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 the best use of natural resources, protect the environment, enhance agricultural enterprises, and develop human and community resources.
St. Landry Parish is ranked 52 out of the 64 Louisiana parishes for poor health behaviors. In St. Landry Parish; 42% of adults are obese, 25% smoke, 12.4% are diabetic, 34% are physically inactive, and childhood obesity has been increasing at an alarming rate. The St. Landry Parish LSU AgCenter has implemented the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program through a federal grant. An FCS Nutrition Agent has been added to the parish. Nutrition education classes are provided for both adults and youth. A partnership has been established with the school board to include EFNEP in our public schools.
In 2018, 2.4 million STEM jobs were left unfilled. Between 2017 and 2027 the number of STEM jobs will grow by 13%. In a series of 4-H club meeting educational programs, 778 4-H youth were exposed to various career areas in STEM through hands-on science experiments and activities. As a result of participating in the Ready, Set, Experiment Lesson Study, 51% of youth reported learning about STEM careers, 36% learned about steps to take to have a career in STEM and 81% stated the lessons taught them new things about science.
Agriculture is a staple for the local economy and contributes a net worth of $147 million. St. Landry Parish has a wide array of soil types, from the rich fertile soils along the Atchafalaya River where sugarcane and grain are produced to the Southwest Coastal Prairie where rice and crawfish are produced. Soybeans continue to be the leading crop with 100,000 acres grown annually. Sugarcane has grown to be the 3rd leading crop with 15,000 acres behind rice with 26, 000 acres annually. Rice remains strong due to its compatibility in a crawfish rotation with an estimated 25,000 acres of pond crawfish production. The livestock industry also has a great presence in St. Landry with equine and beef cattle production.
12,686 youth (includes 778 4-H members and 31 4-H Clubs)
5,616 adults (2,924 agriculture and natural resources and 2,692 family consumer sciences)
4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, website and workshops.
150 volunteers from 4-H, family and community and Master Horseman.
LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. Landry Parish residents. The total dollar amount from these commodities were: Animal enterprises, $21,919,198; aquaculture and wildlife, $31,603,547; plant enterprises, $93,926,069.
Land area — 923.88 square miles; Population —82,764; Population under 18 years old — 26.9%; Population 65 years old and over — 16.1%; Median household income — $32,163; Persons below poverty — 25.6%
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: