2011 Lafourche Parish Profile

Michael Hebert  |  6/8/2011 12:05:42 AM

Click on the image above for the PDF version of the 2011 Lafourche Parish Profile.

Program Highlights

Family and Consumer Sciences
Smart Portions Healthy Weight program
Smart Portions classes aim to help individuals to achieve a healthy weight and to improve their health indicators. Completed pre- and post-questionnaires with 19 indi-viduals who participated in the TGMC program indicated a weight loss of 144.5 pounds, an average of almost eight pounds each over the eight weeks. Three partici-pants lost 13 pounds each. Retention rate in the program was 86 percent. According to results from pre- and post-questionnaires, analyzed in Extension's ODE unit, 88.2 percent of participants now consume more fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products and whole grains. 94.1 percent now follow MyPyramid recommendations when deciding how much they are going to eat and 88.9 percent use portion control methods taught in the classes. On the post-surveys, 80 percent are now choosing grilled, broiled or baked items when eating out, with only 6.7 percent still choosing fried items. Con-sidering snacks, nearly 100 percent are eating fewer chips and ice cream, replacing those items with fruits and vegetables and nuts. Additionally, the agent set up a Smart Portions group on Facebook to post re-search-based information for members and to maintain contact for continued support and evaluation.

4-H Youth Development
4-H Camp is a valuable learning experience. It gives youth an opportunity to build many different skills including responsibility, communication, leadership and outdoor skills. One hundred six Lafourche Parish 4-H members, five Junior Leaders and five adult leaders attended Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center in Pollock July 5-9, 2010. ?Get In Touch with 4-H at Camp Grant Walker? was the theme of last year’s summer camp. Each club member selected an educational track to experience each morning. Track topics were: Outdoor Adventures-including hunter safety certification, Dramatic Arts, Explore Louisiana: Wetlands, Wild-life and Water!, Get Ready; Get SET…Science, Engineering and Technology and RECHARGE - Food & Fitness! Each afternoon the groups rotated to participate in the following activities: volleyball, cycling, arts and crafts, arch-ery, team-building, canoeing, line dancing and technology. Evening activities included a presentation by two police officers from Plano, Texas. They encouraged the young 4-H'ers to stay safe, avoid the negative and destructive consequences of drug abuse and violence and choose positive activities. The three messages they left them with were to do the right thing, choose friends carefully and be drug free.

Agriculture and Natural Resources
Feral Hogs
Approximately 550 acres of sugarcane in Lafourche Parish will be
adversely affected this year because of feral hogs. These hogs root up newly planted sugarcane and eat ready-to-harvest cane. They cause dam-age to cane fields ranging from 20 percent to 80 percent. This damage to Lafourche Parish sugarcane fields costs farmers more than $350,000. In addition to damaging sugarcane fields, feral hogs carry diseases that are contagious to humans and livestock. The LSU AgCenter in Lafourche as well as representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Service documented damage to cane fields for future reference in ways of controlling this invasive animal. Three years ago, 15 sugarcane farmers participated in a meeting held in the parish to discuss ways to con-trol feral hogs. The LSU AgCenter is currently conducting workshops throughout the state to educate ag producers on the problems associated with feral hogs.

Who we reach:

24,902 - Youth (includes 1,200 4-H members, 31 school 4-H clubs and three non-traditional clubs)
22,463 - Adults 4,106 Ag and Natural Resources 18,357 Family and Consumer Sciences

How we reach them:

4-H clubs, Class series, School enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Websites, Publications, and Social media.


Expanding our efforts:

450 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family And Community, Master Cattle producers, farmers

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Lafourche Parish clientele. The 2010 total dollar amount from these commodities was: —Plant enterprises - $47,842,107
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $10,662,873
  • Animal enterprises - $9,879,402
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Website.

Population - 93,682
Land area (square miles) - 1,084.68 Persons under 18 years old - 24.5%
Persons 65 years old and over - 12.3%
Median household income - $49,182
Persons below poverty - 15.9%

3rd Quarter Programs

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
  • In July the 60th Annual Sugarcane Field Day was held at the Ag Building in Raceland. More than 150 pro-ducers and industry personnel were on hand to receive information and view result demonstrations on fertil-izer rates, sugarcane varieties, fallow land weed control and variable rate herbicide and fertilizer technology.
  • Sugarcane burner recertification was conducted to recertify sugarcane farmers to educate them on how to safely burn sugarcane residue off the fields after harvest. Daily weather forecasts are provided to farmers to help aid them in their decision to burn cane residue. Seventy-four participated.
  • Insect workshop was conducted to educate 4-H club members on the positive and negative effects insects have on our lives. They were educated on biological and chemical control of insects and instructed on how to start an insect collection.
  • Five result demonstrations were established in September: livestock and pastures – herbicides used to control broadleaf weeds; herbicides used to control grasses; ditch bank tree control; sugarcane – recom-mended varieties for planting; and date of planting sugarcane.
  • Weekly, live, call-in radio programs were conducted by parish agents. Listeners call in to obtain on-the-spot information on agriculture, horticulture, fisheries, family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth.
2. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
  • 4-H horse show was conducted to raise money for the 4-H horse program. Forty-seven participated.
  • Twenty-seven middle school 4-H club members traveled to New Orleans and went to the Audubon Zoo as a reward for outstanding work during the year.
  • Seventeen 4-H Junior Leader club members and three volunteers traveled to Atlanta for an awards trip for their community service efforts during the year.
  • Met with school principals to schedule club meetings for the upcoming 4-H year. They were provided infor-mation on Youth Wetlands Week and gardening.
  • Met with 32 schools to enroll potential 4-H’ers in the 4-H program.
  • Area leader training was provided. Leaders received information on 4-H, gardening, fundraising and com-munity service.
  • Seven Lafourche Parish 4-H club members attended the Louisiana Outdoors Science and Technology camp at Grant Walker Education Center in Pollock. They were instructed on robotics, forensics, rocketry and outdoor skills.
3. Strengthen families and communities
  • Obtained ServSafe certification for Food Safety, sponsored by the Louisiana Restaurant Association.
  • Conducted four Diabetes NEWS classes at St. James Hospital.
  • Conducted four two-hour Children in the Middle classes for separated and divorced parents.
  • Published three nutrition articles in Point of Vue magazine.
  • Continuing to serve as program leader for Strong Women strength-training program in Thibodaux, which meets each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Met with principals of five schools to begin implementation of Smart Bodies program for 2011. South Thibo-daux, St. Joseph, Raceland Upper, Holy Savior and Lockport Lower Elementary schools will begin receiving the program in January 2011.
  • Conducted six nutrition programs for Even Start mothers at the Take Off Pounds sites.
  • Made presentation for Lady of the Sea Hospital ?Lunch and Learn? program at their Learning Center for the public.
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