Kenneth Sharpe | 3/28/2012 8:45:37 PM
Family & Consumer Sciences
The leading causes of death in Louisiana can be prevented through lifestyle changes such as adopting healthier eating habits and increasing levels of physical activity. Livingston Parish helps families learn to prepare healthy meals, through hands on food preparation, tastings and education. Nutrition education efforts throughout the parish are provided to seniors, adults and children on the importance of incorporating healthy habits into their daily lives.
4-H Youth Development
In Livingston Parish, 1385 youth are enrolled in 45 school 4-H clubs. These youth acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. They participate in competitions, project workshops, livestock clinics, overnight camping, shooting sports trainings, and service learning projects in their communities.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agriculture programming is based on keeping the farms productive and profitable. Conducted Louisiana Master Cattlemen Producer classes to help beef producers learn recommended animal husbandry practices and graduated 28. Planted 10 cool season forage varieties for producers to evaluate and compare at the 2014 Fall Beef Field Day. 54 beef producers went on the Spring Beef Tour which was themed around stocker cattle production and markets.
Held a hay testing workshop to teach producers how to use hay sampling to balance hay with winter feed supplementations to meet the nutritional needs of their different classes of livestock.
Held a cool season forage workshop to help livestock producers make the best decisions about what species to plant, how to fertilize it and then how to properly utilize the forage that they grow.
Conducted pasture weed control demonstrations.
Conducted Master Gardener training to have volunteers to help with horticulture educational programs such as farmers market, educational gardens, and community beautification projects.
Forest landowners learned about emerging markets of pellet production from a Drax Biomass which is shipping out of the Port of Baton Rouge. They also learned about new invasive insect species that may threaten their timber.
8,477 - Youth (includes 1385 4-H Members in 45 school clubs and 7092 school enrichment)
122,078 - Adults (100,725 Ag & Natural Resources and 21,353 Family Consumer Sciences)
4-H clubs, Class series, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Web sites, Publications, and News Columns.
319 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community, Master Cattle Producers & Community , Master Horseman
LSU AgCenter County Agent provide research- based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Livingston Parish clientele. The 2015 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population - 135,751
Land area (square miles) - 648.02
Persons under 18 years old - 26.6%
Persons 65 years old and over - 11.3%
Median household income - $56,811
Persons below poverty - 13.3%
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
2. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
3. Strengthen families and communities