Madison Parish Profile 2016-17

Program Highlights

Family, Nutrition and Health

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Pro-gram empowers limited-income families with young children to make informed decisions about food purchasing, food safety and meal management. In Madison Parish, youth and adult clients learned to solve problems related to their families’ nutrition needs by participating in school outreach, cooking camp, home visits, and food distribution sites.

4-H Youth Development

Program initiatives strive to encourage inventive learning by conducting different educational experiences to involve various youth and volunteers. The 4-H program helps promote life skills development by using research-based curriculum and different hands-on learning activities. The youth have learned the importance of incorporating healthy eating habits, as well as the need for being active, through activities such as yoga. They have also learned valuable leadership skills. They have gained this knowledge by actively listening and participating in club meetings, as well as through different programs offered in the parish. Experiences encountered in 4-H can be applied in all other facets of their daily lives.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Madison Parish is located in Northeast Louisiana in the heart of the Mississippi River Delta. Program efforts include working with producers to utilize precision agricultural farming methods, variety trial demonstration for major row crop commodities and irrigation demonstrations evaluating irrigation timing and water use efficiency. Parish staff are working the LSU Economics department to collect irrigation cost data to improve irrigation cost budgets. As one of two GIS agent for Northeast Louisiana, I work with producers throughout the state on precision agriculture initiatives, including variable rate nutrient applications in cotton, corn and sugarcane.

Who we reach:

Adults

2,060 Ag Natural Resources Youth

125 Livestock and Horse Shows

How we reach them:

4-H Clubs
School Enrichment
Field Days
Newsletters
Publications
Class series
Demonstrations
Workshops
Web sites
Social media

Expanding our efforts:

150 Volunteers

143 Youth – 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family, Community, Mater Horsemen

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agent provided research-based information on agriculture enterprise to Madison Parish Clients. The total 2016 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises $100,768,944
  • Animal enterprises $1,554,098
  • Aquaculture enterprises $219,673

TOTAL Farm Gate Value $102,542,715

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

Population – 11,582
Land area (square miles) – 624
Persons under 18 years of age – 25%
Persons 65 years old and over – 12%
Median household income - $26,441

Local Issues

Plans for this year.

1. Increase productivity and probability for Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Conduct parish Ag Day
  • Conduct on-farm variety trails for evaluation of specific varieties in local production environment
  • Conduct verification field with LSU AgCenter specialist to ensure recommendations are effective/economical
  • Develop precision ag demonstration to help producers adopt with new technology

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

  • Work with producers to evaluate irrigation well for performance and water use efficiency by using moisture sensors, surge valve and computerized hole selection.

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

  • Develop and implement service learning projects throughout the parish
  • Club members on promoting youth development activities
  • Build leaders and good citizens through the 4-H Youth program.
  • 4-H members build independence, leadership, pride in where they live, and confidence through different opportunities and programs offered by the 4-H program.

4. Strengthen families and communities.

  • Conduct weekly nutrition education programs for EFNEP youth and adult clientele.
  • Collaborate with clinics, grocery stores, and other agencies to increase awareness of nutrition.

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture

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