2011 Franklin Parish Profile

Irvin Hendrix, Boutwell, Mary Virginia, Bradley, Laura N., Pinnell-Alison, Carol L.  |  10/28/2011 10:22:03 PM

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Your Parish Extension Office
6562 Main Street
Winnsboro, LA 71295
318-435-7551 Fax: 318-435-8216
Franklin@agcenter.lsu.edu
www.LSUAgCenter.com/Franklin

Parish Chair James Hendrix
Administrative Coordinator Kathleen Burnett

Office Hours Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Programs

Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR)
Crop Production - corn, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, soybean, pasture, hay
Aquaculture - catfish, recreational ponds
Animal Production - beef cattle, home poultry flocks, horses
Horticulture - lawns and gardens, sweet potatoes, fruits and nuts
Pest Management
LA Master Farmer Program

Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS)
Family Development
Family Resource
Management
Nutrition and Health

Louisiana Master Farmer Program

Environmental Education


Program Highlights

Family & Consumer Sciences

In the current economic climate, wise money management is critical to everyone. Financial liter-acy lessons were taught to 1,751 youth and adults through classes, workshops, and interactive real world simulations.

Three-hundred kindergarten through fifth grade students at Franklin Academy and Family Com-munity Christian School learned the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices by participating in the Smart Bodies program sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Through a partnership between the LSU AgCenter, Franklin Parish Health Unit and Franklin Parish Library 100 parents of newborns participated in the Little Bookshelf program and received 12 board books and parenting fact sheets on the importance of early literacy and tips on reading to their children.

4-H and Youth Development

Approximately 350 4-H'ers increased their knowledge on safety basics after attending six education-al lessons focused on safety and participating in hands on activities during monthly 4-H Club meetings. The youth also became more aware of how to become compe-tent citizens. The results of 70 pre tests and 70 post tests indicated a 26% increase in knowledge attainment from 5th and 6th grade students on leadership skills.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Forty-six private pesticide applicators either took the test or renewed their applicator card by attending a Frank-lin Parish Extension Service recertification training. Eighty agricultural workers received Worker Pro-tection Standard (WPS) Handler training increasing their knowledge about handling pesticides safely.

Fifteen agricultural producers in North Louisiana have completed the requirements to become 2009-2010 Certified Master Farmers in the LA Master Farmer Pro-gram. Over three thousand producers are enrolled in the program and one hundred fifteen have completed certification with fully implemented management plans. Six field day presentations demonstrated the benefits of Best Management Practices to over one hundred seventy-five produc-ers. Three LA Master Farmer Phase I trainings were conducted.

Two six-day and one three-day environmental camps were conducted, focused on an in-depth study of the bottomland hardwoods ecosystem. Thirty-five youth and thirty-two adults, including staff and twenty-six volunteers participated. Eleven state and federal agencies, two school districts and two private donors collaborated to provide funding, instruction and teaching facilities for the three camps.

Who we reach:
  • 4797- Youth (includes 421 4-H members & 14 school 4-H clubs)
  • 2808- Youth Education Outreach
  • 9983- Adults
    • 5,897- Ag & Natural Resources (individual contacts)
    • 4,086 Family Consumer Sciences


How we reach them:

  • 4-H clubs
  • Class series
  • School Enrichment
  • Demonstrations
  • Field days
  • Workshops
  • Newsletters
  • Web sites
  • Publications
  • Social media
  • Camps
  • Farm/Home visits
  • Multi-parish outreach
  • Distance education
  • Partnerships
  • Collaborations
  • E-mail
  • Project Clubs

Expanding our efforts:
58 Volunteers - 4-H, ANR, FCS


Parish Facts
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Franklin Parish clientele. The 2010 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises - $105,493,759
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $7,766,307
  • Animal enterprises - $13,296,709

Data from the Louisiana AgSummary website: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary

*Population - 22,387

*Land area (square miles) - 623.4
Persons under 18 years old - 25%

*Persons 65 years old and over - 16.6%

**Median household income - $28,282

**Persons below poverty - 29.1%
* 2010 Census **2000 Census


Local Issues & Plans for this year:
1. Increase productivity and profitability of agriculture.
Conduct on-farm variety demonstrations in corn, cotton and soybean.

Write articles for local newspaper and parish web page. Distribute crop production information through newsletters and email, highlighting herbicide use and systems approach to crop production.

Interact individually with producers and homeowners through office visits, farm and home visits to address production and pest management concerns.

Make educational presentations to local civic organizations and garden clubs.

2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
Conduct training for private pesticide applicators and agricultural workers. Conduct LA Master Farmer Program training sessions. Presentations and teaching at Model Farm and Research Station Field days. Conduct (3) Wildwoods Wanderings Environmental Camps. Development of and presentations at on-farm demonstrations. Presentations at commodity production meetings, field trips, civic groups and schools related to soil, water, air, plant, animal and people related to environmental education.

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

Youth in grades 4-12 will have an increased knowledge of safety issues.

Youth will solve problems by using reasoning skills, life experiences, accumulated knowledge, and relevant available information.

After school club youth will become more engaged members in service to the Franklin Animal Rescue. After school project clubs include Shooting Sports, Wild Riders Horse Club, Junior Leaders and Fashion, Food & Fitness Club.

4. Strengthen families and communities

  • Conduct financial education programs for adults and youth.
  • Conduct family development education for parents, grandparents and child care providers.
  • Conduct nutrition education programs for youth and adults
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