East Carroll Parish Profile

Donna Lee  |  2/4/2010 10:46:58 PM

You can access a PDF version of the Parish Profile below.

Program Highlights

Family & Consumer Sciences
With obesity in Louisiana’s children at 9th highest in the nation, the nutrition education offered by FCS and EFNEP has been a primary focus in East Carroll Parish. Through an in service training, 300 participants, including principals and teachers, learned the importance of establishing healthy eating habits, physical activity and food safety practices and how to pass this knowledge on to students. This training is designed to enable school staff to teach students how to take these practices and incorporate in to their school life and home life.

4-H Youth Development
The goal of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation “is to reduce the incidence of agriculture and home related injuries, illnesses and deaths by increasing the awareness of the potential dangers associated with living, visiting or working on farms and ranches.” The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day™ Camp is designed to introduce safety issues to 5th graders. Sessions included: First Aid, Storm and Fire Safety, Gas Safety, Lawn Equipment Safety, Farm & Home Flowable Entrapment. In 2009, 160 fifth grade 4-H’ers, junior leaders and volunteers participated in the Progressive Agriculture™ Safety Day camp.

Agriculture & Natural Resources
When Asian Soybean Rust was found in East Carroll, the main question in the minds of producers was “How much damage can I expect?” A mini workshop was held in the affected field to help consultants, industry and producers learn to identify the disease and actions that need to be taken. Approximately 15 individuals took advantage of this workshop.

Who we reach:
4,144 - Youth (includes 706 4-H members & 13 school 4-H clubs)
10,400 - Adults
5,964 Ag & Natural Resources
4,436 Family Consumer Sciences

How we reach them:
4-H clubs Class series
School Enrichment Demonstrations
Field days Workshops
Newsletters Web sites
Publications Social media

Expanding our efforts:
117 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community, ANR


Parish Facts
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to East Carroll Parish clientele. The 2008 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
—Plant enterprises - $73,181,263
—Fisheries and wildlife - $18,125
—Animal enterprises - $235,853

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

Population - 8,280
Land area (square miles) - 269.99
Persons over 18 years old - 69.3%
Persons 65 years old and over - 12.2%
Median household income - $19,334
Families below poverty - 35.5%
Individuals below poverty - 43.7%


Local Issues & Plans for this year:

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Write news column, web page content, and seminars on agriculture practices
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits
  • Conduct variety and related on-farm demonstrations
  • Conduct pesticide applicator trainings and Worker Protection Standards training


2. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development
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  • Develop and implement service learning projects throughout the parish


3. Strengthen families and communities

  • Conduct parenting education sessions to build family management/resiliency skills
  • Conduct monthly nutrition education programs for families and youth
  • Distribute nutrition fact sheets for Food for Seniors, commodity distribution sites
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