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:
2,060 Ag Natural Resources Youth
125 Livestock and Horse Shows
How we reach them:
Expanding our efforts:
143 Youth – 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family, Community, Mater Horsemen
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:
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
Plans for this year.
1. Increase productivity and probability for Louisiana Agriculture.
2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
4. Strengthen families and communities.