Craig Roussel | 4/3/2012 6:57:52 PM
Agriculture & Natural Resources
In 2014, the value of Agriculture and Natural Resources for Ascension Parish topped 44.3 million dollars. The parish has a very diverse agriculture related base which includes sugarcane, soybean, horticulture, cattle, and many other ANR enterprises. Throughout the year clientele are educated using a multifaceted approach through meetings, field days, workshops, demonstrations, and farm and home visits.
Master Gardener Program
There are currently 59 active trained Master Gardeners, including 13 graduates from the Class of 2014, that serve as volunteers assisting LSU AgCenter agents with outreach efforts to help meet educational needs in consumer horticulture. Programs include environmental improvement activities, community and school garden programs, public horticultural events, etc. Some activities of the Ascension Master Gardeners include a spring and fall Library Lecture Series, vegetable gardening activities, educational booths at fairs and festivals, demonstration gardens, and a plant health clinic. Ascension Parish Master Gardeners volunteered a total of 2,477 hours with a current value of $54,490 ($22 per volunteer hour) resulting in over 41,480 volunteer public contacts. They logged approximately 20,500 miles and contributed over $3,964 in unreimbursed expenses for a total program value of over $68,900.00.
4-H Youth Development
Ascension Parish 4-H provides community youth with opportunities to develop life skills through nontraditional experiential learning activities, programs, and school enrichment learning. During the 2014-2015 school year 1465 youth gained knowledge in agriculture, citizenship, financial literacy, healthy living, service learning, workforce preparation, and science, engineering and technology programming. 4-H has given youth endless opportunities to work with caring adult volunteers to foster personal growth and become well rounded citizens through the Essential Elements of 4-H: Belonging, Independence, Generosity, and Mastery. Youth have gained knowledge through the following project clubs and activities: 4-H Camp/Lost Camp, 4-H Day at the Capitol, 4-H Hornet's Game, 4-H Scholarships, 4-H University, Achievement Day, Ag Wonders, Beef & Dairy Posters, Egg/Sugar/Beef/Poultry/Seafood Cookeries, Challenge Camp, Character Counts Program, Cloverbuds, Club Meetings, Commodity Ambassador Illustrated Talk, Fashion Workshops, Food & Fitness Camp, Home & Style Club, Horse Club, Jr. Leader Conference, Jr. Leader Club, LA 4-H Day of Service, LA Connections Camp, Livestock Club, Marsh Maneuvers, National 4-H Conference, National 4-H Week, Officer Training, Parish/State Fashion Camp, Pet Show, Portfolios, Project Books, Robotics Club, School Gardens, Science Workshops, Service Learning, Sew With Cotton Contest, Shooting Sports Club, Smart Bodies, Talent Show, and Youth Wetlands Week.
Who we reach:
51,607 YOUTH (includes 1,465 4-H members & 44 school and project 4-H clubs)
23,124 ADULTS, 2,066 Adults 4-H Youth Development, 11,758 Ag & Natural Resources, 9,300 Family & Consumer Sciences
How we reach them:
4-H clubs, Class series, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Web sites, Publications, and Social media.
Expanding our efforts:
119 Volunteers— 4-H, Master Gardeners, FCS
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to
Ascension Parish clientele. The 2014 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
—Plant enterprises - $28,775,575.
—Aquaculture and wildlife - $145,875.
—Animal enterprises - $15,413,602.
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population - 117,029
Land area (square miles) - 289.98
Persons under 18 years old - 27.9%
Persons 65 years old and over - 9.9%
Median household income - $69,070.00
Persons below poverty - 12.3%
Local Issues & Plans for this year:
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Ascension Parish Agriculture
2. Promote and grow Ascension Parish Master Gardener Program
3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development