Rapides Parish Profile 2015

Terry Washington  |  8/30/2013 12:53:09 AM

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Program Highlights

Family and Consumer Sciences

Master Nutrition Volunteer Program volunteers assist and conduct basic nutrition and food safety programs.

Smart Portions adult classes are a six-week series focusing on weight loss for better health.

Lunch and Learn Series educates general public about various health topics.

Enlightening young women about the importance of being a good nurturer.

4-H Youth Development

1,335 youth are enrolled in 51 traditional 4-H Clubs and two community clubs.

Participation in 4-H projects teaches character, decision making, and communication and life skills.

4-H Youth Development programs include age-appropriate competitions, project-specific workshops that teach mastery, livestock clinics/shows, overnight camp experiences, shooting sports training and service-learning activities.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

County agents conduct pesticide recertification training, allowing agriculture producers to become certified as private pesticide applicators.

Master Cattle Producer classes were taught covering beef and forage production.

Agents conducted Worker Production Standard sessions for farm and nursery employees.

Cotton, soybean and corn field days were held for producers to view demonstration and research fields.

Master Gardener classes were taught that covered all aspects of plant culture.

Three hundred fifty-one Rapides Parish producers receive forestry education and information from AgCenter agents and specialists.

Who we reach:

42,875 Youth (includes 1335 4-H Members and 51 school 4-H clubs)
Adults (20,899 Ag and Natural Resources 5,127 Family Consumer Sciences)

How we reach them:

4-H Clubs, Class series, School enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Websites, Publications, Social media.

Expanding our efforts:

150 Volunteers: 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community, Master Horsemen.

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Rapides Parish clientele. The 2014 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises – $150,240, 681
  • Aquaculture and wildlife – $3,955,500
  • Animal enterprises – $19,189,266

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary www.lsuagcenter.com/agsummary

Population – 132,373
Land area (square miles) – 1,362
Persons under 18 years old – 27.20%
Persons 65 years old and over – 13.10%
Median household income – $36,671
Persons below poverty – 20,50%

Local Issues and Plans for this year

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Field Days – cotton, corn and soybeans.
  • Conduct series of Master Gardener and Master Horseman classes.
  • Conduct livestock and crop production meetings.
  • Community outreach gardens.
  • Farm and home educational visits.
  • Central Louisiana Garden Expo

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

  • Conduct private pesticide recertification classes; conduct worker protection standard classes to train agricultural workers.
  • Master Farmer classes.

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

  • Develop and implement service-learning projects parish wide.
  • Enhance the existing volunteer-development program.
  • Develop self-esteem programs focusing on bullying, character education and peer pressure.

4. Strengthen families and communities.

  • Smart Bodies Comprehensive Healthy Lifestyle programming.
  • Mission Garden Grant Program – Working with Hispanic families in Rapides Parish to educate about gardening for better nutrition and health.
  • Commodity Food Demonstrations – Monthly appearances on KALB News Channel 5.
  • ‘Cause We Care Fair – Family Resource Event to educate parents of young children about childhood obesity and the importance of hand-washing.
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