities, schools, and also group home settings where they are taught the importance of nutrition.Nutrition programs offered within the schools include the Farm to Table Nutrition Exhibits, Germ Cave, and Family Nutrition Night Kits.Educational day nutrition programs, such as cooking camps, are held during the summer months for our youth as well.Nutrition information is also distributed through indirect contacts via news articles, displays, and publications.
Richland Parish has 850 youth enrolled in 16 traditional clubs, 3 Clover Bud clubs, and 5 nutrition clubs.The youth development program focuses on leadership development for youth/adults, volunteer management, and enriching the lives of these youth through age appropriate competitions, project workshops, community service activities, livestock programs, overnight camps, outdoors skills training, and other educational activities.The focus areas are Healthy Lifestyles, Ag Educations, and Social Emotional Development.Lessons/experiences are developed/delivered using the Experiential Learning Model:Experience, Share, Process, Generalize, and Apply.
Agriculture educational programs provide researched based information in crop production, beef cattle forages, commercial vegetables, pecans, and peaches as well as small gardens, lawns/turf and ornamental horticulture.Richland Parish has a diverse crop production including corn, soybeans, cotton, wheat, rice, grain sorghum, peanuts and sweet potatoes.Information is disseminated through mailing lists, email distribution lists, text blasts, news columns, farm and home visits, production meetings, demonstrations, verification programs, and field days.Richland Parish hosts the annual NELA Rice Forum & Field Day, annual NE District Livestock Show, NELA Crops Forum and NELA Beef/Forage Field Day.Pesticide safety is conducted through private applicator recertifications and WPS certifications/recertification for farm workers.
4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, website and workshops.
300 volunteers from 4-H, ANR, EFNEP volunteers in shooting sports, livestock, field days, crop demonstrations, Advisory Council and Facebook.
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Richland Parish clientele.The 2018 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Plant enterprises, Fisheries &Population – 20,192
Wildlife and Animal Enterprises:
$107,159,723Land area (square miles) – 559.04
Persons under 18 years old - 23.3%Persons 65 years old and over – 17.6%
Median household income - $34,745Persons below poverty – 27.8%
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:
LSU AgCenter State Appropriated Funds for FY 2019-2020: