Concordia Bi-Annual Report

Joe P. Bairnsfather, Powell, Ashley, Daniels, Glen E.  |  7/21/2011 7:32:05 PM

Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • Crop Production meeting was held in Monterey on February 22, 2011, for updates and the latest LSU AgCenter recommendations on soybeans, feed grains, corn, and cotton with 92 in attendance. This meeting also provided an opportunity for Private Pesticide Applicator recertification to meet EPA guidelines.
  • Worker Protection Standards (WPS) were held in Vidalia and Monterey to certify farm workers in pesticide safety.
  • Monitored rainfall on irrigation demo plots and entered in the Arkansas Irrigation Scheduler computer program.
  • Established the following demonstration plots in Concordia which are monitored and checked weekly. Crop data from these plots will be made available after harvest is complete. Soybeans: 1 fungicide demo, 1 verification plot, and 1 sentinel plot Cotton: 1 variety demo Corn: 1 core block.
  • Monitored soybean sentinel plots for evidence of soybean rust.
  • Renovated Vidalia High School athletic field. Planted Celebration Bermuda grass and made recommendations on fertilization, irrigation, and weed management and continue to monitor progress of the field.

4-H Youth Development

  • More than 300 youth participated in the Elementary 4-H Achievement Day and the Junior High/Senior High 4-H Day. The theme for the 2011 event was Health and Fitness. Youth had the opportunity to experience activities that provided them with exercise and teamwork. Health and fitness sessions were conducted by adult volunteers and parish 4-H junior leaders. Both 4-H days concluded with an awards ceremony to recognize 4-H youth, leaders and clubs for their accomplishments throughout the year.
  • Eighteen 4-H youth, adult volunteers and 4-H agent represented Concordia 4-H at the 2011 4-H University held in Baton Rouge, La. on the Louisiana State University campus. Nine of these youth were recognized on the state level for placing in the blue ribbon group in their specific contest competition. Also, one Concordia Parish 4-H member will serve on the State 4-H Food and Fitness Board and another member will serve on the State 4-H Executive Board.
  • Concordia Parish had the state winner in the 2011 State 4-H Honey Bee Essay Contest. The theme for this year’s essay was U.S. Honey: A Taste for Every Preference. The award for this 4-H member is $250 and a plaque which the winner will receive at the 2011 Louisiana Beekeepers Convention.
  • One of our parish 4-H livestock exhibitors had the Champion Market Steer for the second year in a row at the LSU AgCenter State Junior Livestock Show.
  • One of our parish 4-H school club leaders was selected as a State 4-H Alumni Winner. This award is based on their 4-H accomplishments as a youth member and their contributions and accomplishments with their 4-H clubs as a 4-H volunteer. Winners are recognized at a banquet held at 4- H University on the LSU Campus.

  • Parish 4-H youth contributed 5310 pounds of food to the Miss-Lou through their participation in the State 4-H CAN Fight Hunger Campaign. Food was given to individual families, local churches, and local Food Banks. 4-H youth from one of the clubs donated time to help serve food at the Stew Pot during the holidays.

  • Fifty 4-H youth, junior leaders, adult volunteers and 4-H agent participated in the 2011 4-H Camp held at the Grant Walker Educational Center in Pollock, La. Youth selected one of the following tracks: Dramatic Arts; Science, Engineering and Technology; Victory Gardens; Outdoor Adventures; Wetlands, Wildlife and You; and Fit for the Future. They also participated in organized recreational activities and several of the parish 4-H youth completed the requirements to receive their hunter’s safety certification.

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