Lincoln Parish Profile 2016-17

Lee Fields, Stockton, Gary A.  |  4/18/2017 8:08:49 PM

Program Highlights

Family, Nutrition and Health

If they grow it, they will eat it! That is true of 8 Lincoln Parish school garden classes. Through the leadership of the Area Nutrition Agent and help from Master Gardeners, over 200 students had the garden to table experience of planting, watering, weeding and harvesting 7 different vegetables. Dishes and vegetables were prepared, tasted and evaluated. Students ate kale, broccoli, snow peas, cabbage, Swiss chard, turnip greens, carrots, collards and potatoes. The school garden projects encourage eating healthy and reinforced what students are learning in Math and Science.

4-H, Youth & Family Development

Research shows that Lincoln Parish 4-H meets needs identified by youth as essential to their positive development. Through offering 4-H Club programming to 17 parish school clubs, a parish wide 4-H Junior Leadership Club and 4 project clubs in the areas of outdoor skills and livestock, Lincoln Parish 4-H provides a sense of belonging to youth. Research suggests that belonging may be the most important positive need in the lives of youth. 4-H provides youth the opportunity to have their physical and emotional needs met while belonging to a group. The Lincoln Parish 4-H program currently enrolls 755 youth and includes a diverse membership of various races, cultural backgrounds and population demographics. The LSU AgCenter provides them with educational presentations, service projects and educational resources.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

The Lincoln Parish ANR program offers quarterly meetings for cattle producers. These meetings give producers the most up-to-date information for making economical decisions for the cattle operations. Lincoln Parish also has an active Master Gardener program that has approximately 95 graduates who give back the knowledge learned in these classes to the community through volunteering in horticulture-related activities. Throughout the year, demonstrations, displays and meetings relate to water conservation in an effort to keep the public aware of declining groundwater levels of the Sparta Aquifer.

Who we reach:

1,525 – Youth (includes 775 4-H members and 17 school 4-H Clubs)

2,650 – Adults (1,150 Ag and Natural Resources; 1,500 Family, Nutrition and Health)

How we reach them:

4-H Clubs, Class Series, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Field Days, Workshops, Newsletters, Websites, Publications and Social Media

Expanding our efforts:

675 Volunteers – 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family and Community, Master Horsemen

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Lincoln Parish clientele. The 2015 total dollar amount from these commodities was:

  • Plant enterprises – $27,031,162
  • Aquaculture and wildlife – $1,514,714
  • Animal enterprises – $178,048,979

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

Population – 42,561
Land area (square miles) – 471.38
Persons under 18 years old – 21.3%
Persons 65 years old and over – 12.01%
Median household income – $31,767
Persons below poverty – 23.9%

Local Issues and Plans for this year

1. Engage youth using purposeful action steps to create a sense of belonging

  • Develop and implement service-learning projects
  • Conduct various contests and activities
  • Put youth in leadership positions
  • Work with schools to encourage membership

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

  • Conduct quarterly cattle producer meetings
  • Write news column and Web page content and conduct seminars on agriculture practices
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits
  • Conduct Master Gardener classes

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

  • Develop and implement service-learning projects throughout the parish
  • Involve community leaders in developing and implementing service projects
  • Evaluate benefits of youth involved in service learning projects

4. Strengthen families and communities

  • Provide child care provider workshops
  • Conduct parenting classes
  • Provide workshop in child development for youth
  • Conduct money management workshop
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