Worker Protections Standards
In May, a program was presented to Parish Council employees on Pesticide Safety.The 1 hour program focused on types of pesticides, understanding pesticide labels, protective clothing and equipment, environmental hazards, pesticide storage and more.There were more than 20 employees that participated in the program.The program was implemented to educate individuals that have some interaction with pesticides on how to use pesticides safely.Although this is not an annual program, it is presented every few years to educate new employees and refresh the memory of experienced employees.
Rienzi Farmer’s Market
The Reinzi Farmer’s market at the St. Francis Vegetable Garden in Thibodaux ran for two months this summer. The nutrition agent conducted a food demo on Ratatouille with the summer vegetables. Each farmer present had a vegetable that was showcased in the dish.
Over 50 consumers were present at the market and 27 of them tasted the dish. Each taste-tester enjoyed the dish. The recipe was given to each participant.
SNAP-Ed has partnered with the Wallace Community Center and Nicholls State University’s Dietetic Internship Program to provide nutrition education to 20 children this summer. Kids in the Kitchen is a hands-on approach that allows kids to understand kitchen safety, the importance of a healthy diet, and teaches them how to prepare healthy foods. The kids have learned about MyPlate, parts of the plants that we eat, the importance of physical activity, and the proper way to wash hands. We prepared recipes such as peanut butter playdough, breakfast banana splits, and smoothies. The kids that attended loved the food that they prepared and were able to take home items, such as aprons, to utilize in the future.
4-H Youth Development
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More than 1,200 youth converged on LSU’s campus from June 18 to 21 for 4-H University, an annual event where 4-H members between the ages of 13 and 19 can compete in contests, win prizes and explore careers.Students can compete in over 40 contests that range from fashion design and cooking to outdoor skills and plant science.Winners of several contests advance to national competitions or receive prizes such as educational trips.Prizes, however, are just one benefit of going to 4-H University.This event is where they discover new interests and learn skills that will help them become responsible, compassionate adults.43 students joined these youth to represent Lafourche Parish 4-H where they came home with 6 state winners, 10 first alternate and 22 blue ribbons.The state winning 4-H’ers that won a trip were Lauren Chiasson and Jillian Galiano, South Lafourche High, Consumer Decision Making and Riley Albert and Seth Montgomery, E. D. White and Miles Smith, Central Lafourche High, Fishing Sports.These students will be taking full-paid educational trips to Chattanooga, Tennessee and Honey Brake Lodge in Louisiana.
Volunteer Appreciation Banquet
On the evening of May 22, at 6:30 p.m., we hosted a volunteer banquet at the Raceland Agriculture Building to recognize the dedicated, hard-working volunteers of Lafourche 4-H. There were 74 volunteers and guest in attendance. At the banquet,4-H members, Seth Mitchell and Gracie Pepper gave their 1st place winning Youth Safe Driving presentation to the attendees. Tristan Foret, a 2019 senior, also gave a speech to acknowledge what the 4-H program has done for him throughout the past 9 years, and he emphasized on life skills he obtained, such as responsibility, respect, dedication, and determination. The parish president, Jimmy Cantrelle, and School Board representative, Frank Pasqua also addressed the audience on the significance 4-H played in their lives.
All of our programs and educational events are made possible with the help and time given from these volunteers. In Lafourche parish, we have a range of volunteers: Club leaders, project leaders, overnight chaperone`s, authorized driver`s, foundation board member`s, and episodic volunteers. We value the impact the volunteers make on our youth.
Other Programs Conducted
- In June, a sugarcane advisory committee meeting was held to plan the 2019 Lafourche/Terrebonne Sugarcane Field Day.
- On May 19 – 21, fisheries agent attended the Conference for Natural Resource Economics and Policy (CNREP) to listen to experts from around the world to talk about sustainable use of natural resources for economic stability.
- Reached out to area Louisiana Direct Seafood (LaTer) Producers to advertise their current “fresh catch” through a biweekly newsletter.
- Participated in the Shrimp Task Force meetings.
- Made recommendations on pond construction and management for the production of crawfish.
- Recommendations made to private fish pond owners on weed control, water quality and pond construction.
- Answered phone calls and questions from area clientele on a variety of topics including maps of the DHH Molluscan Shellfish program and water quality in aquaculture.
- Participated in a Habitat Restoration planting at Grand Isle State Park. Three hundred mulberry and live oak saplings were planted to follow the removal of the invasive tallow tree.
- Participated in the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program’s quarterly management conference (Management Conference 87).
- Attended the Louisiana Shrimp Associations members meeting, Houma, LA.
- Attended the Louisiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society meeting, Thibodaux, LA
- Distributed the crawfish production newsletter, to 38 producers
- Hosted a table at the New Orleans Oyster Festival
- Conducted visits to shrimp docks and crab shedders
- Provided a Let’s Eat for the Health of It program to Raceland adults.
- Completed nutrition education at all Lafourche Head Start sites.
- Held an advisory committee meeting in conjunction with the Lafourche School Board’s Community Health Advisory Committee meeting.
- Attended the Louisiana Extension of Family and Community Sciences in West Monroe.
- Trained the St. Martin Area Nutrition Agent on conducting Walk Audits in her community.
- Helped plan and coordinate the Ag Career Awareness Day at the Sugar Research Station.
- Presented portion control information at Keeping Off & Taking Off the Pounds Sensibly meeting.
- Filmed 2 videos on LSU campus on preventing food waste. Videos will be shared on YouTube to impact young adults.
- Presented the importance of breakfast at Nicholls State’s Stress Less Fair on campus.
- Was the guest speaker at NSU Dietetic Internship Completion ceremony.
- Presented healthy community information at the Bayou Partnership Prevention Coalition meeting.
- Spoke at the City of Thibodaux council meeting.
- Presented kitchen equipment lesson at the Quarterly Nutrition Educator Training in New Iberia.
- Attended the Louisiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Advocacy Day at Lieutenant Governor’s office in Baton Rouge.
- Attended the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Grant meeting.
- Presented food demonstration lesson to the 4-H members attending the 4-H University training in Baton Rouge.
- Presented food budgeting lesson to the Cub Scout members at St. Genevieve.
- Hosted a booth explaining hydration importance at the Rouses Health Fair in Thibodaux.
- Presented healthy community follow up at the Maternal & Child Health Coalition meeting.
- Attended the Office of Public Health “SHIP to SHORE 2019” meeting in LaPlace.
- Attended 1 LSU AgCenter Faculty Council meetings.
- Promoted best nutrition practices on 3 KTIB radio programs.
- Co-Superintendent of the Next Healthy Food Star Contest at 4-H University; ran nutritional analysis of recipes and solicited volunteer judges from Big Mike’s BBQ & Chef John Folse Culinary Institute.
- 7 4-H club members participated in the State Ambassador Contest held in Alexandria.Lafourche Parish had four state winners, two 2nd place winners, one blue ribbon and one red ribbon.
- 18 4-H club members participated in the State Shooting Sports meet in Shreveport in rifle, archery, and shotgun.
- 32 horse exhibitors participated in the Bayou Area Horse Show on June 1st in Napoleonville. Exhibitors competed in performance and speed events for prizes and buckles.
- 4-H’ers across the parish gathered to enjoy the Outdoor Adventure Day at a local fish pond.They enjoyed a day in the sun fishing, ATV training, casting skills, wetlands, and much more.
- A garden contest was held where 4-H’ers were asked to grow their own garden and care for it.They became very knowledgeable in areas such as insect prevention, fertilizing crops and responsibility.
- Southeast District Horse Show was conducted on June 25 and 26.4-H’ers participated and qualified for the state horse show in July.
- Jr. Leader meeting was conducted and the 2019-2020 officers were elected for the new school year.
- A horse advisory meeting was held to discuss the upcoming events and to plan for the new school year.
- 4-H’ers, parents, volunteers and agents participated in 4-H Day at the Capitol in Baton Rouge where they were allowed to tour the Capitol, meet with legislators and learn about our state judicial system.
- Mrs. Vickie Smith, Administrative Coordinator 3, received the parish Administrative Assistant Award at State 4-H University
- A livestock awards banquet was held to honor livestock exhibitors and recognize contributors for the program.
- A livestock crawfish boil fundraiser was held.Over 2000 pounds of crawfish were boiled and sold.
- A JLGA Goat Show was hosted in Lafourche Parish.
- 4-H’ers participated in the Southwest Regional Agriculture Career Awareness Day.
- 4-H Agent along with several 4-H’ers attended a service learning training in West Baton Rouge.
- Several leaders, principals, volunteers and 4-H’ers attended the 4-H Advisory meeting to assist agents in evaluating and discussing methods of improving the total 4-H program.