Caldwell Parish Second Quarter Report 2012

Jimmy Mccann, Beavers, Casey, Tarver, Tammy  |  8/21/2012 7:35:42 PM

Agriculture  

County Agent Jim McCann monitored a corn variety plot to ensure producers received current research based information on corn. Results from these plots help producers make decisions for the upcoming growing season.

Seven homeowners learned about recreational pond maintenance including information on lime, fertilization, weeds and algae control.

Eight forage and hay producers were assisted with soil samples, lime and fertilizer recommendations.

County Agent Jim McCann assisted two producers with corn fertilization and irrigation of their crops.

Four Caldwell 4-H'ers attended the Northeast District Horse Show to compete in riding and non-riding events. Participants in the 4-H horse program learn about leadership, citizenship and sportsmanship.

4-H            

During monthly 4-H club meetings approximately 400 youth were reached with a variety of educational topics relating to safety. Agents Casey Beavers and Jim McCann recognized and awarded numerous 4-H'ers and 4-H leaders during the annual 4-H Awards NIght attended by approximately 104 members, parents and local officials.

Eleven Caldwell parish 4-H'ers along with two volunteer leaders and agents Casey Beavers and Jim McCann traveled to Baton Rouge to participate in 4-H Day at the Capitol where they toured the state capitol and met senators and representatives.

Seven Caldwell 4-H'ers competed in the State Ambassador Contest held on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. Erin Scott placed first in Sugar, Division 2. Mallory Dannehl placed third in Turkey, Division 2 and Tracer Houston placed third in Seafood, Division 2.

Eleven Caldwell Junior Leaders participated in Farm Safety Day in April. They chaperoned and directed groups of 25 to 30 Caldwell fourth grade students and their teachers to six different stations.

Eight youth in grades 8 through 12 and two adult leaders along with agents Casey Beavers and Jim McCann attended 4-H University on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. Mallory Dannehl and Erin Scott were awarded first place in the Consumer Decision Making Contest. Keva Powell won fifth place in the 4-H Has Talent competition. Bobbie Rae Butler and Krista Weems were elected to serve on the 4-H State Executive Board as Northeast Regional Representatives.

Members participating in the 4-H Pet Show were challenged to participate in a pet food and supply drive for the Caldwell Parish Animal Shelter. Youth from Columbia and Union Central elementary schools participated donating ten boxes of pet supplies and approximately $100 that will offset food expenses at the local shelter.

SNAP-ED        

Body Walk, a gymnasium-sized educational exhibit developed by the LSU AgCenter, was toured by 503 students and 67 teachers and parents from Union Central and Grayson elementary schools. Participants strolled through the human body, pausing at learning stations representing the brain, mouth, small intestines, heart, lungs, muscles, bones and skin and took part in interactive activities focused on how food affects each organ and how to eat healthy.

During monthly Caldwell Council on Aging and Express Medical Staffing Services nutrition classes, clients planted vegetable and fruit seeds into small cups of soil which, after sprouting, could be planted in larger containers. This lesson was to encourage eating fresh vegetables and fruit from container gardens.

During cheer camp held at Caldwell Parish High School, 79 female students participated in nutrition education classes, learning about MyPlate, healthy snacks and eating plenty of dairy products. At the end of each lesson, students prepared and tasted a healthy food including honey milk balls, breakfast fruit pizza and a pudding beach scene. 

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