Franklin Parish Profile 2016-2017

Carol Pinnell-Alison, Burnett, Kathleen  |  3/3/2017 2:55:31 PM

Family and Consumer Sciences, Nutrition & Health

In today’s world, it can be hard to make healthy nutritional choices.Community Nutrition Programs are designed to target limited-resource youth and adults who are eligible to receive SNAP benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program. Through participation in these programs, Franklin Parish residents are able toempowerthemselves to make these healthy choices on a limited budget. Four year old students at Franklin Parish Head Start participated in school gardening, with 98% of students being able to correctly identify abroccoli plant before harvest. Five hundred seventy-eight K-6th gradestudents at FCCS and Baskin learned the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices by participating in the Smart Bodies: Body Walk program sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Series’ nutrition lessons were given at multiple locations throughout Franklin Parish,including schools, Franklin Parish Library, Council on Aging,Garden Clubs, church groups and vacation bible schools. These lessons utilized the “Let’s Eat for the Health of It” curriculum,focusing on USDA’s MyPlate, designed to help participants gain basic nutrition knowledge they can use to improve their lives.

4-H Youth Development

Over three hundred forty-four 4th-12th grade youth are participating in the 4-H youth development program. This year they are focusing their educational learning on naturalresources. The youth are learning what it means to recycle, reduce, and reuse materials to decrease the amount of garbage that is put in the local landfill. At the end of the club year, the club program will be evaluated to see what the youth have learned about natural resources and how each of their efforts can have a positive impact on the environment. The youth also have the opportunity to participate in leadership byserving as club officers as well as having the experience of serving their parish by providing community service projects.Otherexperiences include participating in club contests on the parish,regional and state level, attending conferences, workshops and camps.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

The Franklin Parish agricultural economy in 2015 ranked fourteenth inLouisiana for gross farm value.Field corn is our major plant enterprise with the parish leading the state for several years in acres planted.Beef cattle is our major animal enterprise.Core block variety demonstrations in corn,cotton and soybean are conducted on producer farms to provide unbiased information on variety performance to help producers make varietyselections for planting.Private pesticideapplicator and Worker Protection Standard (WPS) trainings are offered to producers and agricultural workers which cover how to work with pesticides safely and protect the environment.Programs are given to parish fifth graders during the annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day.Northeast Louisiana youth learn about agricultural commodities produced in our area during Ag Alley and Ag Adventures.Programs are given to the Lions Club, Rotary Club and garden clubs.Through individual contact with agricultural producers and homeowners, agriculture, aquaculture, animal and horticulture questions are answered, problems are identified and management options are provided.

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

Increase productivity and profitability of agriculture

Conduct on-farm variety demonstrations.

Provide information on resistant weed management.

Provide information on crop fertility, row widths and marketing.

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

Conduct training for private pesticide applicators and agricultural workers.

Provide environmental information on managing pesticide drift and managing crop residue.

Provide information on water resources and irrigation management.

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development

Club educational program will focus on natural resources.

Conduct lessons about recycling, reducing and reusing.

Promote marketing and recruiting of youth for the 4-H program.

Promote Nutrition and Health

Franklin Parish residents will continue receiving information about how to help prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancers and heart disease.

Parents will learn new ideas on how to get themselves and their children more active.

Adults will learn about meal planning and how to manage their food dollars.

Adults and youth will learn how to read a nutrition facts label.

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