Debra Langlois | 2/27/2018 7:57:05 PM
Agriculture & Natural Resources
In 2015, the value of Agriculture and Natural Resources for Ascension Parish topped 47.25 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 83 active trained Master Gardeners, including 16 graduates from the Class of 2016, 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 2,995.5 hours with a current value of $68,087.72 ($22.73 per volunteer hour) resulting in 48,687 volunteer public contacts. They logged approximately 25,968 miles and contributed $2,683 in unreimbursed expenses for a total program value of over $84,015.
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 2015-2016 school year 1485 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, 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.
44,781 YOUTH (includes 1,485 4-H
members & 37 school and project
4,452 Adults 4-H Youth Development
13,111 Ag & Natural Resources
How we reach them:
4-H Clubs Class Series
School Enrichment Demonstrations
Field Days Workshops
Newsletters Farm & Home Visits
Publications Social media
Meetings Web sites
Expanding our efforts:
4-H and Master Gardeners
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Ascension Parish clientele. The 2015 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
—Plant enterprises - $31,423,176.
—Aquaculture and wildlife - $190,674.
—Animal enterprises - $15,642,047.
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary
Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population - 119,455
Land area (square miles) - 289.98
Persons under 18 years old - 27.5%
Persons 65 years old and over - 10.5%
Median household income - $70,207.00
Persons below poverty - 13.7%
Local Issues & Plans for this year.
1. Increase productivity and profitability of
Ascension Parish Agriculture
-Conduct Vegetable Garden Field Day for Home
-Conduct Home Horticulture Symposium
-Work with the Ascension Parish Cattlemen’s Association
to educate local producers
-Sugarcane Producer Meetings & Field Day
-Conduct Master Gardener Library Series, spring and fall, open to the public
-Conduct other Horticulture Educational Workshops
-Conduct farm and home educational visits
2. Promote and grow Ascension Parish
Master Gardener Program
-Recruit new Master Gardeners through class offering each year
-Expand Master Gardener volunteer efforts
-Work to continue maintenance and improvements of the landscape bed and fruit and vegetable demonstration gardens at Lamar Dixon Expo Center
3. Build leaders and good citizens through
4-H youth development
-Develop and implement outreach and educational infor- mation concerning 4-H as a whole. Also to educate about the multitude of program options we provide.
-Provide youth with social development opportunities
-Provide youth with leadership development opportunities