Cameron Parish Profile 2013

Kevin Savoie  |  8/28/2013 2:14:25 AM

Please click on the image above to view the PDF version of the 2013 Cameron Parish Profile.

Photo By: Jones, Sydney

Program Highlights

4-H Youth Development

With the help of 65 volunteer leaders, the Cameron Parish 4-H Youth Development Program fosters life-skill development in parish youth.

This year, 302 Cameron Parish youth enrolled in 9 traditional 4-H clubs supported by 5 project clubs to build personal skills in communication, teamwork, leadership and management. Project clubs include the Cal-Cam Horse, ATV Safety, Shooting Sports, SET and Cameron Parish Jr. Leadership.

The Cameron Parish Youth Development Program provides a diversity of opportunities for youth and adult volunteers to make a difference in their lives and that of their communities. Young people acquire valuable knowledge and life skills through participation in local, parish, state and national programs.

We are flexible in offering many opportunities for youth and family participation, including 4-H afterschool workshops, variety of overnight camps, livestock shows, shooting sports trainings and competitions, and service-learning projects.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Parish county agent and Sea Grant Agent conduct programs :

Assist local commercial fishermen and seafood businesses to improve and sustain seafood production in the region worth $18,908,575.(ex-vessel value)

Since the hurricanes of 2005 and 2008, have assisted hundreds of local fishermen in receiving disaster assistance through state and federal programs.

Train local agriculture producers, homeowners and public works employees in pesticide certification.

Sponsor workshops dealing with the latest research-based information on beef cattle and forage production.

Assist parish schools in implementing turf management programs for athletic fields.

Who we reach:

302 Youth (4-H members, 9 school 4-H clubs and 5 project clubs.)
1,250 Adults
1,180 Ag & Natural Resources
70 4-H Volunteers

How we reach them:

4-H Clubs Class series, School enrichment Demonstrations, Field days Workshops, Newsletters Websites, Publications Social media.

Expanding our efforts:

70 Volunteers: 4-H, Master Gardeners, Master Cattlemen, Family & Community, Shooting Sports, SET.

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on fisheries, wildlife, renewable natural resources and animal enterprises to Cameron Parish clientele. The 2012 total dollar amounts from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises – $16,270,890
  • Fish and Wildlife Resources – $22,874,246
  • Animal enterprises – $30,576,249

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary www.lsuagcenter.com/agsummary

Population – 6,839
Land area (square miles) – 1313
Persons under 18 years old – 24.2%
Persons 65 years old and over – 12.9%
Median household income – $44,235
Persons below poverty - 17.7%

Local Issues & Plans for this year

1. The Cameron Parish staff moved into a new office in March 2013, seven-and-a-half years after Hurricane Rita wiped out the office in September, 2005. The new office, located in Cameron, is elevated to withstand storm surge flooding and built to sustain storm-force winds when the next hurricane strikes the area. The new building stands as a model for coastal resiliency. The Cameron Police Jury has also set up a satellite office in Grand Lake, where the majority of the parish’s population resides in order to more conveniently serve its citizens.

  • Numerous workshops and meetings have assisted hundreds of local ag producers and fishermen in receiving disaster assistance through state and federal programs.
  • Write news columns, web page content and seminars on renewable natural resources.
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits.

2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.

  • Conduct trainings and make recommendations on the proper and safe use of pesticides.
  • Collected and organized plantings of Louisiana irises in coastal areas where it has been wiped out by storm surges.
  • Beef cattle and forage.

3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.

  • 4-H members will develop, implement and participate in service-learning projects all through the parish.
  • 4-H members, adult leaders and agents will work together to develop mentoring programs through the parish 4-H program.
  • Agents will develop and present environmental programs focused on providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary for making wise decisions about stewardship of the Earth and understanding the costs and trade-offs of these environmental choices.
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