Amy Thornton, Pinnell-Alison, Carol L., Lafferty, Kelly
The LSU AgCenter is dedicated to providing innovative research, information and education to improve people’s lives. Working in a unique 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
Corn harvest began in August followed by soybean harvest and hopefully by the end of October cotton harvest will be complete. Franklin Parish increased the number of corn, cotton and rice acres planted with 98,405, 22,881 and 10,428 respectively. Planted soybean acres dropped to 22,115 putting soybean acres below cotton acres for the first time in many years.
Bi-weekly visits were made to 15 corn, cotton and soybean core block demonstrations being conducted in NE Louisiana. These on-farm variety demonstrations give producers yield information on current varieties being marketed. This information is used to make variety selection decisions for the next growing season.
Ornamental and vegetable presentations were given to the Farm Project Community Garden participants, the Clarke Lea Garden Club in Bastrop, The Southern Home and Garden Club and the Ruston Farmer’s Market growers. Homeowner questions related to ornamental, fruit and vegetable varieties, planting dates, fertility and pest management were addressed.
The Franklin 4-H program received grant monies from the Walmart Foundation-Healthy Living Initiative. The monies were used to offset the cost of supplies for a raised garden bed at the community garden provided by the Farm Project a part of the Delta Initiative. We had 4 youth sign up for the program however, their families got involved and it became a family project. The youth assisted with planting the vegetables, watering the garden and weeding. The youth picked and ate the vegetables when they matured. Some of the youth had never tasted eggplant, bell peppers, or squash. It was fun watching them taste the different vegetables. They wrote in a journal about the different foods they tried and how they cooked them at home with the other members of their families.
This year we had 4 youth participate in the hunter safety track at camp. They spent two days learning about hunter safety. They had to shoot and take a written exam. All of them passed the test to become hunter safety certified. Madelyn Volentine (far left in the picture) was the only person to receive a perfect score of 100 on the test. Great job!
Ms. Kelly Lafferty, 4-H agent of Franklin parish, recently attended the LAE4-HA association conference. LAE4-HA stands for Louisiana Association for Extension 4-H Agents. Ms. Lafferty was recognized during the awards luncheon for several of her accomplishments. She won promotional piece—Individual for her club poster that she gives out every fall to the 4-H leaders in promoting joining 4-H. She won a specialty award in excellence in global citizenship programming award for the 4-H International Night the clubs put on in the spring. She won a team award for promotional package for challenge camp. Ms. Lafferty assisted with the marketing of the flyer and t-shirt design.