East Feliciana Parish Profile 2012

James E. Devillier  |  4/3/2012 7:24:20 PM

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Program Highlights

Family & Consumer Sciences
Obesity is a national health issue prevalent across all socio-economic strata. The Council-on-Aging provides an excellent venue for teaching proper nutrition, food safety and healthy lifestyles to senior citizens and other age groups. Twenty-five older adults regularly partici-pate in these lessons and as a result have increased their knowledge of nutrition, are aware of food borne illnesses and have improved their health through exercise and proper eating habits. A new effort, Family Nutrition Program, is bringing the same information into the schools, teaching low-income elementary school students and their parents about nutrition, diets and healthy eating on a limited income.

4-H Youth Development
Teen and adult volunteers help Extension meet the educational needs of East Feliciana 4-H club members. In this parish, there are two youth that serve on 4-H state boards. These include Food & Fitness Board and the Fashion Board. Fourteen 4-H club members attended 4-H University at LSU where they had the opportunity to compete in con-tests such as livestock judging, outdoor skills, and fashion revue or attend Clover College to learn about college life and preparation. Over 2000 youth have the opportunity to learn about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.

Agriculture & Natural Resources
Feeder calf and timber production dominate agricultural production in East Feliciana Parish. Programs delivered to clientele include Beef/Forage field days, forestry forums, forestry field days, oil/gas seminar and pesticide trainings. Beef producers were introduced to pasture irrigation as a method of prolonging late summer grazing and presented tools to use to select, develop and breed herd replacement females. Private pesticide applicators were trained in worker protection methods and learned tech-niques to minimize spray drift 

Who we reach:

4487 - Youth (includes 348 4-H club members & 10 school 4-H clubs)
16,483- Adults 4,500 Ag & Natural Resources 900 Family Consumer Sciences

How we reach them:  

4-H Clubs, Publications, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Web sites, and Seminars.

Expanding our efforts:

212 Volunteers - 4-H, Family & Community, Master Cattle Producer, Master Gardeners, Beef and Forestry Associations 

Parish Facts  

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide re-search-based information on plant, forestry, wildlife and animal enterprises to East Feliciana Parish clientele. The 2008 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises - $18,217,469
  • Fisheries and Wildlife - $1,206,919
  • Animal enterprises - $14,314,526

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

Population - 20,970
Land area (square miles) - 453.40
Persons under 18 years old - 21.4%
Persons 65 years old and over - 12.7%
Median household income - $39,244
Persons below poverty - 21.2% 

Local Issues & Plans for this year

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.  

  • Conduct beef cattle and forestry field days
  • Conduct a two parish home grounds seminar
  • Conduct a forestry forum
  • Conduct a breeding soundness evaluation clinic
  • Conduct pesticide recertification workshop
  • Publish news article in local newspaper and post fact sheets and other information on parish website
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits

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

  • Teach character development to 4-H club members and other students
  • Conduct Mini-Farm for grades K-2 teaching about agriculture and food production
  • Teach teen leadership skills and life lessons through Junior Leader Conferences and Citizenship Camp
  • Enhance and expand service learning projects
  • Conduct food safety and healthy eating through workshops and programs
  • Teach bullying awareness to youth, parents, and teachers
  • Teach nutrition fitness and awareness of healthy eating habits

3. Strengthen families and communities.

  • Teach FNP families healthy meal preparation on a limited budget
  • Teach health awareness
  • Conduct food safety and healthy living pro-grams for parish families
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