Irvin Hendrix, Boutwell, Mary Virginia, Bradley, Laura N., Pinnell-Alison, Carol L. | 3/3/2012 12:51:27 AM
Family, Nutrition and Health
In the current economic climate, wise money management is critical to everyone. Financial literacy lessons were taught to 1,751 youth and adults through classes, workshops, and interactive real world simulations.
Four-hundred kindergarten through fifth grade students at Franklin Academy and Family Community Chris-tian School learned the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices by participating in the Smart Bodies pro-gram sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Connect My Louisiana broadband awareness and education was provided for 58 youth and 152 adults.
Through a partnership between the LSU AgCenter, Franklin Parish Health Unit and Franklin Parish Library one hundred thirty-seven 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 Youth Development
Approximately 350 4-H'ers increased their knowledge on safety basics after attending six educational lessons fo-cused on safety and participating in hands on activities dur-ing monthly 4-H Club meetings. The youth also became more aware of how to become competent 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
A parish Crops Tour was held to update local producers and agricultural business representatives on agro-nomic and pest management practices. The parish on-farm cotton, corn and soybean variety demonstrations served as the tour stops. Ninety-three private pesticide applicators either took the exam or renewed their applica-tor card by attending a Franklin Parish Extension Service recertification. Forty-three agricultural workers received Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Handler training increasing their knowledge about handling pesticides safely. Presentations were given on gardening to two local garden clubs, the hospital’s "Pink Ladies", church senior club, and "Noon Nibbles" at the parish library. A presentation was given to two hundred fifty parish fifth graders on poisonous plants during Farm Safety Day. Presentations were given to the local Rotary and Lions club on the importance of agriculture to the economy of Franklin Parish.
Eleven agricultural producers in Louisiana, in-cluding Jack Dailey from Franklin Parish, have com-pleted the requirements to become 2010-2011 Certi-fied Master Farmers in the LA Master Farmer Program. Over three thousand producers are enrolled in the program and one hundred thirty-five have completed certification with fully implemented management plans. Five field day presentations, along with two environ-mental camps, three day camps and classroom demonstrations emphasized the benefits of Best Man-agement Practices to over two hundred fifty producers, over nine hundred youth and thirty-seven teachers. Two LA Master Farmer Phase I trainings were con-ducted.
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 volun-teers 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.
6,203 - Youth (includes 421 4-H members & 14 school 4-H clubs), 3,450 - Youth Education Outreach, 11,254 - Adults, 7168 Ag & Natural Resources, 4,086 Family Consumer Sciences
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.
109 Volunteers - 4-H, ANR, FCS
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aqua-culture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Franklin Parish clientele. The 2010 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population - 20,767
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%
1. Increase productivity and profitability of agriculture.
2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
4. Strengthen families and communities.