Caldwell Parish Third Quarter Report 2011

Jimmy Mccann, Johnston, Casey, Tarver, Tammy  |  10/19/2011 1:30:46 AM

Agriculture

Six hay producers learned the correct way to take soil samples and received LSU AgCenter recommendations on fertilizer and lime requirements for their pastures and hay fields.

County agent Jim McCann conducted a pesticide handler training for parish school support personnel for the 2011-2012 school year. Employees learned about safety and proper mixing of pesticides during the workshop.

Four local land-owners were advised on forestry issues, including when to harvest and replant pine trees and received information on financial programs available to assist with the cost of land preparation and trees.

Agent Jim McCann harvested a corn variety plot containing 16 varieties as part of continuing research conducted by the LSU AgCenter. Producers will use performance results such as yield, disease and pest resistance when making variety decisions for the 2012 crop year.

4-H

Caldwell 4-H'ers Meredith Scroggs and Brooke Wise competed in demonstration, speed and performance events and showmanship activities during the Louisiana State Horse Show held at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe.

Agent Jim McCann assisted two 4-H'ers with their poultry projects, preparaing them for the upcoming 4-H livestock shows to be held across the state.

Caldwell Parish is proud to have Bobbie Butler serving as a Northeast Regional Representative on the State 4-H Executive Board this year. During July, Bobbie and other representatives from across the state traveled to Bogue Chitto State Park to attend the summer executive board meeting. They assisted in planning major 4-H events for the 2011-2012 club year including Junior Leadership Conference and 4-H University.

Forty members of the Junior Leader Club, along with agents Casey Johnston, Cynthia Pilcher and Jim McCann, began the new school year with a trip to Johnny's Pizza followed by a tour of Anytime Fitness in Columbia. A personal fitness instructor gave a guided tour of the gym and explained each machine and its function. The Junior Leaders learned about a healthy fitness plan and healthy eating habits during the tour.

Agents Casey Johnston and Jim McCann traveled to each Caldwell Parish school during September to meet with and enroll students in the Caldwell 4-H program and introduce them to the Junior Leader and Fashion, Food and Fitness clubs. County agent Jim McCann conducted an activity in which students learned about Louisiana agriculture. Johnston reviewed the September 4-H newsletter as well as the Leaf Identification contest and other events on the 4-H calendar. Johnston also trained newly elected 4-H club officers in parliamentary procedure and how to conduct a school club meeting after officer elections were held at the end of September.

The Caldwell 4-H Fashion, Food and Fitness Club is an after-school project club for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade 4-H members. The club meets monthly and participates in unique activities at every meeting. During the September meeting, LSU AgCenter nutrition educator Tammy Tarver presented a food safety lesson and an introduction to the new MyPlate. Members were able to color and build a healthy food plate during the lesson.

County agent Jim McCann held the Caldwell 4-H Beef and Goat Show on Sept. 17 at the Lions Club Rodeo Arena in Columbia. Twenty-three exhibitors from Franklin, Ouachita, Richland, Union, Winn and Caldwell parishes were in attendance. Local 4-H'ers Krista Weems, Destiny Nappier, Lindsey Coates, Abbie McCann, Bailey Coates and Jackson McCann exhibited their goat and beef projects during the show.

Family Nutrition Program

Clients of Express Medical Staffing Services received nutrition education from the Smart Choices curriculum, including lessons on "Portion Sizes," "Healthy Food Groups," "Healthy Snacks," "Thrifty Choices," "Nutrition Fact Labels" and "Food Safety." Ten to 12 clients were in attendance for each class.

Nutrition educator Tammy Tarver presented the LSU AgCenter's germ cave to all Caldwell Parish schools, reaching 1,149 students. The germ cave is a learning tool used to teach food safety and the importance of hand-washing to help prevent the spread of germs. Students learned how germs spread from person to object and person to person using black lights and a special lotion that glowed. The germ cave also visited the Caldwell Parish Library reaching an additional 39 adults and children.

During the Lion's Club Health Awareness Day, 125 adults visited the LSU AgCenter's Family Nutrition Program booth and received information on the new dietary guidelines and MyPlate icon.
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