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.
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).
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.
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.
4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, website and workshops.
312 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners and family and community
Office hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
4-H and Youth Development Agriculture and Natural Resources Animal Production Horticulture/Lawn and Garden Pest Management Sugarcane/ Soybeans Nutrition and Health
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: