County agent Jim McCann assisted five local cattlemen with soil sampling to enhance their hay and grass production.
While attending Ag Alley in Jan., 1,975 students learned about domestic farm animals and other animals that live on farms and the products they produce. Beef and dairy cattle, swine, goats and chickens were included in this program.
Eighty Caldwell Parish High School 4-H members learned about beef and pork retail cuts and where they are located on the animal during a program presented by county agent Jim McCann.
Agent Jim McCann conducted a private applicator recertification meeting in which twenty-two local producers and home gardeners enhanced their knowledge of pesticide safety and learned about equipment used to apply pesticides and how to safely apply chemicals around the farm, garden and home.4-H
4-H agent Jana Bennett taught 448 northeast area first grade students about making healthy food choices during Ag Alley held in Jan.
Three hundred twenty youth attending monthly 4-H club meetings participated in club programs that focused on responsibility, fairness and caring.
The Caldwell 4-H Junior Leader Club consisting of 32 youth in grades 7-12 met monthly and participated in leadership activities. Members assisted agents in conducting parish 4-H contests and events. Four Caldwell Junior Leaders attended Junior Leadership Conference held in March.
Six Caldwell 4-H members represented our 4-H program at the Area Cookery contest held in March with one member placing first, one placing second and another placing third. The three other participants received blue ribbons. The cookery contest allows 4-H'ers to display their cooking skills as well as learn about health and fitness topics.
Caldwell 4-H members have been active in contest participation this quarter. Thirty members participated in the Fashion Revue and Consumer Decision Making contests competing in clothing construction, decorated shirt, ready-to-wear and consumer decision making. Twenty-eight 4-H'ers displayed their skills in presenting demonstrations and ambassador talks and participated in personal development interviews during Communication and Career Day. Sixteen entries were submitted by members for the Beef Poster Contest and 23 entries were submitted for the Dairy Billboard Contest.
Caldwell 4-H members exhibited their livestock projects during the Ag Expo Livestock Show held in Jan. and the Northeast District and LSU State Livestock shows held in Feb. Livestock projects and participation in livestock shows give youth the opportunity to learn responsibility by caring for an animal. All four members who participated in the district show won first place in showmanship.SNAP-Ed
During Feb. and March, the Caldwell Parish Junior High School girls physical education classes participated in a series of nutrition education lessons from the Show Me Nutrition curriculum. Participants learned how to build a healthy plate using MyPlate, food safety, supermarket skills, how to measure wet and dry ingredients and how to adapt recipes and make them healthier. Students also participated in cooking demonstrations during the lessons. Recipes used in this lesson series were Veggie Stir Fry, Vegetable Omelet, Banana Nut Muffins and Galloping Granola. One hundred eighty-five girls attending the weekly nutrition lessons learned how to make healthier decisions and learned skills needed to prepare the recipes used during the lessons.
Adult clients of the Caldwell Council on Aging, Caldwell Housing Authority and Express Medical Staffing learned about protein, dairy and growing fruits and vegetables from the Let's Eat for the Health of It curriculum.
Youth from the Kelly Early Childhood Center, Caldwell Prekindergarten Center and kindergarten and first grade students from Grayson, Union Central and Columbia elementary schools learned about vegetables, protein and dairy from the Happy Healthy Me curriculum. Approximately 600 students were given samples of carrots, soy butter and low fat cheese to encourage them to try new foods and teach them to make healthier choices about what they eat.