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 Vernon Parish 4-H program has 31 traditional clubs for 9-19 year olds with an enrollment of 2128.4-H is a traditional agriculture and family consumer science based program that teaches youth necessary life skills in the areas of personal development, decision making and communication.4-H has also expanded to include economic development, citizenship/service learning and leadership. These life skills are taught through a variety of methods:club meeting programs, camp, workshops, contests, tours, social activities and more.Youth are also provided with the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop leadership skills beyond the local and parish levels through events such as State 4-H University, 4-H Marsh Maneuvers, Wild Woods Wonderings, Livestock and Horse Shows, Junior
Leadership Conference and La. Co-op Leadership Conference. In addition to the traditional organized clubs, 4-H is offered on the Fort Polk Installation.Members can also join the 4-H Livestock Club and the 4-H Teen Leader Club. Vernon Parish also continues to have the largest 4-H enrollment in the state. Research has shown that youth who feel they belong to a group have a greater sense of independence, are more motivated and have fewer behavioral problems in school. 4-H uses the four elements of Positive Youth Development:Belonging, Mastery, Independence and Generosity to provide the youth of Vernon Parish with quality programs to engage the youth of Vernon Parish.
Family & Consumer Science programs focus on Senior Adults in Vernon Parish.Programs are conducted on a bi-monthly basis for Byrd Regional Hospital’s “Senior Circle” group, the Leesville Council on Aging, and Sunshine Center Elderly Living Apartment residents.Topics covered include healthy eating, safe and effective physical activity for senior adults, chronic disease prevention, diabetes awareness, thrifty food shopping and eating on the go.Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, Quincy Cheek, also presents food demonstrations on quick and easy meals senior adults can make at home that are low cost and packed with nutrients.Agriculture & Natural Resources
Vernon Parish Beef Alliance has fifteen producers that joined together to form an alliance.They developed a feeder calf program that ships about seven loads of calves which amounts to about $350,000.00 to Vernon Parish.
The Horse Industry in Vernon Parish has seen an increase in the number of race horses.This is generalized economic development for Vernon Parish through the purchase of feeds, fertilizer, equipment and pharmaceutical supplies.
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary
Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
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