LSU AgCenter
Go Local
   Past Issues
 more...>Louisiana Agriculture Magazine>Past Issues>
4-H Museum offers trip down memory lane
Twelve new members of the 4-H Hall of Fame

Located in Mansura just up the road from the birthplace of 4-H in Louisiana in Moreauville, the Louisiana 4-H Museum offers visitors a unique perspective of the role 4-H has played in people’s lives for more than 100 years.

Master Gardeners: One way extension moved to urban areas
Regina Bracy, director of the LSU AgCenter Southeast Region and also a horticulturist, conducts a tour for Master Gardeners at the Hammond Research Station in Hammond, La.,

In the early part of the 20th century, the majority of Americans lived on the farm, and many made their living from what their farms produced. In those early days, the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service was known as an organization that worked with farmers and farm families.

Volunteers are the heart of 4-H
Volunteers are vital to Cooperative Extension and to 4-H. They have been integral to the development, delivery and success of programs since beginning. Extension professionals engage volunteers by involving them in a variety of roles that provides leadership and support to programs and events.

4-H Begins in Louisiana
4-H member R.V. Mize from St. Joseph shows off the results of his corn

4-H, the nation’s largest youth organization, had a humble beginning in the corn fields of central Louisiana and was apart of the vision of agricultural pioneer, Seaman A. Knapp,credited with helping to engineer the beginnings of both 4-Hand the Cooperative Extension Service.

Extension helps teach nutrition to low-income people
Photo of Marquetta Anderson, left, discusses healthful portions at a SNAP-Ed workshop
Good nutrition is key to living a happy, healthy life. For the 903,000 low-income Louisiana residents who get help paying for food through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), knowing how to make good eating choices on a limited budget can be difficult.
Teaching Nutrition: A Basic Goal of Extension
Photo of AgCenter nutritionist Donna Montgomery
In a state home to diverse flavors as well as a history of poverty, many Louisianans struggle to make healthy, affordable eating choices. Because agriculture’s foremost goal is to feed people, nutrition has always been a central part of the LSU AgCenter’s extension efforts.
Ag Summary captures agriculture history for 35 years
Every year, the LSU AgCenter publishes “Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Natural Resources,” which tabulates the value of agricultural commodities produced in Louisiana. A unique resource, the summary has captured the history of Louisiana agriculture for the past 35 years and provides researchers, extension agents and farmers the information they need to make decisions.
Helping People Raise Cattle for 100 Years
Louisiana county agent showing his bull.
Back in the day, maybe even just a few years ago, it was common for most farms to have at least a few head of cattle. Paul Coreil, retired LSU AgCenter vice chancellor for extension, recalled that on farms similar to the one where he grew up in Evangeline Parish, rice farmers routinely kept cattle to rotate pasture with rice fields.
Extension in times of crisis
raised house
In September 2005, Hurricane Rita’s storm surge inundated coastal southwest Louisiana. In the storm’s aftermath, Vermilion Parish county agent Andrew Granger was organizing efforts to save cattle affected by the storm.
Small-scale landowners benefit from forestry extension
 Extension forestry agent conducts a forestry demonstration inWashington Parish
Forestry management has a long heritage in the United States, and the earliest focus of extension in Louisiana was on regenerating forestlands.
Integrated pest management springs forth after 1960
Photo of Aerial application
In her 1960 book “Silent Spring,” Rachel Carson shook agriculture to its core with a stinging indictment of heavy pesticide use and its effects on the environment.
County agent carries on legacy
LSU AgCenter county agent Mike Hebert
Surrounded by 4-H’ers and show cattle, LSU AgCenter county agent Mike Hebert directed youngsters and their animals moving in and out of the LSU AgCenter’s Livestock Show ring.
Williams spends 50 years in Extension
Leodrey Williams.
Leodrey Williams, chancellor of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, has worked in extension for nearly 50 years
Producing leaders for Louisiana agriculture
Photo of The first director of the LSU AgCenter’s Leadership
In the mid-1980s, Pete deGravelles of the American Sugar Cane League approached Rouse Caffey, then chancellor of the LSU AgCenter, with the idea of an agricultural leadership program.
Past Issues