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.
Presentations were given to the Winnsboro Garden Club and Lions Club on the LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Super Plants Program, weed and insect control in lawn and flower beds, and plants for attracting pollinators and field crop status.
A Fall Horticulture Forum was held at the Scott Research and Extension Center where participants learned about using pesticides safely and reading a pesticide label, the Calhoun pea, fruit trees, vegetable weed control, garden myths and medicinal plants.
The development of horticulture demonstrations is continuing at the Scott Research and Extension Center in Winnsboro. A blackberry demonstration has been added and the Louisiana Super Plant beds have been expanded.
A WPS Train-the-Trainer certification program was offered for pesticide applicators who want to be able to train their own employees in the Worker Protection Standard required safety program.
The Louisiana Department of Ag and Forestry recently sponsored a regional unwanted agricultural pesticide collection day in Winnsboro. Several producers from Franklin Parish took advantage of this free program.
Corn, cotton, soybean, rice and sweet potato in this order made up the majority of the 157,000 acres planted in the parish to row crops. Corn dominated the crop acres with 98,000 acres planted. Weather and low commodity prices again played a large role in the economic outcome of our producers.
The annual cookery contest was held November 14 atthe River of Life Church. We had a small number of 4-H members thatparticipated in the event. All of them will advance to the area cookery contestwhich is held at the Rayville Civic Center in February. Johnathan Donnellreceived 1st place in chicken and rice main dish and 2nd in the egg category.Leighann Jinks received 1st place in pecan, sweet potato and healthyhamburger. Sara McCarthy received 1st place in the egg category and JohnMcBroom received 1st place in ground beef.
We held our annual royal court which serves as a fundraiserfor 4-H. This year we had a great number of 4-H members participate. In our7th-12th division, Avery Clark (Crowville) Queen. In the 4th-6th grade division,Hannah Williamson (Gilbert) was Queen. Princesses were: Olivia Eames(FCCS), Reagan Easterling (Gilbert), Surena Eley (Homeschool), Erica Daniels(Gilbert), Baya Ready (Baskin), Sara Beth Ezell (FA), Leighann Jinks (Crowville)and Lillianan Morgan (Baskin). King was Da’MyJoe Bell (Baskin). Princes were:Grant Thompson and Xavier McGurk both from Crowville.