St. Charles 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

4-H Youth Development

The St. Charles Parish 4-H Youth Development Program enables youth to gain important life skills through participation in age-appropriate experiential learning activities conducted in school, community, and other 4-H club enrichment programs. In 2018, the St. Charles Parish 4-H Program focused on teaching youth about character and leadership development through hands-on lessons and workshops. Over 400 youth gained knowledge and experience of developing character traits, communication skills and leadership skills. 4-H members and their families participated in the annual 4-H Day of Service, contributing their hands to larger service to help feed 100+ families in the community.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Agricultural economic output for St. Charles Parish includes sugarcane, soybeans, commercial vegetables, home gardens, beef cattle, aquaculture, and fisheries. These enterprises contributed $14,015,783 to the parish's economy in the past year. The LSU AgCenter is dedicated to supporting these industries by disseminating reliable, research-based information. Per community advisory groups' input, these efforts have included Master Gardener trainings, pesticide certifications, library seminars, and home visits.

Volunteerism & Leadership

Volunteers are an important and valued resource to the LSU AgCenter. During 2018, a total of 160 volunteers in St. Charles Parish assisted the LSU AgCenter through active participation by providing educational recommendations as Advisory Board members, horticulture advice as Master Gardeners, or guidance and leadership as 4-H volunteer leaders. Collectively, these volunteers contributed a total of 6,200 service hours in 2018 to enhance the ability of the LSU AgCenter to deliver quality and effective educational outreach programs that reached over 12,000 citizens in St. Charles Parish.

Who we reach.

  • 7,500 - Youth (includes 450 members & 21 4-H clubs)
  • 5,000 - Adults (1,800 4-H Youth Development, 3,200 Ag & Natural Resources)

How we reach them:

4-H clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, social media, trainings, websites, and workshops.

Expanding our efforts:

160 volunteers from 4-H youth and adult volunteers, Master Gardeners, Master Cattlemen, & Commodity and Program Advisory members

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. Charles Parish clientele. The 2018 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises - $7,466,423
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $5,011,143
  • Animal enterprises - $1,538,217

Data from the U.S. Census

  • Population - 52,879
  • Land area (square miles) - 279.08
  • Persons under 18 years old - 24.4%
  • Persons 65 years old and over - 13.6%
  • Median household income - $64,707
  • Persons below poverty - 11.4%

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture

  • Conduct Master Gardener training programs
  • Conduct vegetable variety trial demonstrations
  • Conduct producer meetings and farm and home visits
  • Provide advisement and educational training to horticulture clientele
  • Attend trainings to become more proficient at horticultural expertise

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

  • Educate and involve youth in Louisiana wetlands solutions and restoration
  • Conduct pesticide applicators and worker protection standards certifications
  • Promote Best Management Practices (BMP) and Integrated Pest Management (IMP) programs
  • Conduct training that promotes conservation stewardship

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development

  • Provide opportunities for youth to participate in service-learning projects
  • Recruit youth and adult volunteers and conduct volunteer trainings
  • Provide youth with tools for developing life skills in club meetings and programs
  • Provide youth with opportunities to develop a sense of belonging, independence, generosity, and mastery
  • Provide 4-H youth development educational programming to increase knowledge in the areas of citizenship, healthy living, and science, engineering, and technology (SET)

Strengthen families and communities

  • Promote healthy lifestyles through participation in 4-H activities
  • Conduct healthy living programs for youth and families
  • Provide opportunities for youth and families to practice healthy living

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