County agent Jim McCann coordinated the planting of a corn variety plot and is monitoring the plot in order to provide producers with variety information for their row crop programs. A soybean variety plot was also planted in May to enhance producers' knowledge of varieties suitable for planting in Caldwell Parish soils.
Agent Jim McCann provided five producers with herbicide and fertilizer recommendations to improve their pastures.
Parish home owners received disease, insect and pesticide information for their lawn, garden, nut and fruit tree and forestry concerns.
Agent Jim McCann assisted six Caldwell 4-H'ers with preparations for district horse shows where they competed in riding and non-riding events.4-H
During April 4-H club meetings, approximately 320 youth participated in character development activities focusing on citizenship.
Caldwell 4-H members were active in contest participation during the second quarter. Thirty-three members participated in the 4-H Fishing Clinic; nine members competed in the state Ambassador Talk Contest held on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge with one member winning first place, two placing second and one placing third; 21 members and their pets participated in the annual Pet Show; six members competed in district and state horse shows with one member winning first place in barrel racing at the state level; seven Shooting Sports members participated in the Northern Regional Shooting Sports competition with two members qualifying for state competition.
Agents Jana Bennett and Jim McCann recognized and awarded numerous 4-H members and leaders during the annual 4-H Awards Night. Approximately 200 4-H'ers, parents and local officials were in attendance.
Twenty-one Junior Leaders assisted during Caldwell Parish Farm Safety Day where they were responsible for guiding 4th grade students and their teachers to educational stations focusing on different safety topics.
Sixteen Caldwell 4-H members along with agents Jana Bennett and Jim McCann and four adult volunteers traveled to Baton Rouge to attend 4-H Day at the Capitol where they met with legislators and toured the state capitol.
Fifty-eight 4-H'ers in grades 4-6 along with two youth volunteers, one adult volunteer and agents Jana Bennett and Jim McCann spent a week at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock, La. for 4-H Summer Camp where members engaged in activities including archery, canoeing, swimming, dramatic arts, cooking, ATV safety, arts and crafts, technology and outdoor skills.
Nine youth in grades 8-12 along with agents Jana Bennett and Jim McCann and one adult volunteer participated in 4-H University and Clover College on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. During this 3-day event, members competed in the Public Speaking, ATV, Fishing Sports and Solutions Unlimited contests. SNAP-Ed
During April and May, students at Caldwell parish elementary schools, the Prekindergarten Center and Head Start students at Kelly Early Childhood Center learned about foods from the dairy and protein groups of the MyPlate program through lessons presented by nutrition educator Tammy Tarver. They learned the importance of eating low-fat dairy and which foods are included in the protein food group.
Nutrition educator Tammy Tarver presented SNAP-Ed nutrition programs focusing on picky eaters and how to incorporate fresh vegetables into meals to WIC clients at the Caldwell Parish Health Unit. Clients also sampled dishes prepared during food demonstrations.
Sixty-five participants ranging in age from prekindergarten to 6th grade who attended Cheer Camp held at Caldwell Parish High School received lessons from the MyPlate curriculum and sampled fruit pizza, a food group sundae and assorted vegetables. Participants received a packet of nutrition information and goodies to take home and share with their families.
SNAP-Ed media materials including banners, posters, recipe cards and brochures promoting healthy lifestyles and encouraging physical activity and consuming more fruits and vegetables have been placed in schools and other public locations across Caldwell Parish. "Be Active and Your Kids Will Be Too" and "Let's Eat for the Health of It" are the media material themes.