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 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

4-H Youth Development

The LSU AgCenter offers 4-H to youth across Terrebonne Parish; encompassing those youth in public schools, parochial schools and home school. The youth development program focuses on leadership development for youth /adults, volunteer management, & enriching the lives of these youth through age appropriate competitions, project workshops, community service, activities, livestock programs, overnight camps, outdoors skills training, & identifying the knowledge, skills & competences essential to conducting 4-H youth development. We incorporate hands-on learning activities/projects through schools, camps, & 4-H clubs as educational tools. Our 2019-2020 educational focus is Safety (internet, vehicle, home alone, bicycle, and water safety).

Family, Nutrition and Health

Nutrition is important to everyone. Live Healthy Houma, an action-oriented workgroup, was formed under the leadership of the Area Nutrition Agents. A community garden in Downtown Houma at Harmon Park was created. The produce from the garden will be going to local children who are food insecure and the garden will also serve as a site for learning opportunities such as garden and nutrition education. Nutrition information is also provided at commodity distribution and food bank sites. The overall goal is aimed at changing eating behaviors for a healthier population with lessons centered on increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, reducing fat, making half of grains consumed whole, choosing lean sources of protein and being physically active.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major agriculture and horticulture programs are Master Gardener and various agricultural field days and demonstrations. Private pesticide applicator re-certification class is offered through our office. The total estimated value for major agriculture commodities in Terrebonne Parish equal 63 million dollars. The demand for agriculture, horticulture/lawn and garden pest management continues to be a major focus of educational and questions from clientele.


Our fisheries agents work with our local fishermen and docks to bring them the latest research to help in production. Recently our fisheries agent assisted Hooked Up Bait Shop of Cocodrie, LA with technical assistance to improve water quality in their recirculating aquaculture system to reduce mortality of bait and to improve profitability. By improving the water quality, Hooked Up Bait Shop saw an improved survival of bait shrimp and fish. This helps to reduce operating costs for the bait shop, allows them to stock a higher quality product and to have product available over the summer weekends when they do the bulk of their business to recreational anglers.

Whom we reach:

  • 3,000 youth
  • 1,250 4-H members and 34 traditional school 4-H Clubs, 5 Cloverbud clubs, 6 Project Clubs, Fisheriesm ANR, and FCS
  • 24,901 adults
  • 212 4-H, 3,548 agriculture and natural resources and 21,353 family consumer sciences

How we reach them:

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

Expanding our efforts:

312 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners and family and community

Parish Facts:

  • LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Terrebonne Parish residents. The total dollar amount from these commodities were:
  • Animal enterprises, $1,995.973; aquaculture and wildlife, $62,205,891;
  • Plant enterprises, $15,981,101.
  • Land area — 1,254.92 square miles; Population —108,576; Population under 18 years old — 26.8%; Population 65 years old and over — 10.8%; Median household income — $44,235; Persons below poverty — 17.7%

Local issues and plans for this year

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture.

  • Hold re-certification meeting for private pesticide applicators.
  • Write news column, webpage content and seminars on agriculture practices.
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits.

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

  • Develop a comprehensive tree management plant and tree best management practices plan for guidelines of trees on public property.
  • Organize and present four storm surge modeling programs in the parish.

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development.

  • Develop and implement service-learning projects throughout the parish.
  • Present hands-on educational lessons on topics that would benefit youth in everyday life circumstances.
  • Identify and recruit to increase the base of well-trained, screened, and supportive individuals to expand the capacity of the 4-H program.

Strengthen families and communities

  • Conduct nutrition programs that help create healthy communities by improving overall nutrition and increasing physical activity levels, in youth and adults, which will produce long-lasting behavior changes

LSU AgCenter State Appropriated Funds FY 2019-2020

  • State General Direct - 74.9%
  • Self-Generated – 7.1%
  • Statutory Dedications – 4.4%
  • Federal Funds – 13.6%

Terrebonne Parish Extension Office


  • 521 Legion Ave, Houma, LA 70364
  • Phone: 985-873-6495
  • Fax: 985-850-4620


Office hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Research and Extension Programs

4-H and Youth Development Agriculture and Natural Resources Animal Production Horticulture/Lawn and Garden Pest Management Sugarcane/ Soybeans Nutrition and Health

Terrebonne Parish Staff:

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