Family, Nutrition & Health
Louisiana ranks eighth in adult obesity and seventh in overweight and obese youth. In order to promote a healthier lifestyle, 400 youth ages 5 to 18 received lessons that demonstrate ways to eat healthier using MyPlate. Youth were shown how MyPlate meals should look,;ways to prepare healthy, low-fat, nutritious snacks for after-school treats; and samples of vegetables and fruits – some they had never tasted before. Also 10 families were taught how to grow vegetables in either pots or small gardens in order to have fresh vegetables to consume. 70% said they could eat the MyPlate way and were willing to try some of the new vegetables.4-H Youth DevelopmentIn a response to concerns from the parish advisory committee that youth lack money management skills and have little knowledge of savings and use of credit, the 2012-2013 programming focus was financial management. Lessons included needs versus wants, savings and interest, balancing budgets, establishing and maintaining credit, banking and check writing. Two high school 4-H Clubs and two elementary clubs completed pre and post tests on financial management. Of those surveyed, 65% of high school students and 49% of elementary school students gained knowledge of financial management skills. Other concerns from the advisory committee were lack of teen involvement in the community. In response, the Junior Leader Club completed a service project to raise money for the American Cancer Society and participate in the Relay for Life: of DeSoto Parish. Over $500 was raised.
Agriculture & Natural ResourcesAccording to the USDA National Agricultural Statistic Services, DeSoto Parish has approximately 14,200 beef cows in January 1, 2012. The LSU Agriculture Summary reported a gross farm value of $11,856,083 for beef production. In order to sustain the cattle industry in DeSoto Parish, we conducted a series of meetings in which beef producers gained awareness of pasture condition scoring, reclaiming pastures, fertility issues of managing forages, feeding cattle through the winter, cool-season forage variety recommendations, marketing beef cattle, outlook of beef industry in 2013 and the animal disease traceability program. We averaged 48 people attending our beef meeting. With the utilization of a beef cattle email distribution list which has95 members, timely news articles are sent to cattleman in the area. Numerous individuals have replied that the information they received was very helpful to their operation.
2,442 Youth (includes nearly 505 4-H members & 12 school 4-H clubs)2,975 –Adults 1,528 Ag & Natural Resources 1,447 Family Consumer Sciences
4-H Clubs, Class series, School enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Websites, Publications, Social media.
148 Volunteers: 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to DeSoto Parish clientele. The 2012 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary www.lsuagcenter.com/agsummaryPopulation – 26,963Land area (square miles) – 875.58Persons under 18 years old – 24.5%Persons 65 years old and over – 15.2%Median household income – $39,213Persons below poverty – 19.6%
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture.
2. Create a sense of belonging among all the youth involved and promote independence and generosity among teenage groups.
3. Strengthen families and communities.
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