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
This year the FCS (Family and Consumer Science) Nutrition Department has added a new programs entitled “Faithful Families Thriving Communities” a program geared to not only helping families, but helping churches and the parishioners from the community.A nine week series.Dining with Diabetes a 4 week series and Smart Portions: A Healthy Weight Program an 8 week series.The Smart Portions: A Healthy Weight Program will be held at the River Parishes Community College starting in January, 2020.Watch the newspapers and flyers around the community for more information and registration dates.Small Changes Healthy Habits is another new pilot series that was offered in the parish.One of the lessons included a grocery store tour which was held at Winn Dixie in LaPlace.Wonderful experience for the participants.
St. John 4-H youth development has welcomed a new agent, Ashley Terry. Ashley has been actively involved in 4-H for 18 years. She is from Loranger, LA and is excited to continue St. John 4-H traditions and begin many more programs for the club! 4-H school clubs started the “Safe or Sorry” program. This program will help youth develop an understanding of personal safety habits, life skills through decision making, communication, and it teaches youth to use safety in their home, school, and community. The St. John 4-H clubs will participate in educational activities involving vehicle, internet, bicycle, and water safety. 4-H clubs will also develop a strategy for being home alone and practice refusal skills if approached with unwanted offers or gestures. The implementation of school gardens will expand the youth’s knowledge on science, math, agriculture, literacy, and nutrition. The school gardens will help over 80 youth develop teamwork practices, patience, self-confidence and communication skills. The 4-H program and Master Gardeners will teach youth in St. John to plant, manage, and harvest their school gardens which will allow the students to choose better nutritious food and appreciate nature.
Late summer and into fall is a time most gardeners would rather be inside. The LSU AgCenter made use of this time to have Master Gardener-supported talks at the LaPlace library. Topics included vegetable gardening, medicinal plants, diseases, and weeds. The talks were well attended to hear LSU professors and the St. John / St. James / St. Charles County Agent André Brock presenting. Master Gardeners provided snacks and door prizes to sweeten the pot. School gardens are coming along well and are now bolstered by the newly hired 4-H Agent Ashley Terry. Kids are finishing fall crops (tomatoes, bell peppers, etc.) as of this writing, and they are starting snow peas for the cool season. With the new multi-parish model for agriculture agents, training is the word. Our local County Agent has been able to attend plant materials trainings, pesticide applicator trainings, and a two-day mini-camp on LSU Campus to learn more about diseases and insects.
4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, public lectures, publications, newsletters, class series, website and workshops.
25 volunteers from 4-H, 30 Master Gardeners, 70 Family Consumer Sciences.
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. John Parish clientele.The 2008 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
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: