Snapshot report of the economic impact that the LSU AgCenter Extension agents and programs have on the residents of Caddo Parish.
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, fisheries and wildlife, and animal enterprises to Caddo Parish clientele. The 2017 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary
Family, Nutrition and Health
Many Caddo Parish residents suffer from chronic disease, such as diabetes. Dining with Diabetes is a four-week program designed for those with prediabetes, diabetes, and family/caregivers of those with diabetes. This series helps participants manage and prevent the disease through healthy lifestyle changes. Our August class is reaching 16 participants and another series will start in October. The LSU AgCenter is also in the planning phase of a Healthy Communities initiative, which will target various groups in our Parish. The goal of Healthy Communities is to influence a community’s overall health by making the healthy choice the easy choice. Other groups in Caddo Parish that have been reached through general nutrition programming efforts include the Shreveport Farmers’ Market, Martin Luther King Health Center, Belcher Library, Volunteers of America, Shreveport Green, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Broadmoor ESL, Pumpkin Shine on Line, Caddo Council on Aging, and Waterview Court Assisted Living. Articles are also written periodically for “The Forum” and “The Best of Times.” The Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) reached 100 low-income adults and 725 youth with nutrition education this past year.
4-H Youth Development
The Caddo 4-H Youth Development program has 33 school clubs, 1 community club, and 5 project clubs (leadership, nutrition, archery, rifle, and shotgun). During monthly meetings, youth gain leadership skills through being an officer and leading a club activity. Youth also learn responsibility for oneself and service to others through educational programs and service-learning projects. The focus of the program was “The Power of YOUth” and the goal was for youth to develop life skills focusing on money/time management and communications. An evaluation completed by the youth showed 55% learned the importance of spending money on needs versus wants and about savings, 55% learned how companies market to youth through commercials and advertisements, and 54% learn how to use time wisely. The 2017-18 Service Learning Focus was cancer awareness. 4-H clubs learned about cancer through educational programs during the club meetings, guest speakers, collection of items, and field trips to the cancer centers. Clubs collected almost 1500 items which were used to assemble chemotherapy care bags and family care baskets. 134 notecards were written with encouraging words to cancer survivors or to patients going through cancer treatments. The Junior Leadership Club made 25 blankets and constructed 20 Port Pillows. Chemotherapy Care bags, blankets and port pillows were delivered to the cancer centers in the Shreveport area.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Caddo parish currently has cotton, corn, and soybean test plots. Each covers approximately 20 acres with 16-20 varieties per plot. The plots were planted March-June, 2018 and will be harvested August-October, 2018.The test plots are a joint effort between Caddo parish and Dean Lee Research Station in Alexandria. This year, row crop production meeting and beef/forage production meetings were held for local producers in Caddo parish. Over 70 producers attended and learned about best management practices, new varieties, and current research on pest management.
Who we reach:
How we reach them:
Expanding our efforts:
650 Volunteers- 4-H, Master Gardeners, Community Gardens, Nutrition, ANR
Local Issues & Plans for this year.
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
2.Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
3. Strengthen families and communities