Livingston Parish Profile 2015

Kenneth Sharpe  |  3/28/2012 8:45:37 PM

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Program Highlights

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.

Who we reach:

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)
 

How we reach them:  

4-H clubs, Class series, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Web sites, Publications, and News Columns.

Expanding our efforts:  

319 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community, Master Cattle Producers & Community , Master Horseman

Parish Facts  

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:

  • Plant enterprises - $30,901,487.00.
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $18,481,242.00.
  • Animal enterprises - $23,397,627.00.

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%

Local Issues & Plans for this year

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.  

  • Conduct Annual Forestry Producer meeting
  • Conduct Master Cattle Program
  • Conduct Annual Beef Tour
  • Conduct Beef Producer Field Day
  • Write weekly news columns, web page content, demonstrations on agriculture practices
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits
  • Utilize Master Gardeners to expand the educational arm for agricultural, horticultural and community projects
  • Put in ryegrass variety pasture demonstrations
  • Conducted Herbicide Demonstrations for pasture weed control

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

  • Increase knowledge of the Environment through monthly club meetings.
  • Work to enhance the Jr. Leader program by recruiting new members.
  • Enhance the existing volunteer development program to include additional resources and incentives.

3. Strengthen families and communities  

  • Clients will recognize the importance of incorporating healthy foods and physical activity into their daily lives to reduce risk of chronic disease.
  • Clients will increase consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lowfat dairy through education on selection and preparation of these healthy foods.
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