Ricky Kilpatrick | 2/25/2012 1:45:42 AM
Family, Nutrition & Health
Through the Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program, federal dollars are used in Bossier Parish to work with limited resource families and youth. The AgCenter EFNEP agent for Bossier Parish provides lessons on nutrition and health, improving diet, changing behavior patterns, etc. to improve personal health, development and overall nutritional welfare. The agent works with at least 100 families and numerous youth each year.
4-H Youth Development
Bossier Parish 4-H (2010-11)...8th HIGHEST ENROLLMENT IN THE STATE!
The educational focus for the 2011-2012 club year is S.A.F.E. (Sensible Advice For Everyone) which includes topics on cyber bullying, creating safe user names and passwords, the positives and negatives of posting statuses and on the overall "sensible" use of technology sources. The Shreveport/Bossier Rescue Mission has been adopted by Bossier Parish 4-H’ers this year and are donating paper towels, macaroni and cheese, deodorant, hand sanitizers, Styrofoam cups, plastic utensils, hair brushes, socks and bars of soap. These donations should save the Mission approximately $10,000, freeing up funds for other pro-jects or activities.
This year the Bossier Parish 4-H Shooting Sports program received a grant in the amount of $18,013. This grant allowed us to improve our program by pur-chasing an equipment trailer along with several new pieces of equipment. With the new equipment, we are now able to offer the 4-H members of Bossier Parish with even more opportunities!
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Forestry is Louisiana’s number one agricultural industry year after year. In 2010, for-estry in Bossier Parish had a gross farm value of over $20.5 million dollars. The 2012 Ark-La-Tex Forestry Forum addresses forest taxes, wildlife management, financial decisions concerning forest investments and other topics. Recent seminars addressed feral hogs problems, white-tailed deer management and care and maintenance of yard trees for Bossier residents. Numerous calls and home visits are made concerning lawns, gardens, yard trees, nuisance wildlife and other pests. Several hundred teachers are also trained in the region annually through Project Learning Tree, a world renowned environmental edu-cation program.
5,529 - Youth (includes 1,250 4-H members & 24 school 4-H clubs)
6,475 - Adults 4,675 Ag & Natural Resources 1,800 Family, Nutrition & Health
4-H clubs, Seminars, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops/Trainings, Newsletters, Web sites, Publications, and Social media.
150 Volunteers - 4-H, Outdoor Skills, Judges, Advisory Councils, Club leaders
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aqua-culture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Bossier Parish clientele. The 2010 total dol-lar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population - 116,979
Land area (square miles) - 840.06
Persons under 18 years old - 25.7%
Persons 65 years old and over - 12.0%
Median household income - $51,020
Persons below poverty - 13.4%
Local Issues & Plans for this year:
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
4. Strengthen families and communities