Jason Holmes | 8/22/2013 9:33:23 PM
Family, Nutrition & Health
Nutrition programs, such as Smart Choices and others, provide research-based information to help individuals and families increase their nutrition knowledge, gain skills in healthy food preparation, and improve eating and activity habits in order to live a healthy lifestyle. The issue of childhood obesity has been adopted as a major initiative of the LSU AgCenter. Programs such as Family Nutrition Night and Smart Bodies address this issue and promote healthy lifestyles through hands-on educational activities for children, parents and caregivers. The Germ Cave exhibit is used to teach proper hand-washing to prevent foodborne illness and the spread of germs. The Traveling Kitchen curriculum teaches basic food preparation skills to parents to equip them with skills to prepare healthy meals for their families.
4-H Youth Development
Union Parish 4-H has traditional clubs in all parish schools, reaching approximately 405 youth in the fourth –12th grades. A variety of educational programs are offered to provide youth with age-appropriate competitions, project workshops, camping experiences, outdoor skill events and community service projects. Youth are presented programs on leadership, financial management, jobs/careers, life skills, science, engineering and technology, social skills and public speaking that assist in building self-esteem and future careers. Youth have the opportunity to participate in many community outreach programs. This year these have included activities for a local rehab, TRIAD, town of Farmerville and Lake D’Arbonne State Park. The Union Parish 4-H program offers project clubs in several areas. These are led by volunteers to provide a more in-depth experience for the youth. The Outdoor Skills Club is our fastest-growing project club. The purpose of the club is to teach youth firearm and archery equipment safety, sportsmanship and marksmanship. There are over 60youth, eight certified instructors and many volunteer parents that assist with this program.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
In Union Parish, agriculture is big business – contributing millions of dollars to the state’s economy, employing thousands of people and providing many products we use every day. From forestry to produce and fruits, to poultry and beef cattle and much more, Union Parish agriculture provides families with food and fiber. It also provides jobs for hundreds of farmers, foresters, ranchers and other agricultural producers, as well as the thousands more involved In industries that handle food and fiber products along their way to consumers. In total, Union Parish agricultural products contributed $291.5 million to the state's economy as they left the farm gate in 2012. The Union Parish faculty and staff of the LSU AgCenter are proud to support the food and fiber producers of this great parish!
405 4-H youth enrolled in 18 clubs at 9 schools
60 4-H youth and adult volunteers
120 Nutrition (SNAP-ED) youth clients
1,122 Nutrition (SNAP-ED) adult clients
66 Poultry Growers
73 Master Gardeners
4-H Club meetings, Commodity sites, School enrichment, Field days, Project clubs, Website, Series of classes, Demonstrations, Newsletters, Publications, Home/farm/office visits.
Volunteers - Master Gardeners, Project club leaders, 4-H Leadership Training, Community adult leadership training, Parish Facts, LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Union Parish clientele.
The 2012 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Website: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population – 22,419
Land area (square miles) – 876.99
Persons under 18 years old – 22.7%
Persons 65 years old and over – 17.6%
Median household income – $37,426
Persons below poverty – 23.0%
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
2. Promote the wise use of natural resources & protection of environment.
3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
4. Strengthen families and communities.