Keith Hawkins | 3/21/2012 7:42:35 PM
4-H Youth Development
Beauregard Parish has an active 4-H program with a 4-H Club in each of our parish public schools as well as a Home School Club and one private club. We have an annual enrollment between 500 and 600 youth between the ages of 9 and 19. Club educational programs con-tinue to focus on Work Ethic and Character Counts. This focus continues to be an issue that our 4-H Advisory views as a continued educational importance. Many educational activities such as workshops and Field Days are conducted annually. Activi-ties have conducted related to Pet Shows and Pet Care, Science and Engineering, Foods Contest and safety activities, Puppet Practices and Puppet Shows at annual Parish Fair and the Beauregard Watermelon Festival.
The largest 4-H project enrollments in Beauregard Parish are the Introduction to 4-H "Discovering 4-H", Outdoor Skills which includes the disciplines of Archery, Rifle, Shotgun and Hunting, and the more traditional Livestock projects which include beef, goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine. We have over 50 direct and indirect volunteers who serve as organizational club leaders, project volunteers, educational activity presenters, judges, as well as other volunteer efforts.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Beauregard Parish has ranked second in forestry receipts statewide in 2009, 2010 & 2011. The 2012 SW LA Forestry Forum educated forest landowners about the state of LA forestry, mineral & pipeline leasing, ecotourism, movie site registration, selling small timber tracts, and NRCS longleaf programs. Other forestry programs included: hunting lease tax workshop, family succession workshop, and prescribed burn workshop.
Master Gardeners started its second MG classes for nine recruits, and several of the Beauregard MG’ers became Advanced MG. These MG’er have started a demonstration garden at the Fairgrounds and had tours during the Parish Fair. Extra vegetables went to the Council of Aging. Our MG’ers are assisting with the 2011 State MG Meeting in Lake Charles. One MG’ers lead a workshop about ornamental eucalyptus in Merryville. Another MG’er has instructed both children and adults about insects at several events.
The SW LA Beekeepers Association celebrated its first anniversary in FY 2012, and at least six attendees have started their first hives. This Association contin-ues to have meetings and workshops to help novice beekeepers in starting, splitting, inspecting hives. Out-side speakers have discussed hive pests and income taxes. The Board continues to make recommendations on programs to promote local beekeeping.
Youth: (includes 600 4-H members in 18 school 4-H clubs)
Adults: (includes forest landowners from LA, TX, CO, CA, VA, WA, WV);
Total Agriculture & Natural Re-sources contacts: 58,367
4-H clubs, Class series, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Web sites, Publications, and Social media
170 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Volunteers for Family & Community, SW LA Forestry Association, SW LA Beekeepers Association, Beauregard Cattleman’s Asso-ciation.
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, and animal enterprises to Beauregard Parish clientele. The 2010 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population - 35,419
Land area (acres) - 755,772
Persons under 18 years old - 26.0%
Persons 65 years old and over - 13.1%
Median household income - $43,398
Persons below poverty - 14.0%
1. Promote the wise use of natural re-sources & protection of the environment.
2. Increase productivity & profitability of LA Agriculture.
3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.