2014 Iberia Parish Profile

Blair Hebert  |  2/5/2015 1:41:32 AM

Iberia Parish Profile


About the LSU AgCenter
The LSU AgCenter  is dedicated to providing innovative research, information and education to improve  people's lives.  Working in a unique statewide network of parish extension offices, research stations and academic departments, the LSU AgCenter helps Louisiana citizens make the best use of natural resources, protect the environment, enhance agricultural enterprises and develop human and community resources.

Agriculture and Natural Resources
Agriculture is an $100 million dollar industry in Iberia Parish. Residents are concerned with our coastline and maintaining our aquaculture and agricultural industries. Delcambre Direct, allows local fisherman the opportunity to sell their products directly to the public via the internet. This program has continued to be a success and other commodities have followed suit. Row crops, primarily sugarcane and soybeans as well as beef cattle production are the main components of the Parish’s agriculture industry. Field days, recertification meetings and master farmer classes are conducted to insure that producers follow recommended best management practices.

Family & Consumer Sciences
Nutrition, obesity and healthy living are important to Americans and a concern to residents in Iberia Parish. Nutrition education programs are conducted and the goals of these programs are to increase participants knowledge of nutrition and physical activity, understand the importance better health habits and increase fruit and vegetable intake. Kid’s Chef Camp emphasizes healthy food choices, food and kitchen safety, healthy cooking and exercise. The “Smart Bodies” program integrates classroom activities with hands on learning to address childhood obesity and prevention in our youth. In the past eight years, more than 7,500 Iberia Parish youth in grades PreK through 6th have received this program. Additionally, educational opportunities are available to our adult population. Iberia also has a cooperative agreement with the 16th Judicial District Attorney's Family Services Division office to provide education  and training of both youth and parents as well as parenting classes for individuals on a referral or as need basis.

4-H Youth Development
The 4-H Youth Development program focuses on enriching the lives of young people. Through the 4 essential elements of belonging, independence, generosity and mastery, Iberia 4-H members display leadership, communication and service learning skills. To enhance these skills, during the 2013-2014 school year, 32 Iberia Parish 4-H clubs consisting of nearly 700 youth collected more than 450 pounds of “pop tops” with all funds raised being donated to support various “Ronald McDonald Homes.” Leadership skills are emphasized by allowing all parish 4-H clubs as well as the junior leader club and advisory committees to have officer positions. Through 4-H clubs, monthly educational programs provide youth members the opportunity to become more trustworthy, responsible, respectful, & caring.

Who we reach:
5,852 - Youth (includes 764 4-H members & 32 school 4-H clubs)

12,505 -Adults
                5,614 Ag & Natural Resources 
                5,923 Family Consumer Services 
                968 Youth Enrichment

How we reach them:
4-H clubs                                 Class series
School Enrichment                 Demonstrations
Field days                                Workshops
Newsletters                              Web sites
Publications                             Social media

Expanding our efforts:
291 Volunteers -
- 4-H, Master Gardeners & Horsemen, Louisiana Volunteers for Family & Community


Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Iberia Parish clientele. The 2013 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
—Plant enterprises - $78,944,954
—Aquaculture and wildlife - $6,801,814
—Animal enterprises - $13,951,706

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

Population - 73,878
Land area (square miles) - 574.11
Persons under 18 years old - 26.6%
Persons 65 years old and over - 13.1%
Median household income - $44,611
Persons below poverty - 20.9%

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

1) Agriculture and Natural Resources
-Continue commodity production meetings and variety trails
-Continue Sugarcane, Soybean and Cattle Field Days
-Continue marketing strategies for local fisheries industry
-Continue pesticide and smoke management recertification
-Continue agricultural economic educational programs
-Continue Master Gardener, Master Farmer and Master Cattlemen programs
-Continue “Ag Adventures” educational program

2) Family and Consumer Sciences
-Continue Parenting for Success and Mentoring Moms educational programs
-Continue Smart Bodies educational program
-Conduct educational trainings on nutrition, budgeting, and social media/internet safety


3) 4-H Youth Development
-Conduct educational programs to youth through club meetings
-Continue leadership and volunteerism opportunities and trainings
-Continue community service learning projects
-Continue character development and youth safety programs for positive youth development
-Continue contest days, workshops, livestock shows, and camps

4) General
-Continue collaborations with local governing bodies and agencies such as:
Iberia Parish Government, Iberia Parish School Board, District Attorney’s Office,
Iberia Sheriff’s Office, Office of Family Support and Council on Aging.



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