Jaye Guerin | 3/9/2017 4:49:38 PM
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Through continued education efforts such as on-farm result demonstrations, grower meetings and news articles, producers are provided with information on varieties and best management practices. Growers were able to incorporate these practices into their operations to help increase profitability.
In addition, through pesticide recertification, residents and producers are educated in worker protection standards, spray control and proper planning of chemical applications.
4-H Youth Development
West Baton Rouge 4-H teaches science-based lessons through experiential learning techniques. West Baton Rouge 4-H has four project clubs that emphasize different subject areas included in the 4-H curriculum. Our project clubs include sewing (Fashion Forward), robotics, shooting sports and livestock. The project clubs allow participants to gain first-hand experience with the project that will allow them to apply that knowledge later in life.
West Baton Rouge 4-H is also focused on providing service in our community. Each year West Baton Rouge 4-H holds a “Holiday Canned Food Drive,” which collects canned goods throughout the parish to donate to the local Food Bank.
The 4-H motto is “Learn by Doing,” and we try to follow that motto in all our West Baton Rouge 4-H programming.
Family, Nutrition & Health
Our Nutrition Programs offer many resources to assist residents in making better healthier choices for their families. Classes teach individuals how to select foods that meet their nutritional needs, become more physically active, fix healthful low-cost meals, stretch food dollars, and handle and store food so that it will not spoil and last longer.
The Healthy Community Initiative in West Baton Rouge Parish is designed to improve the nutrition and health of the SNAP-Ed eligible community members using a model that may be replicated across the state. The community development project will promote broad programs in health and nutrition education and physical activity opportunities in the parish.
7701 Youth (includes 305 4-H members & 14 school 4-H clubs, and Head Starts)
1340 Ag & Natural Resources
1200 Family, Nutrition & Health
4-H Clubs, Class series, School enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Websites, Publications, Social media.
150 Volunteers: 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community, Master Horsemen, and AgCenter Supporters.
LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, fisheries, wildlife and animal enterprises to West Baton Rouge Parish clientele. The 2012 total dollar amounts from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary www.lsuagcenter.com/agsummary
Population – 25,490
Land area (square miles) – 192.39
Persons under 18 years old – 24.6%%
Persons 65 years old and over – 12.2%
Median household income – $53,703.00
Persons below poverty – 15.1%
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture.
2. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
3. Strengthen families and communities and help with making better nutrition decisions.