East Baton Rouge Parish Profile 2014

1/13/2010 3:43:47 AM

Baton Rouge

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About the LSU AgCenter

The LSU AgCenter is dedicated to providing innovative research, information and education, to improve people's lives. Working in a unique statewide network of parish extension offices, research stations and academic departments, the LSU AgCenter helps Louisiana citizens make the best use of natural resources, protect the environment, enhance agricultural enterprises and develop human and community resources.

Program Highlights

Family, Nutrition & Health

According to the Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health, the prevalence of obesity among children aged 10 to 17 years is 39.8 % in Louisiana. Therefore, it is important to educate young people on the importance of making healthful food choices and being physically active daily. Moreover, by providing youth the skills to incorporate healthful lifestyle choices; they can share the knowledge and behavioral practices with their families. During the 2013 – 2014 school year, The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in East Baton Rouge Parish conducted the Smart Choices Youth program with 7,275 youth in 24 schools , 2 after-school programs and 12 summer camp programs. Youth participants learned to make healthy food choices, read the food label, and understand the importance of diet and physical activity through a series of nutrition education classes. As a result during the 2013—2014 school year, 84% of the students improved their abilities to choose foods according to the Federal Dietary Recommendations and gained knowledge.

4-H Youth & Family Development

Louisiana is losing valuable wetlands. Therefore, environmental education is extremely critical to youth in Louisiana. In an effort to encourage good environmental stewardship the 4-H Youth Wetlands Program (YWP) provides youth an opportunity to experence small-scale restoration plantings and participate in various wetland service projects. The 4-H YWP curriculum has been endorsed by the Louisiana Science Teachers Association. During the 2013 – 2014 school year, 4-H YWP test results indicated student knowledge on general science concepts increased across all grade levels. Youth also participated in Challenge Camp, which is a statewide specialty camp designed to address personal development, goal setting, and team building skills. As a result, 97% of the youth reported learning new team skills,75% learned how to overcome personal challenges and 95% indicated they were more open to working with peers who were different from them.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Horticultural related concerns continue to play a major role in the agricultural industry in East Baton Rouge Parish. The parish is estimated to have 189,849 single family homeowners who are responsible for their yard and landscape. Of this total, demographics estimate that 87,870 maintain a landscape and 44,908 grow an edible food garden (vegetables & fruits). In 2013, approximately 100,000 consumers were reached dealing with horticultural issues whether it is plant selection and planting, pest control for plants, fruiting trees and shrubs, vegetable gardens, disease identification, and landscape issues. A weekly news column is published promoting horticultural issues with circulation of over 236,000. Additionally, 266 Master Gardener volunteers are trained and assist with outreach on consumer horticultural practices. Last year, participants in the Master Gardner program provided over 12,262 volunteer hours making over 90,343 contacts with East Baton Rouge Parish residents. The economic impact of the volunteer efforts of the Master Gardeners totals approximately $287,095.

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter and Southern University Ag Center’s county agents provide research-based information on plant, fisheries, wildlife and animal enterprises to East Baton Rouge Parish clientele. The 2013 total dollar amount from these commodities was:

- Plant enterprises - $29,460,225
- Aquaculture and wildlife - $104,553
- Animal enterprises - $111,732,451

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Website: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary

- Population - 445,227
- Land area (square miles) - 455.37
- Persons under 18 years old - 22.9%
- Persons 65 years old and over - 12.0%
- Median household income - $48,274
- Persons below poverty - 18.5%

Who we reach:

46,342 - Youth (includes 714 4-H members, 46 school 4-H clubs, school enrichment - Smart Bodies, Smart Choices, Character Development, Youth Wetlands Week)

21,557 - Adults
- 9,363 Ag & Natural Resources
- 12,194 Family, Nutrition & Health

How we reach them:

- 4-H clubs
- Class series
- School enrichment
- Demonstrations
- Field days
- Workshops
- Newsletters
- Mass/Social media
- Publications
- Websites

Expanding our efforts:

598 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Consumer Sciences, Master Horsemen

Local Issues & Plans For This Year

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture.

- Conduct series of Master Gardener, Master Horseman and Master Cattleman classes
- Actively cooperate with parish’s green industry and commercial producers
- Conduct farm and home educational visits

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

- Conduct private pesticide recertification classes and worker protection standards classes
- Enhance the public’s understanding of and appreciation for the benefits of forest and related resources
- Youth participate in educational programs and activities that promote environmental stewardship

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

- Enhance and expand service learning projects throughout the parish
- Enhance existing volunteer development program
- Promote safe behavioral practices, enhance leadership skills, advance science, engineering and technology (S.E.T.) within schools and community

4. Strengthen families and communities.

- EFNEP and FF-NEWS clients will receive training on feeding their families nutritionally on a budget
- Expand nutrition and health education to youth in an effort to prevent childhood obesity and promote wellness
- Conduct nutrition education classes to promote healthful lifestyle choices to reduce incidence of disease
- Conduct parenting classes to teach proper parenting skills to parents with children under 1 year

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