Keith Fontenot | 8/23/2013 1:32:18 AM
Family, Nutrition & Health
Etiquette and manners have been the focus of this year’s club programs. The educational programs presented each month to club members in our school clubs concentrated on cell phone etiquette, cyber safety, making a commitment and following through, cheating vs. honesty and dressing appropriately for the occasion. We also continue to provide the Smart Bodies program to schools in the parish. This program teaches healthy food choices and explains how the organs of our body use food. The Clover Buds program for third graders was introduced on the Bayou Chicot Elementary campus. The educational program had an environmental focus.
4-H Youth Development
“4-H Makes it Happen” is the 2014-2015 club year theme. 4-H’ers have accepted the responsibility to make a difference in their communities. Each of the 21 traditional school clubs and several project clubs, along with 26 local club leaders and 90 youth volunteers, are participating in a statewide service project, “To Battle Bullying.” Two-hundred sixty three adult volunteers support our 4-H program and volunteer to assist with a wide variety of local, parish, regional and state programs, as well as service learning, community service and school enrichment programs.
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.
4,662 - Youth
1,050 - Adults
How we reach them:
4-H clubs, Class series, School enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Websites, Publications, Social media.
338 – Volunteers
LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Evangeline Parish clientele. The 2013 total amounts from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Website: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population – 33,580
Land area (square miles) – 662.38
Persons under 18 years old – 26.7%
Persons 65 years old and over – 13.7%
Median household income – $32,125
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 production and pest management.
- Commodity production meetings for rice, soybeans, forages and livestock.
- Farm, home educational and school visits, as well as 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.
- Athletic field management and maintenance demonstrations.
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. Topics for 2014 - 2015 include Bullying and Recycling.
- Promotion of Youth Development through participation in 4-H Summer Camp, LOST Camp, Regional Challenge Camp, Jr. Leadership Conference, Marsh Maneuvers and other Project camps. Also, promote school enrichment programs such as Smart Bodies and Youth Wetlands Week.
- Conduct MyPlate and Life Skills lessons during monthly club meetings for 4-H Youth.
- Youth will have opportunity to participate in a variety of 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.