Richland 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 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.

Program Highlights

Family & Consumer Sciences

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.

4-H Youth Development

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 & Natural Resources

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.

Who we reach

  • 1,850 - Youth (includes 400 4-H members & 16 school 4-H clubs)
  • 3,373 - Adults (1,706 Ag & Natural Resources & 1,667 Family Consumer Sciences)

How we reach them:

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

Expanding our efforts:

300 volunteers from 4-H, ANR, EFNEP volunteers in shooting sports, livestock, field days, crop demonstrations, Advisory Council and Facebook.

Parish Facts

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%

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Conduct commodity production meetings and field days.
  • Use regular mail, email distributions, Web page, newsletter and news columns as well as Facebook group page to disseminate timely information and publications.
  • Conduct variety and related on-farm demonstrations.
  • Work closely with commodity groups and farm organizations
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.

  • Give youth the opportunity to gain leadership skills through club officer positions, Junior Leader Club, contests and workshops.
  • Club lessons this year focus on Exploring Agriculture, Healthy Living, and Social Emotional Development.
  • Club leaders are recruited to organize the school clubs, provide overall leadership and serve as a liaison between the school and parish 4-H staff.
  • Leaders for project clubs are recruited to work with youth as instructors.Through these clubs, youth are given the opportunity to have the four basic human needs met.All 4-H programs and clubs focus on belong.

Strengthen families and communities

  • Conduct weekly nutrition education programs for youth and adult clientele.
  • Implement cooking schools for adult and youth clientele.
  • Collaborate with other health and wellness groups to create community based peer/focus groups related to nutrition for the youth clientele.
  • Collaborate with elementary schools to provide the Farm to Table nutrition exhibits, Germ Cave, and Family Nutrition Night programs.
  • Use news articles and Facebook page to publish nutrition information.

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