Caldwell Parish Profile 2012

Jimmy Mccann  |  5/9/2012 8:08:10 PM

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Program Highlights

Family & Consumer Sciences
Individuals and families today deal with multiple is-sues in raising children, eating right and spending smart in order to live well. Parenting education pro-grams are presented to clients and teach skills needed to raise children from birth through adolescence. Job readiness and basic money skills are taught to help clients make better decisions upon entering the work-force. Nutrition programs taught are designed to help clientele increase their nutrition knowledge which in turn helps them live a healthier lifestyle.

4-H Youth Development
The 339 youth enrolled in 4-H, grades 4-12, meet monthly and have the opportunity to learn and practice parliamentary procedure, gain information about club contests, events and camps and learn from demonstra-tions presented by their peers and 4-H staff. Club meeting programs included leadership, safety, garden-ing and agriculture. Two project clubs meet monthly, the Junior Leadership Club, grades 7-12 and the Fash-ion, Food and Fitness Club. Junior Leaders learn skills in leadership and citizenship and practice those skills by becoming more engaged in 4-H and their commu-nity through community service and service learning experiences. Members of the Fashion, Food and Fit-ness Club, grades 4-6, are engaged in experiential learning activities on the topics of nutrition, fitness, fashion and grooming related topics.

Agriculture & Natural Resources
Caldwell Parish is a rural parish that has row crops and timber for the bulk of its income. Many producers raise cattle to subsidize their income. The LSU AgCenter along with the NRCS provide producers with research based information taken from variety test plots planted in the parish to better prepare them for the growing season. Producers learned about pasture management and pesticides and will be able to take better care of their pas-tures to produce higher quality animals for the market place. Corn and soybeans are be-coming more prevalent in the parish because of the initial cost of planting cotton. 

Who we reach:

1,764 - Youth (includes youth reached through 4-H and FNP programs)
1,075 - Adults 550 Ag & Natural Resources 525 Family Consumer Sciences

How we reach them:  

4-H clubs, Class series, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Web sites, and Publications.

Expanding our efforts:

18 Volunteers - 4-H Youth Development

Parish Facts  

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aqua-culture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Caldwell Parish clientele. The 2011 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises - $6,079,636.00
  • Fisheries and Wildlife - $1,857,932.50
  • Animal enterprises - $3,089,092.50

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary

Population - 10,132
Land area (square miles) - 529.43
Persons under 18 years old - 23.4%
Persons 65 years old and over - 14.8%
Median household income - $37,423
Persons below poverty - 21.9% 

Local Issues & Plans for this year

1. The LSU AgCenter will continue to educate the public on the benefits of producer agriculture.  

  • Public meetings on agriculture 
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits

2. Continue educating producers on glyphosate alterna-tives and other farm chemicals

3. Continue research on the small grains being grown in our parish with on-site farm variety demonstrations

4. Provide public with more information on forestry, the primary source of agriculture income for Caldwell Parish

5. Inform producers on all aspects of beef cattle produc-tion

6. Develop leaders and productive citizens through 4-H youth development.  

  • 4-H youth gained skills in safety and leadership includ-ing communication, public speaking, team building and parliamentary procedure. Project club members have the opportunity for more in-depth study of specific projects and to become involved in community affairs.

7. Provide information on small animal 4-H projects due to the high cost of feed and hay deterring members from participating in large animal 4-H projects

8. Strengthen families and communities  

  • FNP clients will receive training on eating healthy, nutritious food, food safety, budgeting food dollars and adopting healthy weight management practices.
  • Youth will participate in the Smart Body, Body Walk. Students from kindergarten through sixth grade will learn the importance of eating healthy food and how it effects the body.
  • Youth and adults will learn about eating balanced diets, reducing salt, sugar and fat in meals and gain knowledge on the prevention of chronic diseases.
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