Jimmy Flanagan, Soprano, Camelia W. | 4/30/2010 9:35:50 PM
You can access a PDF version of the St. Mary Parish Profile below.
Family & Consumer Sciences
Nutrition, obesity and healthy living are important to Americans and a concern to residents in St. Mary Parish. To address these concerns, a comprehensive nutrition education and physical activity program is conducted. The objectives are to have children increase their knowledge of nutrition and physical activity, understand the importance of time spent in physical activity and increase fruit and vegetable intake. The program known as “Smart Bodies” integrates classroom activities with hands-on learning utilizing three components:
During the past three years, 2000 youth in St. Mary Parish have participated in this program.
4-H Youth Development
Through non-formal, research based, experiential education activities, 4-H participants gain knowledge and life skills enabling them to become positive, productive, capable and compassionate members of their communities. Youth from most schools in St. Mary Parish participate in different activities during the school year. In the summer, many have the opportunity to attend state-wide events. 4-H is more than raising animals. 4-H provides different opportunities for everyone.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Economic sustainability has been a major issue for both row crop agriculture and the seafood industry over the last few years. Even with recent storms and low commodity prices, the agriculture and seafood industries contributed a hefty $60 million dollars to the economy of St. Mary parish in 2008. Producers and LSU AgCenter researchers are addressing value-added alternatives that will help maintain the viability and productivity of the agricultural and seafood industries in St. Mary Parish. Environmental challenges such as clean air and water, as well as the continued erosion of coastal habitats, persist as areas of concern. The fisheries program is emphasizing the natural resources of the Atchafalaya River Basin and coastal and marine fisheries, particularly crab and shrimp, with a particular focus on the education of Asian and Asian-American clientele for the purpose of leadership development to help sustain the natural resource base.
Who we reach:
12,400 Youth (includes 822 4-H members & 30 school 4-H clubs)
11,547 Adults (Ag & Natural Resources and Family Consumer Sciences)
How we reach them:
Expanding our efforts:
:LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. Mary Parish clientele. The 2008 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana AgSummary website: lsuagcenter.com/agsummary
Land area (square miles)-612.79
Persons under 18 years old-26.3%
Persons 65 years old and over-13.5%
Median household income-$36,109
Persons below poverty-22.4%
Local Issues & Plans for This Year:
1. Programming that addresses the sustainability of agriculture in St. Mary Parish:
2. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture.
3. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
4. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
5. Strengthen families and communities.