Franklin Parish Profile 2015

Carol Pinnell-Alison, Hendrix, James, Raines, Saundra, Lafferty, Kelly  |  9/11/2013 10:17:49 PM

Please click on the image above to view the PDF version of the 2013 Franklin Parish Profile.

Program Highlights

Family and Consumer Sciences, Nutrition & Health

Community Nutrition Programs are primarily designed to target limited-resource youth, adults and seniors who are eligible to receive SNAP benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Through nutrition education, community members are able to increase their nutrition knowledge, become equipped with skills in healthy food preparation, learn how to prepare healthy meals on a limited budget, and improve their family's overall eating habits. Let's Eat for the Health of It is presented to a variety of audiences though programs at the Council on Aging, Senior Food/Commodities, Office of Public Health, Franklin Parish Library, along with parish churches and schools. The Body Walk is offered annually to children in kindergarten through 5th grades. This interactive exhibit encourages children to adopt healthier eating habits and increase their physical activity. Happy Healthy Me program is presented to preschoolers and kindergarten students across the parish to teach them about USDA's MyPlate. Healthy Beginnings programs are offered to first-time mothers to train them in quality care-giving practices, child development and effective communication. Lessons in these areas are designed to help class participants gain knowledge they can use to improve their lives.

4-H Youth Development

Over the last two years, Franklin Parish has seen an increase in their 4-H enrollment. Last year, 326 youth enrolled in the club program. Youth have the opportunity to participate in events such as International Night, livestock and horse shows, pet shows, workshops (pet care, portfolio, public speaking), and club contests throughout the year. Youth can attend a wide range of camping experiences as well. Some of the camps offered are Summer Camp, Fashion Camp, Food & Fitness camp, Challenge Camp, LOST Camp, Co-op Youth Conference, and Junior Leadership Conference. Each camp is designed to serve a particular interest and age group. Several afterschool clubs have been established to provide a learning experience through fun and interactive activities: The Junior Leaders Club is focused on allowing youth 7th-12th grades the opportunity to enhance their leadership and community service skills. Fashion, Food, and Fitness Club allows girls and boys the opportunity to engage in activities around fitness, healthy eating and fashion. Our volunteer base has grown this year as well. We have 29 adult and youth volunteers. Some of our adults serve on our foundation and advisory board while a few have served as overnight chaperones for Summer Camp and 4-H University. Our youth volunteers serve as camp counselors and on our advisory board.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

The Franklin Parish agricultural economy in 2014 ranked ninth in Louisiana for gross farm value. Core block variety demonstrations in corn, cotton and soybean are conducted on producer farms to provide unbiased information on variety performance to help producers make variety selections for planting. Private pesticide applicator and Worker Protection Standard (WPS) trainings are offered to producers and agricultural workers which cover how to work with pesticides safely and protect the environment. New pesticide applicators or applicators that have let their card expire are offered the opportunity to take the written exam for obtaining an applicator license. Programs are given to parish fifth graders during the annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day. Northeast Louisiana fifth graders learn about agricultural commodities produced in our area during Ag Alley and Ag Adventures. Programs are given to the Lions Club, Rotary Club and garden clubs. Through individual contact with agricultural producers and homeowners, agriculture, aquaculture, animal and horticulture questions are answered, problems are identified and management options are provided.

Who we reach:

2,850 - Youth (includes 326 4-H
members in 14 school 4-H clubs)
3,905 - Youth Education Outreach
ANR-Ag Alley 1,975
FCS-Nutrition Education 1,930
5,507 - Adults
3,928- Ag & Natural Resources
1,579 - FCS & 4-H Youth Development

How we reach them:

Clubs, field days, school enrichment demonstrations, camps farm/home visits, class series workshops, multi-parish outreach distance education, collaborations website/email, publications social media

Expanding our efforts:

65 volunteers - 4-H, ANR, FCS, Advisory Leadership Council, Shooting Sports, 4-H Club leaders, agriculture producer cooperators

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Franklin Parish clientele. The 2014 total dollar amounts from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises - $154,800,570
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $1,085,000
  • Animal enterprises - $22,944,179

    Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Website: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary

***Population – 20,561
*Land area (square miles) – 624.6 ***Persons under 18 years old – 26%
***Persons 65 years old and over – 17%
*Median household income – $34,105
*Persons below poverty – 28%

* 2010 Census **2000 Census ***2012 estimate ****2007-2011

Local Issues & Plans for this year

Increase productivity and profitability of agriculture

  • Conduct on-farm variety demonstrations.
  • Provide information on resistant-weed management.  
  • Provide information on crop fertility, row widths and marketing

Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment

  • Conduct training for private pesticide applicators and agricultural workers.
  • Provide environmental information on managing pesticide drift and managing crop residue.
  • Provide information on water resources and irrigation management.

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development

  • Increase healthy lifestyles for youth (fourth through eighth grades). 4-H Club programs using the "Get up and Move" curriculum.
  • Provide life skills for workforce development/career preparation (ninth through 12th grades). Lessons given on interviewing, resume writing and dressing for success.
  • Continue Jr. Leader, Shooting Sports, Fashion, Food & Fitness after-school clubs, camps and workshops
  • Offer leadership, citizenship and life skills development opportunities.

4. Promote Nutrition and Health

  • Make healthy food choices by limiting processed foods.
  • Eating healthy on a fixed income.
  • Managing the family food budget.

 

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