Program HighlightsFamily and Consumer Sciences
In 2011, St. Landry Parish was ranked 55th out of the 64 Louisiana parishes for health behaviors. In St. Landry Parish, 34% of adults are obese, 28% smoke, 14% are diabetic, 35% are physically inactive, and childhood obesity has been increasing at an alarming rate, contributing to a childhood obesity epidemic. Louisiana reports that almost half (47.5%) of all residents between 2 and 19 years of age are overweight or obese. These rankings and data show the importance of educating families about the importance of eating healthy and affordable foods; taking advantage of opportunities for physical activity; and identifying life style changes to reduce health risks, as ways to imporve health and well-being. The LSU AgCenter will continue to provide information and programs to improve the life skills of our parish's residents.4-H Youth Development
The average American discards 4.34 pounds of garbage everyday. Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. St. Landry Parish 4-H Junior Leaders are concerned about the environment and the amount of excess waste entering the landfills. Through their "Geaux Green" service learning project effort, they established a recycling program and recycled 2,398 pounds of waste products, educated other 4-H youth & adults about the importance of recycling, assisted with the parish Household Hazardous Waste Day collection (where 148 vehicles went through), collected pop tops and donated them to Ronald McDonald House in New Orleans and cell phones for Cell Phones for Soldiers program. 60% of 4-H Jujnior Leaders stated that as a result of participating in this service learning project, they have a better understanding of problems facing their community and are willing to do their share to make the community better.Agriculture and Natural Resources
Agriculture in St. Landry Parish continues to be a major driving force for the local economy. In 2011 there were just over 94,000 acres of soybeans planted and harvested in St. Landry Parish, making St. Landry the largest soybean producing parish statewide. Rice production is the second most significant crop grown in St. Landry Parish with nearly 23,000 acres in production for 2011. The livestock industry also has a great presence in St. Landry with constant growth in the area of equine production and equine related business and recreation, associated with the horse racing industry, all generating revenue. The agriculture industry in St. Landry Parish is worth in excess of $140 million to the local economy.
Who we reached:
2,285 - Youth (includes 1,100 4-H members and 34 4-H clubs)
6,400 - Adults
4,500 Ag & Natural Resources
1,900 - Family & Consumer Sciences
How we reach them:
4-H clubs, Class series, School enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Websites, Publications, and Social media.
Expanding our efforts:
200 Volunteers - 4-H & Master Horsemen
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aqua-culture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. Landry Parish clientele. The 2011 total dollar amount from these commodities was:
Plant enterprises - $102,159,001.
Aquaculture and wildlife - $16,762,770.
Animal enterprises - $21, 287, 335.
Persons under 18 years old - 27.2%
Persons 65 years old and over - 13.7%
Median household income - $32,877
Persons below poverty - 25.3%
Local Issues and Plans for this year1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
- Keep producers educated on new issues facing the industry via newsletters, web page, seminars and farm visits.
- Conduct beef field days.
- Conduct research and demonstration plots for area crops.
3. Youth are actively engaged in learning and gain mastery.
- Collaborate with local organizations, Soil and Water Conservation, Farms Service Agency, Farm Bureau, and others.
4. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
- Conduct Science, Engineering and Technology focused programming & workshops for 4-H youth.
- Conduct Smart Bodies Program (healthy living and exercise) in St. Landry Parish Schools.
5. Strengthen families and communities.
- Junior Leaders will work with the National Guard and other military branches on the "Operation Military Kids" service learning project.
- 4-H Club members will become aware of, and learn how to take a stand against, bullying through a series of educational lessons presented at club meetings.
- St. Landry residents will be given the information they need to shop wisely, live and eat well on a budget, and increase their awareness of how life style changes, good nutrition and exercise can reduce the risk of obesity and improve health and well-being for youth and adults.
- Low-income parents will receive training on practical parenting skills and money management.