St. James Profile 2012

Kenneth Guidry, Arceneaux, Mollie L.  |  4/4/2012 12:12:36 AM

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Program Highlights

Family, Nutrition and Health
Families First: Nutrition Education and Wellness System (FF:NEWS) is a nutrition education intervention program designed to help primarily food stamp recipients make wise food choices that are healthy and safe. The program also helps families select and prepare meals consistent with their cultural traditions while improving their overall health. Lisa Weber, Nutrition Educator, delivers research-based, family focused programs consistent with the pro-gram’s mission. Participants in FF:NEWS programs are exposed to food taste testing, par-enting and child care education and nutritional education. As a result of Family & Consumer Sciences programs the underserved residents of St. James parish have reported an improve-ment in their quality of life.

4-H, Youth and Family
Development St. James Parish 4-H provides community youth with opportunities to develop life skills through experiential learning activities, programs, and school enrichment learning. During the 2010-2011 school year approxi-mately 5000 youth gained knowledge in financial liter-acy, agriculture, workforce preparation, service learning, healthy living, citizenship, and science, engineering and technology programming. 4-H has given youth endless opportunities to work with caring adult volunteers to fos-ter personal growth and become well rounded citizens through the Essential Elements of 4-H: Belonging, Independence, Generosity, and Mastery. Youth have gained knowledge in agri-culture, healthy living, and financial literacy through participation in Ag Day, Smart Bodies, Youth Wetlands Week and Welcome to the Real World events.

Agriculture & Natural Resources
Sugarcane, the most valuable row crop commodity for St. James Parish, is annually produced on over 29,000 acres in St. James. The 2010-2011 economic value of sugar-cane produced in St. James Parish to Louisiana’s econ-omy was over $55 million, of which, $31 million was gross revenue for local producers and landlords . Education efforts are delivered through grower meetings, field days, and farm visits. Tomato production is a passion of many residents of the parish. The 2nd Annual Tomato Field Day was a huge success. Over 200 residents participated in field evaluation and taste testing of new tomato cultivars that are resistant to common diseases found in St. James Parish.

Who we reach:

38,552 - Youth (includes 700 4-H members & 12 school 4-H clubs)
22,394 - Adults 3,336 Ag & Natural Resources 18,856 Family Consumer Sciences

How we reach them:

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

Expanding our efforts:

205 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Agriculture Family & Community 

Parish Facts  

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aqua-culture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. James Parish clientele. The 2010 total dol-lar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises - $33,969,508
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $1,948,696
  • Animal enterprises - $214,796

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

Population - 21,054
Land area (square miles) - 246.13
Persons under 18 years old - 26.7%
Persons 65 years old and over - 12.6%
Median household income - $45,303
Persons below poverty - 15.8% 

Local Issues & Plans for this year

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture  

  • Conduct Sugarcane Field Day and Grower Meetings
  • Used Precision Agriculture Tools to aid New Perique Tobacco Farmers
  • Conduct Tomato and Vegetable Field Day open to public
  • Write news column, web page content, and seminars on agriculture practices
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits

2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and pro-tection of the environment  

  • Promote waste reduction and recycling through 4-H’ers service learning
  • Educate youth in Louisiana wetlands and restoration solution
  • Plan for planting of trees on public property
  • Conduct coastal program with schools and 4-H youth to grow native plants

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

  • Develop and implement service learning projects through out the parish
  • Provide youth with bullying intervention techniques
  • Provide youth with career preparation and financial management tools
  • Provide youth with social development opportunities
  • Provide youth with leadership development opportunities

4. Strengthen families and communities  

  • FF:NEWS provide training to help families make healthy food choices that will help them live healthier and longer lives
  • Train parents to be the best parent they can be
  • To continue support early childhood education through learning and networking opportunities
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