Keith Fontenot | 3/28/2012 7:51:24 PM
Family, Nutrition & Health
Nutrition and health continue to be a priority for us. To help combat this epidemic, 25 Evangeline Parish Kindergarten through fifth grade teachers and 377 students in 1 parish school participated in a 12 week Smart Bodies program. The program teaches healthy food choices and how our body’s organs use the food we eat. The program is highlighted with the arrival of the Body Walk exhibit. Twelve community adult volunteers assisted with the Body Walk. In addition, one parish school invited the Body Walk to return to their campus. The school continues to use the Smart Bodies material in their classrooms.
4-H Youth Development
"4-H Revolution of Responsibility" is the theme of this 4-H year. Seven hundred, 4-H’ers are empow-ered to make a difference in their community. Each of the 22 traditional school clubs, 1 home school club, 1 junior leadership club, 1 junior gardener club, 1 shooting sports club, 1 livestock club, and several project clubs, with 24 local club leaders and 262 volunteer leaders are participating in a statewide service project, "Furrr-H: Helping our Furry Friend." The Junior Leadership club is involved in an operation military kids awareness service learning project.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
By attending AgCenter production meetings, field days and clinics, Evangeline crop and livestock producers gain knowledge and understanding of recommended varieties, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. These producers learned the most efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly methods, materials and application procedures called Best Management Practices. By utilizing these practices, productivity and efficiency are increased and negative environmental impacts are decreased.
11,562 - Youth
8,908 - Adults 6,773 Ag & Natural Resources 2,135 4-H & Family Consumer Sciences
4-H clubs Class series School Enrichment Demonstrations Field days Workshops Newsletters Web sites Publications Social media
344 - Volunteers
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aqua-culture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Evangeline Parish clientele. The 2010 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population - 33,984
Land area (square miles) - 664.27
Persons under 18 years old - 27%
Persons 65 years old and over - 13.2%
Median household income - $34,057
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
2. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
3. Strengthen families and communities