St. Charles Parish Profile 2013

Rene Schmit  |  8/21/2013 11:58:36 PM

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Program Highlights

Agriculture & Natural Resources

St. Charles Parish is blessed with extensive surface water resources including miles of freshwater swamps, streams, bayous, rivers and lakes. The LSU AgCenter plays an important role in helping agricultural producers, home gardeners and hunters/sportsmen adopt proven research practices that lead to responsible management of natural resources. In 2012, the LSU AgCenter conducted a variety of educational programs that involved more than 320 St. Charles Parish clientele learning about the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment. Through this educational effort, parish clientele gained an improved ability to perform the necessary and appropriate practices for minimizing pollutant runoff into parish watersheds.

4-H Youth & Family Development

The St. Charles Parish 4-H Youth and Family Development program enables youth to gain important life skills through participation in age-appropriate experiential learning activities conducted in school, community and other 4-H Club enrichment programs. In 2012, the St. Charles Parish 4-H program focused on teaching youth about character development. Over 400 youth gained knowledge and experience of using leadership, citizenship and basic life skills by participating in interactive educational workshops, demonstrations and presentations throughout the year. The St. Charles Parish 4-H Shooting Sports program was also established in where 39 youth and 20 adult volunteers learned and practiced leadership, discipline, safety and communication skills by participating in structured, hands-on lessons, trainings and competitions.

Volunteerism & Leadership

Volunteers are an important and valued resource to the LSU AgCenter. During 2012, a total of 148 volunteers in St. Charles Parish assisted the LSU AgCenter through involved participation that included 46 volunteers serving on parish beef cattle, horticulture, leadership and 4-H youth development committees; 52 Master Gardener volunteers who provided horticulture educational training, recommendations and information to the public; and 50 volunteers who provided guidance as school 4-H Club and specialty project leaders. Collectively, these volunteers contributed a total of 1,815 service hours in 2012 that enhanced the ability of the LSU AgCenter to deliver quality and effective educational outreach programs that reached over 14,000 citizens in St. Charles Parish.

Who we reach:

8,110 – Youth (includes potential public, private and parochial school enrollments) 375 4-H Club members & 19 parish 4-H Club programs.
5,925 – Adults
3,460 Ag & Natural Resources
2,465 Family Consumer Sciences

How we reach them:

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

Expanding our efforts:

148 Volunteers – 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community, Master Cattlemen

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. Charles Parish clientele. The 2012 total dollar amounts from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises – $8,207,531.
  • Aquaculture and wildlife – $3,688,997.
  • Animal enterprises – $2,759,410.

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary website: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary

Population – 52,681
Land area (square miles) – 279.08
Persons under 18 years old – 26.0%
Persons 65 years old and over – 10.7%
Median household income – $60,207
Persons below poverty - 12.9%

Local issues & plans for this year:

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture.

  • Conduct Master Gardener and Master Cattlemen training programs
  • Conduct greenhouse and vegetable variety trial demonstrations
  • Conduct producer meetings and farm and home visits
  • Provide advice and educational training to horticulture clientele

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

  • Educate and involve youth in Louisiana wetlands solutions/restoration
  • Conduct pesticide applicator and worker protection standards certification
  • Promote Best Management Practices (BMP) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs
  • Conduct waste-reduction and recycling educational programs
  • Conduct training that promotes conservation stewardship

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

  • Expand and conduct service-learning projects
  • Recruit and conduct adult volunteer training
  • Increase and conduct Jr. Leadership community service projects
  • Develop and conduct community and school gardening educational programs

4. Strengthen families and communities

  • Conduct school gardening and nutrition programs
  • Conduct healthy food choices training curriculum to youth and adult clientele
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