Caldwell Parish First Quarter Report 2011

Jimmy Mccann, Pilcher, Dr. Cynthia F., Tarver, Tammy  |  5/23/2011 9:25:11 PM

Agriculture    

A private applicator recertification meeting was attended by 20 producers and gardeners who learned pesticide safety and application.

A corn variety trial was planted in Caldwell Parish in order for producers in Caldwell and surrounding parishes to learn how well varieties produce and perform in a particular area.

Approximately 2,000 northeast Louisiana fourth and fifth grade students participated in agriculture education programs during AgAdventures held in Delhi and AgAlley held in West Monroe.

Ten producers received information on fertilizers, which enhanced their knowledge on maintaining pastures and hay meadows.

4-H                

During monthly 4-H club meetings, approximately 400 4-H youths were reached with a variety of educational topics on forestry, row crops and other areas of agriculture in Caldwell Parish and Louisiana.

The 4-H Junior Leadership Club consists of 38 4-H'ers in grades seven through 12 and meets monthly. Youth participate in team building and communication activities and learn from demonstrations presented by their peers. Members also assist agents in executing parish contests and events and have the opportunity to participate in regional and state conferences. Two Caldwell members attended the State 4-H Leadership Conference at Camp Grant Walker.

The 4-H Fashion, Food and Fitness Club for grades four through six has a membership of 25 youths. This club meets monthly and has participated in experiential learning activities including skin care, make-up application, modeling skills, making healthy food and snack choices and physical activity. A team consisting of four project club members and one adult leader participated in the State 4-H Food and Fitness Camp held at Camp Grant Walker.

4-H'ers had the opportunity to compete in a variety of events. Communication and Career Day consisted of 52 entries in personal development, 55 entries in the demonstration contest and 12 entries in the ambassador talks. Dairy billboards were submitted by 33 members; 68 youths submitted beef posters. The Pet Show contest consisted of 43 entries in dog, other small animal and large animal categories. Six first-place winners of the Fall Foods Festival competed in the Area Commodity Cookery contest in Rayville. Thirteen members competed in the Northeast District Livestock Show and seven competed at the LSU State Livestock Show. Corporate sponsors provided cash awards for 4-H'ers placing first through fifth in these events.

Sixteen members of the Caldwell 4-H Advisory Committee attended a 4-H Advisory meeting to receive an update on the Caldwell 4-H program and plan educational programs and activities for the remaining 4-H club year.

Family Nutrition Program    

Eighty-four students in the Caldwell Junior High School girls' physical education classes learned how to use MyPyramid.gov, a website created to help people learn dietary guidelines. They also learned about portion control, hidden fat, sugar and salt in unhealthy foods and how to make a healthy fruit and yogurt parfait.

During recent visits to the Caldwell Council on Aging, 30-45 clients received nutrition lessons on "Making Thrifty Choices," whole grains, the benefits of eating blueberries and played Jingo, a nutrition education game. The winners received a coupon for a free loaf of Nature's Own Whole Wheat bread. These coupons help clients make healthier choices when choosing bread. They also enjoyed a food demonstration and corn muffin tasting.

Two hundred seventy students from the Caldwell Parish Pre-Kindergarten Center, Head Start and Union Central Elementary learned about the milk group, oils and the meat and bean group from MyPyramid and the Happy Healthy Me curriculum.
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