Evangeline Parish Profile 2012

Keith Fontenot  |  3/28/2012 7:51:24 PM

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Program Highlights

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. 

Who we reach: 

11,562 - Youth
8,908 - Adults 6,773 Ag & Natural Resources 2,135 4-H & 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:

344 - Volunteers

Parish Facts

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:

  • Plant enterprises - $68,552,909.
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - 21,454,473.
  • Animal enterprises - $18,581,328.

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 

Local Issues & Plans for this year

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture. Promote the wise  use of natural resources and protection of the environment.  

  • Field days, field clinics and field visits for livestock, crop and pest management.
  • Commodity production meetings for rice, soybeans, forages and livestock.
  • Farm/home educational visits and on-site demonstrations.
  • Conduct variety tests and pest management research plots for rice, soybeans and forages.
  • Cooperate with Farm Bureau, Cattleman’s Association, Rice Growers Association, FSA, NRCS, LDAF, and Department of Wildlife & Fisheries.
  • Attend professional improvement meetings, tours and conferences in several agricultural commodity areas.

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

  • Jr. Leadership club and several local school clubs plan and implement service learning projects across the parish. 2011-2012 topics include helping our furry friends and military kids awareness.
  • Develop character building program focusing on bullying, communication skills, decision making, career preparation, littering, character development and self-esteem to be presented to youth in parish schools.
  • Conduct LEAP focused lessons during monthly club meetings for 4-H youth.
  • Youth will have opportunity to participate in parish programs including gardening, shooting sports, clothing/textiles, food/nutrition, outdoor skills, livestock and personal development.
  • Participation in Louisiana 4-H Youth Wetlands Week Program to educate youth on the importance of preserving our coastline.

3. Strengthen families and communities  

  • Provide FCS information to clientele through radio media, news articles, publications, and programs.
  • Conduct monthly Volunteer For Family and Community programs.
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