R. Keith Collins | 3/16/2012 7:13:27 PM
Agriculture and Natural Resources
More than 100 producers attended the Northeast Farm Forum at the Rayville Civic Center where they received the latest research based information on corn, cotton and soybeans. Seventy-five producers attended the North-east Louisiana Rice Forum at the Rayville Civic Center where they received the latest research based rice production information as well as efforts to market U.S. rice worldwide. Two pesticide recertification meetings were held where 130 producers and home gardeners learned pesticide safety, handling, disposal and renewed their private applicator’s card. More than 250 youth participated in the Northeast District Livestock Show in Delhi and were recognized for exhibition, showmanship and knowledge of livestock projects. More than 600 homeowners/gardeners were provided technical assistance with home gardening, lawns, trees, ornamentals and recreational ponds in areas of pest management, fertility, irrigation and weed control. Eighty producers and ag professionals attended the Northeast Louisiana Rice and Soybean field day, receiving the latest research-based information on rice varieties and fertilization as well as soybean varieties and production practices.
4-H, Youth and Family Development
Providing an opportunity for every child to participate in 4-H is a priority in Richland Parish. Competitive events such as the Giant Pumpkin, Photography, Nutrition Joke of the Month, cookery, poster, shooting sports, and 4-H U are promoted to give all youth regardless of socio-economic standing a chance to compete with the hope of winning or placing.
Overnight camping is also an important opportunity that fosters independence, community living and belonging. The 4-H Summer Camp for 4th -6th graders is held each year at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock. Each year Richland Parish has approximately 45 youth who attend. Challenge Camp (7th -8th graders), Junior Leadership Camp (8th -11th graders), Co-Op Camp (8th-11th graders), Fashion Camp (4th – 6th graders), Food & Fitness Camp (4th- 6th graders) and LOST Camp (7th – 8th graders) are also promoted and attended by youth. Youth who receive free or reduced lunches are qualified to receive a scholarship to help defray expenses to attend these camps. The Science, Engineering and Technology mission mandate is emphasized heavily in Richland Parish. The agent teaches enrichment classes at schools in the parish targeting 5th and 7th graders. Lessons focus on life science, environmental science and renewable energy.
Nutrition programs such as Smart Choices and others provide research-based information to help Richland Parish individuals and families increase their nutrition knowledge, gain skills in healthy food preparation, improve eating habits and increase physical activity. Forty families and 600 youth participate in monthly pres-entations in home and school settings. The Germ Cave hand washing exhibit has been experienced by over 700 youth. Two hundred parents receive a monthly nutrition newsletter that reinforces the lesson presented to Head Start students. Approximately 50 youth attended the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program day camp in Rayville. Nutrition fact sheets and Smart Choices newsletters are distributed to 500 elderly resi-dents and others who participate in the Food for Seniors and commodities distribution programs. Monthly news articles on nutrition and food safety are published in local newspapers. The Richland Extension Children and Families Facebook page and a Twitter account, is used to reach families who use social media to communicate.
1,690 Youth (includes 530 4-H members and 17 4-H clubs)
3,164 Ag & Natural Resources
1,775 Family & Consumer Sciences
4-H Clubs, Class series, School Enrichment, Workshops, Field days, Demonstrations, Newsletters, Web site, Publications, Farm/home visits, Phone contact, Classes, Group meetings, Newsletters, E-mail News column, Twitter, Text Messaging, and Facebook.
207 Volunteers: ANR, 4-H, EFNEP/FCS volunteers, Body Walk, shooting sports, livestock, field days, crop demonstrations, Advisory Councils, Facebook and Twitter.
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, animal, and fisheries and wildlife enter-prises to Richland Parish clientele. The 2011 total dollar amount from these com-modities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary www.lsuagcenter.com/agsummary
Population - 20,725
Land area (square miles) - 559.04
Persons under 18 years old - 25.5%
Persons 65 years old and over - 14.4%
Median household income - $37,682
Persons below poverty - 20.3%
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
2. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
3. Childhood obesity