St. John 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

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.

4-H Youth Development

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.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

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.

Who we reach

  • 388- Youth (includes 78 4-H members, 11 school 4-H clubs & 250 Family Consumer Sciences)
  • 11000 - Adults (3500 Ag & Natural Resources & 7500 Family Consumer Sciences)

How we reach them:

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

Expanding our efforts:

25 volunteers from 4-H, 30 Master Gardeners, 70 Family Consumer Sciences.

Parish Facts

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:

  • Plant enterprises: $12,929,589
  • Population – 45,924
  • Aquaculture and wildlife: $180,058
  • Persons under 18 years old – 24.6%
  • Animal enterprises: $496,545
  • Land area (square miles) – 213.07
  • Persons under 18 years old -24.6%
  • Persons 65 years old and over – 14.2%
  • Median household income – 53,628
  • Persons below poverty – 18.1%

Local Issues & Plans for this year

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Conduct Sugarcane Field Day
  • Conduct Tomato Field Day, open to public
  • Write news column, web page content, and seminars on agriculture practices
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits
  • Extend LSU AgCenter resources at Frisco Fest with Master Gardeners

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

  • Promote good stewardship through library lectures for homeowners
  • Guide Master Gardeners on community volunteering
  • Teach pesticide safety and applicator certifications
  • Work with parish EOC and Waterford 3 for nuclear drills

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

  • Develop and implement service learning projects throughout the parish
  • Establish and maintain school gardens
  • Partner with the Southeast Veterans Home and other community members on promoting youth development activities and educational projects
  • Conduct Demonstration Day for youth to demonstrate skills, knowledge, and talent

Strengthen families and communities

  • Increase awareness of healthy eating with presentation and one page fact sheets for adults and families.
  • Increase educational programs around diverse audiences.
  • Provide leadership for educational nutrition programs delivered by volunteers.
  • Educate the Faithful Families communities so they can educate their community.
  • Provide grocery store tours to help purchase healthy foods.

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