St. John Parish Profile 2013

Rene Schmit  |  8/22/2013 1:42:49 AM

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Program Highlights

Family, Nutrition & Health

Smart Portions is the new nutrition program offered in St. John the Baptist Parish. Smart Portions is a healthy weight program that targets the healthy daily supply of foods containing the right amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber and water that our body needs on a daily basis. This program teaches participants how to translate essential nutrients into foods, foods into meals and meals into menus. A food guide is provided from the USDA outlining the five major food groups and the recommended servings from each. Smart Portions teaches a meal pattern that helps participants adjust their meals to fit changes in lifestyle, work, school, vacation or travel.

4-H, Youth & Family Development

The St. John Parish 4-H program promotes youth involvement in hands-on, educational activities. Each month members participate in exciting lessons relating to Science, Engineering and Technology (S.E.T.) at school club meetings. Youth are engaged in topics from frogs to water conservation. 4-H members also have the opportunity to attend regional and state events, such as summer camp and 4-H University.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

St. John Parish horticulture programs provide research-based information to the general public on subject matter relating to home vegetable gardening, fruit and nut production and insect disease and weed management. In addition, home gardeners have the opportunity to develop their skills through the River Region Master Gardener Program.

Sugarcane production, along with soybeans and beef cattle, represent a competitive and viable agriculture industry in St. John Parish and are valued for their economic contribution to the parish. Sugarcane is grown on both the east and west banks and involves 16 growers on 7,169 acres of crop land. In 2012, parish sugarcane growers had a record-breaking harvest despite the effects of Hurricane Isaac.

Who we reach:

2494 – Youth (includes 538 4-H members & 15 school 4-H Clubs)
5,458 – Adults
1,424 Ag & Natural Resources
4,034 Family Consumer Sciences

How we reach them:

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

Expanding our efforts:

50 Volunteers – 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. John Parish clientele. The 2012 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises – $13,804,034
  • Aquaculture and wildlife – $311,843
  • Animal enterprises – $437,669

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Website:

Population – 45,221
Land area (square miles) – 213.07%
Persons under 18 years old – 26.6%
Persons 65 years old and over – 10.8%
Median household income – $49,671
Persons below poverty – 5.2%

Local Issues & Plans for this year

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Conduct educational programs and provide information to consumer horticulture clientele that addresses production and pest management concerns.
  • Conduct producer meetings and provide on-site assistance through farm visits.
  • Conduct vegetable research trials and demonstration field day for vegetable growers and home gardeners.
  • Develop and conduct educational programs that address specific needs of agriculture and horticulture clientele as identified through Extension Advisory committees.

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

  • Conduct trainings for private pesticide applicators and agricultural workers.
  • Conduct recycling and compost educational programs.
  • Conduct programs that promote Best Management Practices (BMP), Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and conservation and environmental stewardship.

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

  • Promote youth involvement in Science, Engineering and Technology (S.E.T.) programs.
  • Conduct community service and service-learning activities parishwide.

4. Strengthen families and communities.

  • Increase parenting programs for adults through learning the value of nutrition.
  • Increase children’s awareness of learning how to eat correctly and the functions of the body by participating in the Body Walk through the Smart Bodies Program.
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