Avoyelles Parish Profile 2012

Esther C. Vanderlick  |  3/28/2012 6:37:07 PM

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Program Highlights

4-H, Youth & Family Development
Citizenship/Leadership, students develop, plan, and implement service to community and schools.

Science, Engineering & Technology co-curricular emphasis in line with the schools need for enhancing test scores. Club meetings for 1200 youth provide hands-on cultivation of the scientific process. Con-secutive meetings develop mastery of content.

Healthy Living is incorporated into school climate with the Body Walk/Smart Bodies program. Empha-sis on preventing disease and obesity has been a central lesson in every site.

Family, Nutrition & Health- Southern University pro-vides an EFNEP nutrition program and a parenting agent who both work with the community on nutrition education and parenting education.

Agriculture & Natural Resources
Crops-cultivar evaluations were conducted with wheat, corn, grain sorghum, and cotton in order to assess local performance. In depth, whole practice recommendations were tested with verification fields in rice and soybean production. Farmers gained knowledge of LSU AgCenter recommendations for production of cotton, rice, soybean, grain sorghum, crawfish, corn, and sugarcane grower clinics.

Master Gardener Education-42 participants engaged in classes on annuals, perennials, tree production, and shrub maintenance, turf management and vegetable gardening.

Horticulture-Clients learn about best management practices for gardens, lawns, land-scapes, and fruit/vegetable trees.

Pest Management-Growers, homeowners learn pest control strategies along with educa-tion about pesticides, the environment, and safe use. 

Who we reach.  

 6,500 - Youth (includes 1200 4-H members & 26 school 4-H clubs)
12,000 - Adults 3,000 Ag & Natural Resources 9,000 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:  

120 Volunteer— 4-H Youth Development, Master Gardeners, Family & Community 

Parish Facts  

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquacul-ture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Avoyelles parish clientele. The 2010 total amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises $87,930,926
  • Aquaculture and wildlife $11,044,829
  • Animal enterprises $10,639,102

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Website: LSU AgCenter.com/agsummary

Population—42,073
Land area (square miles)—832.43
Persons under 18 years old—24.4%
Persons 65 years old and over—14.4%
Median household income - $31,412
Persons below poverty-23.3% 

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Lou-isiana Agriculture.  

  • Conduct pesticide and worker protection program.
  • Conduct production meetings for cotton, rice, soy-bean, sugarcane, corn, grain sorghum, and craw-fish.
  • Write news column, web page content, and semi-nars on agriculture practices
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits.

2. 4-H, Youth & Family Development Citizenship/Leadership  

  • Develop a Facebook group for 4-H members to promote belonging.
  • Develop and implement service learning projects throughout the parish.

Science, Engineering & Technology  

  • Continue to focus on STEM club meeting as an initiative area.
  • Work with schools to help develop science fairs.
  • Continue hands on workshops and clinics for youth with science focus.

3. Nutrition  

  • Place emphasis on unprocessed fresh food.
  • Teach young people and young adults how to pre-pare foods.
  • Teach people the causes of obesity and prevention of obesity.
  • Smart Bodies in Avoyelles Parish Schools.
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