Terry Washington | 8/30/2013 12:53:09 AM
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.
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)
4-H Clubs, Class series, School enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Websites, Publications, Social media.
150 Volunteers: 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community, Master Horsemen.
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:
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%
1. Increase productivity and profitability of 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.