The LSU AgCenter is dedicated to providing innovative research, information and education to improve people’s lives. Working in a statewide network of parish extension offices, research stations and academic departments, the LSU AgCenter helps Louisiana citizens make best use of natural resources, protect the environment, enhance agricultural enterprises, and develop human and community resources.
SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) is our nutrition intervention program. It is designed to help primarily food stamp recipients make wise food choices that are healthy and safe.The program also helps families select and prepare meals consistent with their cultural traditions, while improving their overall health. Lisa Weber, Nutrition Educator, delivers research-based, family focused programs consistent with the program’s mission. Participants in SNAP-Ed are exposed to food taste-testing, parenting and childcare education and nutritional education.As a result, the underserved residents of St. James Parish have reported an improvement in their quality of life.
St. James Parish 4-H provides community youth with opportunities to develop life skills through experiential learning activities, school enrichment, and extracurricular programing.During the 2018-19 school year approximately 4000 youth will gain knowledge in the areas of agriculture, financial literacy, workforce preparation, service learning, healthy living, citizenship, and science, engineering and technology.St. James 4-H gives youth endless opportunities to work with caring adult volunteers to foster personal growth and become well rounded citizens through the Essential Elements of 4-H: Belonging, Independence, Generosity, and Mastery.Highlights of the year include Ag Day, Youth Wetlands Week, Livestock Shows, 4-H University, Summer Camp, 4-H Day at the Capitol, Healthy Lifestyles Fun Run, Welcome to the Real World and other 4-H events.
Sugarcane is the most valuable row crop commodity in St. James Parish.It is produced on over 28,100 acres and creates an economic impact of over $36,415,000.Soybean production remains steady in St. James Parish.In 2018 producers grew soybeans on 3,600 acres.Perique tobacco, a crop unique to our parish, was grown on approximately 75 acres.Producer field days and meetings for all row crop commodities were conducted throughout the year on topics including pest management, drift reduction, and environmental stewardship.The 11th Annual Tomato Field Day was held to educate commercial producers and home gardeners on new tomato, pepper, and cucumber varieties and production practices.
350 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners, family and community volunteers are essential to our programs.
LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. James Parish residents. based information on plant, fishery, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. James Parish clientele. The 2019 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary
Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
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: