First Quarter Report 2012

Jimmy Mccann, Johnston, Casey, Tarver, Tammy  |  4/27/2012 8:24:15 PM

Kelly Elementary students learned about healthy snacks during an FNP nutrition lesson.

Agriculture

A corn variety plot planted in March will aid producers in their decision making for the 2012 crop year. Variety results such as yield, insect and disease resistance are all factors that affect their planting decisions.

A North Louisiana Horse Camp and horse show were held in Bastrop and Delhi in order to increase horse participation in the northeast area of the state. Twenty-eight youth participated in these two events.

Eight youth exhibited their poultry, beef, rabbit and goat projects during the Ag Expo, Northeast District and LSU State livestock shows. Showmanship, nutrition and conformation of the animal are the main factors at these shows. The livestock project gives youth the opportunity to learn responsibility by caring for an animal.

Ag Alley in West Monroe and Ag Adventures in Delhi were attended by 1,417 youth and 155 adults. The alleys provided knowledge to youth about domestic animals on the farm including beef, horses, swine, poultry, sheep and goats. These two programs give youth "hands on" agricultural experiences and teach them about agriculture's importance to Louisiana.

Eighteen adults received pesticide cards after training in safety, calibration and insect identification. Participants gained knowledge about the LSU AgCenter and what it offers clientele to better educate them on all phases of agriculture.

4-H

Four-H agent Casey Beavers taught 884 northeast area fourth grade students and 96 teachers about the importance of domestic livestock during mini-farm activities held at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe.

Agents Casey Beavers, Jim McCann and Cynthia Pilcher held Communication and Career Day where 49 4-H'ers competed in demonstration, personal development and ambassador talk contests. Participants and parents were also educated on the use of broadband technology in daily life.

Forty-two entries were submitted for the 4-H Dairy Billboard Contest which promotes dairy education throughout Louisiana each year.

Four-H agent Casey Beavers taught 533 youth and 55 adults the importance of domestic livestock during mini-farm activities at Ag Adventures in Delhi.
 
During monthly 4-H club meetings, approximately 400 youth were reached with a variety of educational topics on food safety, fire safety and cyber safety.

Sixty-two 4-H'ers entered the annual Beef Poster contest this spring. Students who enter this contest learn about beef by creating a poster that tells the story of beef or beef products.

The 4-H Junior Leader club consists of 28 youth in grades 7-12 and meets monthly. Members assist agents in executing parish contests and events and have the opportunity to participate in regional and state meetings. Six Caldwell members, two volunteer camp counselors and agents Casey Beavers and Jim McCann attended TEAM Camp at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock. The youth participated in activities that involved team building, problem solving, decision making, communication skills and conflict resolution at this weekend camp.

Five members represented Caldwell 4-H during the Area 4-H Cookery Contest held in Rayville. Members competed in the Rice Main Dish, Rice Any Other, Pecan, Sweet Potato, Egg, Chicken, Ground Beef and Any Other Beef categories. Two of these youth placed first in their divisions. The cookery contest allows 4-H'ers to display their cooking skills as well as learn about health and fitness topics.

The 4-H Fashion, Food and Fitness Club is an after-school project club for fourth, fifth and sixth grade 4-H members that meets monthly and participates in unique activities at every meeting. During the March club meeting members participated in a fitness lesson that introduced them to ways that they can incorporate physical activity into their daily lives. Members learned basic exercise techniques and were encouraged to "Get Up and Move!"

Family Nutrition Program

Eighty-one Caldwell Parish High School home economics students learned about food safety in the kitchen. During the presentation, students were shown how germs pass from people to objects and how bacteria from raw meat can be transferred to other objects.

One hundred twenty-four Kelly Elementary students learned that not all snacks are healthy for you. Students were shown a variety of unhealthy snacks that were high in sugar, fat and salt and healthy snacks such as bananas, apples and kiwi. Students participated in an activity in which they listed both healthy and unhealthy snacks and learned about new foods they may not have tried before.

Adult clients of Express Medical Staffing Services and the Council on Aging learned about food portion sizes, calcium and filling half their plates with fruits and vegetables.    
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