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.
Nutrition and Health: The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP Ed, and General Nutrition Education programs address nutrition and health. Lessons are taught in schools, summer camps, head start facilities, senior centers, libraries, farmers’ markets and faith-based venues. Adults and youth representing all economic backgrounds benefit from completing a series of 6-8 lessons relating to: portion sizes, reading labels, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, Dietary Guidelines and My Plate, exercise, and healthy choices.
Ombudsman Program: Six ombudsmen resolve complaints, provide resources and advocate for the health and well-being of the residents living in Jefferson nursing homes, skilled care facilities and assisted living residences.Visits with residents, families and facility staff are made according to the GOEA mandates and residents’ requests.
Jefferson Parish 4-H members (9 and 19 years of age) learn and practice how to be strong leaders and citizens through educational opportunities relating to environmental science, healthy living, leadership and citizenship. Collaborators include Jefferson public schools, Kiwanis, Ochsner, Bike Easy and Lions’ Club. 4-H youth with the assistance of adult volunteers develop a sense of Belonging, Independence, Generosity and Mastery which leads to the ability to succeed, meet challenges and develop social skills and self-confidence today and in the future.Collaborations will enhance the opportunities of our youth.
Public interest continues in growing and teaching others to grow fresh produce which had resulted in a continuous demand for programs on home vegetable gardening and home fruit production, pollinator gardening and school and community vegetable gardening.
Presently there are 398 trained Master Gardeners provide a total of 8,278 volunteer hours’ worth an in-kind value of $241,329.89 educating the public in areas relating to horticulture through projects including a demonstration garden at LaSalle Park, gardening seminars and school gardens.
Three regional horticulturists continue to offer programs and resources to Jefferson residents, business owners, and community leaders to increase knowledge while demonstrating best practice horticultural techniques.
The LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant Program in conjunction with JP councilmen, local businesses and community leaders is focused on these major initiatives in Jefferson Parish:
4-H Clubs, school enrichment, community centers, social media, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, website and workshops.
1,034 volunteers:704 ANR, 42 youth, 288 FCS
LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Jefferson Parish residents. The total dollar amount from these commodities were: Animal enterprises, $872,073; aquaculture and wildlife, $26,277,069; plant enterprises, $32,012,802.
Land area — 295.7 square miles; Population —434,051; Population under 18 years old — 24%; Population 65 years old and over — 24%; Median household income — $50,766; Persons below poverty — 15.3%