County agent Jim McCann monitored a soybean variety plot containing 19 varieties and harvested a corn variety plot containing 12 varieties. Information on variety performance, irrigation and fertilizer requirements, weed and disease resistance and variety yield was collected and distributed to producers.
County agent Jim McCann conducted a pesticide handler safety meeting on identification of pests and pesticide safety for school support personnel.
Six local 4-H'ers participated in the Northeast District Horse Show in West Monroe, the Acadiana District Horse Show in New Iberia and the LSU State Horse Show in Lake Charles where they competed in speed, halter, western and ranch events.
Forty-five 4-H'ers learned about horse safety, horse anatomy and riding events during 4-H LOST Camp held at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock.
Seventy-five adults attended the Northeast Beef Cattle Field Day at Goldmine Plantation in Mangham where they learned about forages, cattle condition, scoring and economics. The farmers, ranchers and hay producers who attended will use this information in their beef cattle and hay operations.4-H
Three Caldwell 4-H'ers entered record books in the State Record Book Judging Contest. Jake Rollins received a blue ribbon for his S.E.T. Livestock Record Book.
Two Caldwell Parish 4-H members attended LOST Camp for 7th and 8th grade youth at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock where they participated in activity tracks focusing on the outdoors, science and technology.
4-H agent Jana Bennett visited each school in Caldwell Parish and enrolled students in the Caldwell 4-H program, presented a program promoting 4-H and conducted officer trainings for newly elected 4-H club officers.
4-H members Leslee Bennett, Erin Finley and Jake Rollins were chosen to be on the Northeast Regional Leader Board.
4-H agent Jana Bennett and volunteer leaders Anna Foy, Katie Hillestad and Donna Rollins attended the Regional Leader Forum held in Rayville where they attended professional development sessions focusing on National Science Day, wetlands, 4-H club meetings and National 4-H week.
Agents Jana Bennett and Jim McCann along with 31 Caldwell youth and two volunteers attended Youth Field Day at the Sweet Potato Research Station in Chase. While at the field day, students attended sessions focusing on beef and forage production, sweet potato research and production, agricultural best management practices and agriculture career exploration.
During summer Dance Camp, 20 girls learned about eating healthy, the five food groups, finding hidden fat and sugars in food, how to read a nutrition fact label and how to convert grams of fat to teaspoons from lessons presented by nutrition educator Tammy Tarver. Some of the students were surprised to learn how much sugar was hidden in some of their food choices.
Students in parish schools were introduced to the USDA MyPlate and the five food groups and participated in hands-on activities and food tastings.
Students at the Caldwell Parish Prekindergarten Center, Head Start students at the Kelly Early Childhood Center and Columbia, Grayson and Union Central elementary students began the new school year by learning the importance of hand washing as a way to prevent spreading germs. Students practiced washing their hands and participated in a Glitter Bug glow germ activity to see how well they washed their hands.