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Members of the St. Charles Parish 4-H Shooting Sports Club have the opportunity to participate in various trainings, practices, and competitions.
First, contact your school to see if there is a 4-H club at your school. If so, contact the 4-H Club Leader for more information on joining.
The forest products industry contributes to each parish economy in several ways, including jobs, wages and purchases in the local economies.
Every third full week of June, the state of Louisiana sends hundreds of 4-H’ers to LSU for a pre-college adventure of classes, tests, and fun with friends.
The deadline to apply for Parish 4-H Scholarships for St. Charles Parish is April 20, 2018.
St. Charles Parish 4-H YD News Just 4 You is a monthly newsletter especially designed for the 4-H Youth Development program in St. Charles Parish.
This educational camp is a 4-day, 3-night adventure for 7th-8th graders (as of May 2018).
This educational camp is a 5-day, 4-night adventure for 4th-6th graders (of the current school year).
We are greatly appreciative and proud of our graduating seniors for their hard work and dedication to helping their clubs, community, country, and world.
Enhance your citizenship skills by becoming a St. Charles Parish 4-H Citizenship Ambassador and attending 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington, D.C.
One of the many leadership opportunities that 4-H has to offer is our annual 4-H Challenge Camp! This educational trip is a 3-day adventure for 7th–8th graders.
This report provides information about funding sources, program highlights for the area and local issues that are being faced by the parish.
Saturday, December 3, 2016 R. K. Smith Middle School 281 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling, La.
Profile of St. Charles Parish for 2015
One of the most common insect pests of citrus trees is the citrus leaf-miner. It is a tiny maggot larva that mines its way through the inside of a leaf feeding on the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf at the same time.
Introduction of "bark lice" and how they are beneficial to your trees.
This fungal disease infects the leaves by causing water soaked depressions to develop on the underside of the leaf that in turn promotes blister-like bulges to develop on the upper surface of the leaf.
Stinging caterpillars are out and will remain active on a variety of oaks and other shade trees well until the end of May. There are four types to be concerned with: the Saddleback, the IO moth, the Buck moth, and the Puss moth caterpillars.
This newsletter features topics on the purchase, care and training of horses, and includes news and upcoming events.
Four classes are being offered by the LSU AgCenter through the St. Charles Parish Community Education Program. The classes are Successful Gardening with Raised Beds and Containers, Pruning Landscapes After Winter, Controlling Insects in the Home Landscape and Plant Propagation.
Residents of St. Charles and St. John Parishes, who have an interest to become a Louisiana Master Gardener (LMG) volunteer, are invited to participate in the 2015 LMG certification program scheduled to begin April 7 and end with graduation on June 23, 2015.
Mid to late summer is the time of year we typically encounter a greater level of damage to southern lawns from grass eating insects that include chinch bugs, armyworms and sod webworms. All three of these pests are currently on the move and homeowners should remain vigilant by inspecting their lawns on a regular basis, at least until the end of September.
Because tropical hibiscus, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, produces large, colorful flowers from mid-spring throughout the fall, certainly our growing conditions in Louisiana are ideal for growing hibiscus plants.
How to effectively control fire ant in the home landscape.
The Louisiana Master Gardener Appreciation Day is scheduled for May 9, 2014, at the Hammond Research Station in Hammond, Louisiana.
The new Louisiana Home Fruit and Nut Production handbook is filled with 84 full-color pages of useful information, including detailed information about fruits and nuts commonly grown in Louisiana, as well as those to avoid planting.
Information for 4-H Leaders for November meetings.
Information for 4-H Leaders for September meetings.
An overview of the program highlights, local issues, and upcoming plans of the LSU AgCenter's Cooperative Extension Service in St. Charles Parish.
Tropical sod webworms are one of the most destructive pests of St. Augustine grass. The good news is that control is possible, and the same insecticides that kill armyworms work well on tropical sod webworms.
Three insect pests that can be quite troublesome for trees during the late summer months include bagworms, fall web worms and pine sawfly caterpillars. Here are ways to control them.
Okra has always been a popular vegetable for southern gardeners and is the perfect choice for Louisiana’s hot summer climate.
Crape Myrtle varieties and their descriptions for Louisiana landscapes.
The cloudy wet weather in Louisiana provides the ideal climate for various plant organisms such as algae, lichens and morses to grow profusely on trunks, limbs and twigs of many trees and shrubs in the home landscape.
This article highlights instruction on how to begin timely gardening practices for spring.
Minutes from the River Region Louisiana Master Gardeners' meetings.
A common weed found to infest most home lawns during early spring is dollar weed. This article gives advice on how to control dollar weed.
A quarterly e-newsletter providing information on how to start, grow or sustain your agritourism venture. Topics covered in this edition include: selling produce at pick-your-own operations, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operations and farmers markets. Also included is information on online marketing and financing.
Citrus tree maintenance is important to influencing quality production and early spring is the perfect time of year to conduct pruning, weeding, and fertilization of citrus trees. This article gives advice on how to properly care for your citrus trees.
Two classes are being offered by the LSU AgCenter through the St. Charles Parish Community Education Program. The classes are Spring Lawn Care and Maintenance and Successful Gardening with Containers and Raised Beds.
River Region Louisiana Master Gardener graduates by year of graduation.
Advice on how to control spiders inside and outside the home.
Advice on how to successfully kill poison ivy.
Advice on how to manage weeds in winter.
Advice on how to control fire ants in the home landscape.
Advice on how to properly care for your oversaturated landscape.
Here are some practical Halloween health and safety tips from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This articles addresses how to get rid of South-Virginia Button Weed.
This article addresses how to remove love bugs from your car.
This article addresses how to control earthworms and millipedes.
This article addresses how to avoid being biten by mosquitos.
This article gives horse show results for St. Charles Parish participants.
Mosquito repellents can be very effective toward reducing the potential for mosquito bites. Information on how mosquito repellents work and the various types available can be reviewed through this infromation as titled "Mosquito Repellents."
Rene' Schmit, County Agent in St. Charles Parish, will conduct gardening workshops through the Community Education Program of the St. Charles Parish School Board.
St. Charles Parish 4-H members attend 4-H Day at the Capitol in Baton Rouge.
Tips and instructions on how to make a worm bin using leftover table scraps.
Flavonoids are plant-based compounds with powerful antioxidant properties; they reduce inflammation, promote healthy arteries, and help fight aging by preventing and repairing cellular damage.
An overview of the program highlights, local issues, and upcoming plans of the LSU AgCenter's Cooperative Extension Service in St. Charles Parish.
Try going for a 10-minute walk around the corner and add a few more minutes each day until you are walking at least 30 minutes a day for at least five days a week.
Photos of the St. Rose 4-H Club's garden progress in St. Charles Parish.
Fertilizer Recommendations for 2012.
This is the 2012 Sugarcane Crop Cycle Length Evaluation Model along with a short user’s guide.
The LSU AgCenter and affiliated groups offer numerous educational opportunities for home gardeners. Listed here are various gardening events planned for 2014.
Do you have any idea how many calories can be consumed during the holidays? Here are some examples of party food items and the calories each has.
This article provides holiday food safety information.
Minutes from the St. Charles Parish Advisory Committee meeting held on May 26, 2011.
The feed-out and carcass information provided to producers through this program is very useful in making management decisions on breeding, genetics, nutrition, and herd health.
List of horticulture programs being taught by LSU AgCenter Agents and Master Gardeners through the St. Charles Parish Schools Community Education Fall Program.
This article gives the nutritional value of figs, fig facts and tips on how to store figs.
News Release Distributed 05/25/11To help Louisiana residents determine if they’re ready for a hurricane, LSU AgCenter housing specialist Claudette Reichel developed a 20-question quiz. “The answers you give can help you evaluate whether you’re well-prepared or whether you need to take some action now,” Reichel says. The quiz covers everything from whether your family has a written emergency plan to supplies you have on hand. As hurricane season kicks off, Reichel and other experts say it’s a perfect time to evaluate where you stand and what you can do to be better-prepared if a storm heads your way. “Even if you’ve been through a hurricane before, it’s easy to forget some of the preparations that can protect your property and family, so it’s a good idea to review your plans and make sure you haven’t left anything off,” Reichel says. “Taking the right precautions before a storm has the potential to save time, money, hassles and even lives if a hurricane strikes.” LSU AgCenter experts say the following hurricane quiz can help you gauge whether you’re prepared. They recommend you take action if you answer “No” or “I don’t know” to any of these 20 questions: –Do you have a disaster survival plan? –Have you planned an evacuation route and destination? –Do you have an emergency communication plan for staying in touch with or getting messages to friends and family? –Is your homeowner's and flood insurance coverage up-to-date and sufficient to replace your home and belongings if they are damaged or destroyed? –Do you have an inventory of your property and belongings? –Do you have copies of your insurance policies, household inventory and other important papers, as well as other valuables, in a safe place – one that’s waterproof and fireproof? –Do you know how to turn off your utilities (electricity, gas and water)? –Do you have a plan and supplies on hand to protect and secure your home and outdoor items (and your boat and pool, too, if you have them)? –Has your roof been inspected within the past six months? –Have you trimmed the trees and shrubs around your house? –Has your car been maintained, and are the tires, including the spare, in good condition? –Do you have a plan of what to do with food in your refrigerator and freezer in the event of a possible power outage? –Is your emergency phone list up-to-date and handy? –Do you have emergency survival supplies such as batteries, a battery-operated radio, flashlights, lanterns, fuel, nonperishable food for three days, water/water jugs, manual can opener, medicines, traveler’s checks or cash, and other necessary items on hand? –Do you have an emergency supply kit for your car? –Do you have a plan of how to take care of family members with special needs (those with disabilities, infants or the elderly)? –Have you decided what you will do with your animals if you must evacuate? –Have you budgeted for the added expenses to protect your home, buy supplies, evacuate, clean up and recover? –Have you discussed your emergency plans, duties and rules with your family? –Do you know the LSU AgCenter offers publications and other free information on disaster cleanup and recovery on its website (www.lsuagcenter.com) and through its parish offices across the state?For more information on preparing for a disaster or recovering from one, contact your parish LSU AgCenter office. You also may find the online publications such as “There’s a Hurricane Forming” in the publications section of the LSU AgCenter's website at www.lsuagcenter.com and more information by going directly to www.lsuagcenter.com/hurricanes. One other resource is the LaHouse Resource Center near the LSU campus in Baton Rouge and its online website www.lsuagcenter.com/LaHouse for information and exhibits of hurricane-resistant building systems, methods and products.
News Release Distributed 05/25/11Just in time for Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial kickoff to the summer grilling season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has updated its recommendation for safely cooking solid cuts of pork. USDA has lowered the recommended safe cooking temperature for whole cuts of pork from 160 degrees to 145 degrees and added a three-minute rest time, said LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames. “USDA recommends cooking all whole cuts of meat to 145 degrees as measured with a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of the meat, then allowing the meat to rest for three minutes before carving or consuming,” Reames said. The safe temperature for cuts of beef, veal and lamb remains unchanged at 145 degrees, but the department has added a three-minute rest time as part of its cooking recommendations, Reames said. “Cooking raw pork to 145 degrees with the addition of a three-minute rest time will result in a product that is both microbiologically safe and at its best quality,” she said. “This change does not apply to ground meats – including beef, veal, lamb and pork – which should be cooked to 160 degrees and do not require a rest time.” The safe cooking temperature for all poultry products, including ground chicken and turkey, remains at 165 degrees, she added. “Consumers now have to remember only three cooking temperatures – 145 degrees for whole meats, 160 degrees for ground meats and 165 degrees for all poultry,” Reames said. A "rest time" is the amount of time the product remains at the final temperature after it has been removed from a grill, oven or other heat source. This time is important because during the three minutes after meat is removed from the heat source, its temperature remains constant or continues to rise, which destroys disease-producing microorganisms. “USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has determined it is just as safe to cook cuts of pork to 145 degrees with a three-minute rest time as it is to cook them to 160 degrees with no rest time,” Reames said. The new cooking suggestions reflect the same standards that the agency uses for cooked meat products produced in federally inspected meat establishments, which rely on the rest time of three minutes to achieve safe pathogen reduction. "Consumers often have viewed the color pink in pork to be a sign of undercooked meat,” Reames said. “If raw pork is cooked to 145 degrees and allowed to rest for three minutes, it may still be pink but is safe to eat. The pink color can be due to the cooking method, added ingredients or other factors.” As always, cured pork (e.g., cured ham and cured pork chops) will remain pink after cooking. Appearance in meat is not a reliable indicator of safety or risk, Reames said. Only by using a food thermometer can consumers determine if meat has reached a sufficient temperature to destroy disease-causing microorganisms. Any cooked, uncured red meat – including pork – could be pink even when it has reached a safe internal temperature.
This newsletter highlights the June 2 field trip, our You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby May luncheon, the Discovering St. Charles Parish tour held in May and current collection activities.
This newsletter highlights the upcoming May 18 field trip, club meetings, the Edible Enterprises tour in April, collections and May luncheon information.
This newsletter highlights VFC's field trip to Edible Enterprises, club meetings, a cherry cola chocolate cake recipe, collections, the 2011 community project and the May luncheon.
This newsletter highlights the first parish field trip, club meetings, foods to help you lose weight, collections, cancer survivors, bridge closures and club news.
Project Learning Tree provides fun lessons about nature for school-age children.
These links will take you to fact sheets that delineate flood-event disaster assistance available through FEMA and USDA. This may be of value as you continue to provide stakeholders with flood-related updates. We will continue to update everyone as more information is available.
Louisiana faces serious flood threats during tropical storms and hurricanes from a combination of surge and inland rain. This site directs you to information you can use to understand how predicted flood levels may impact you, how you can reduce flood damage and how you can recover and rebuild once the floodwaters recede.
This article gives tips on how and when to use granular and liquid herbicides.
The annual meeting of the St. Charles Parish Advisory Leadership Council was held at the St. Charles Parish Extension Office located at 1313 Paul Maillard Road in Luling, Louisiana, on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The minutes of the meeting are here.