Vernon 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.

Programs

4-H Youth Development

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 Sciences

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.

Who We Reach

  • 6192- Youth (includes 2128 4-H members and 31 school 4-H clubs)
  • 2000 -Adults Ag & Natural Resources Family Consumer Sciences

How we reach them

  • 4-H clubs Class series
  • School Enrichment Demonstrations
  • Field days Workshops
  • Newsletters Web sites
  • Publications Facebook

Expanding our efforts

  • 191 4-H Volunteers
  • 105 Youth Volunteers

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Vernon Parish clientele.The 2017 total dollar amounts from these commodities were:
  • Plant enterprises- $78,251,361
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $295,553
  • Animal enterprises- $38,064,409

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary
Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary

  • Population - 50,726
  • Land area (square miles) - 1,328.41
  • Persons under 18 years old -24.6%
  • Persons 65 years old and over - 11.7%
  • Median household income - $46,620
  • Persons below poverty - 18.3%

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture

  • Conduct farm and home educational visits
  • Increase Agriculture Awareness parish-wide
  • Conduct Master Horse Classes
  • Assist with the Vernon Beef Alliance group
  • Assist with the La. Stock Horse Association
  • Write news column, web page content, and seminars on agriculture practices

Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment

  • Before and after hurricane information
  • Conduct private pesticide re-certification classes

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development

  • The youth/adult partnerships of Vernon Parish will gain the knowledge and skills required to plan and conduct service learning/community service programs to meet the needs of their communities.
  • 4-H program will focus on involving youth and adults in activities which will encourage belonging, mastery, independence and generosity as they achieve necessary life skills.
  • Will engage youth, teens, and adults in Development, as monthly lessons are taught on the Six Pillars of Character: Respect, Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.
  • Enhance both the Adult and Youth volunteer program through recruiting, one-on-one and group trainings, mentoring and recognition.

Strengthen families and communities

  • FNP clients will receive training on feeding their families nutritionally on a budget.

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

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