Red River Parish Profile 2013

Jennifer Moseley  |  7/23/2013 7:01:53 PM

Please click on the image above to view the PDF version of the 2013 Red River Parish Profile.

Photo By: Jones, Kaitlyn

Program Highlights

4-H Youth Development

Currently Red River Parish has 150 4-H Club Members enrolled in ten of the 4-H Clubs in the parish. The educational focus for 2012-2013 club year is Life Skills for Success. For the third year a school garden has been constructed and maintained by one of the school clubs. In addition to the school garden a $10,000 donation was giv-en to the Red River Parish Junior Leaders for the start of a Community Garden in the parish. The Junior Leaders club has ap-proximately twelve members, the Junior Livestock club has approximately ten members. Approximately 16-20 4-H youth participated in monthly educational pro-grams offered by the Red River Parish 4-H Outdoors Skills program. The project is volunteer leader driven.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

In 2012, Red River Parish had an estimat-ed 3,700 acres of wheat, 416 acres of rice, 5,800 acres of corn, 6,300 acres of soy-beans, 676 acres of cotton, and 20 acres of pecans. Homeowners, Ranchers, and Farm-ers were certified or recertified and trained in the proper handling, application and dis-posal of pesticides. Many calls from stake-holders requesting assistance with their problems, i.e. animals, crops, lawns, and home gardens were answered.

Who we reach:

160 - Youth (includes 160 4-H members & 10 4-H/Community Clubs in 3 Public Schools and 1 private School)
1,000- Adults (Approximately)
500 Ag & Natural Resources

How we reach them:

4-H clubs, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Web sites, Newsletters, Social media, Publications.

Expanding our efforts:

150 Volunteers - 4-H, Shooting Sports, Jr. Livestock Club, Master Gardeners, Family & Community

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, fisher-ies, wildlife and animal enterprises to Red River Parish clientele. The 2010 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises - $17,694,842.
  • Fisheries and wildlife - $672,560.
  • Animal enterprises - $18,365,013.

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site.

Population - 9,118
Land area (square miles) - 389.09 Persons under 18 years old - 25.4%
Persons 65 years old and over - 15.2%
Median household income - $34,723
Persons below poverty - 21.5%

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture

  • Conduct beef cattle and crop workshops, along with other related topics
  • Prepare news column, web page content, and seminars on agriculture practices
  • Conduct home and farm/ranch educational visits

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

  • Promote agriculture through a variety of hands on activities through the school garden and Community garden.
  • Increase youth and volunteer involvement in community activities
  • Junior Leaders will participate in Regional Camps, State 4-H Camp as 4-H group leaders developing their leadership skills.
  • An increase in enrollment of 4-H members that focus on participation in Junior Leaders, 4-HU, State 4-H Camp, Regional Camps is the main goal for the next year.

3. Increase Volunteer Leader involvement

  • Through more leaders being trained in Shooting Sports activities and Junior Livestock activities.
  • Quiz Bowl Team -Premier Exhibitor
  • 4-H University
  • Summer Camp
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