St. Martin Parish Profile 2016-17

Stuart Gauthier  |  4/12/2017 1:10:39 PM

Program Highlights

Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agriculture is a well diversified $85 million dollar industry vital to economic health of St. Martin Parish. Plant enterprises lead the way, accounting for $51 million. In great part due to a 29,000 acre, $31.5 million dollar sugarcane crop. Nearly 14,000 acres of soybeans, over 3,400 acres of rice, 400 acres of grain sorghum and 100 acres of wheat account for the rest of the field crop total. Other major commodities include fisheries and wildlife valued at nearly $18 million and animal enterprises including horses and cattle estimated at almost 17 million. In the past few years educational programs emphasis has been on Best Management Practices for all commodities including Master Farmer and Master Gardener Programs. This varied clientele is served through advisory committees, producer organizations, commodity meetings, field days, recycling programs, newspaper articles, internet, social media and emails.

4-H Youth Development
Helping community members reach their full potential, St. Martin Parish 4-H reached over 900 youth and 200 adults with educational programming efforts in 2015-2016. Since 2013, the St. Martin Parish 4-H program has offered a healthy living initiative to youth, their families, and the community. Through the initiative, innovative programming concepts were incorporated by 4-H agents to reach initiative goals. The agents were awarded a $8,500 Food Smart Families grant to implement programs. Utilizing diverse delivery methods, the following opportunities were offered: monthly 4-H club meeting programs; newsletter and social media educational content; several contests & workshops; family health challenges; Move 4-Health Amazing Race; 5K race and fun run; and an Achievement Day celebration. The 4-H program also offered programming in livestock, outdoor skills, citizenship, leadership, and science.

Address:
114 Courthouse Street
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517

Phone: 337-332-2181

Fax: 337-332-2870

Email:
stmartin@agcenter.lsu.edu

Web site:
www.LSUAgCenter.com/stmartin

Office Hours:
8:00a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Stuart Gauthier
County Agent/Parish Chair

Hope Guidry
4-H Agent

Kori Myers
4-H Agent

Jessica Randazzo
Asst. Extension Agent

Deborah O. Cormier
Administrative Coordinator

Programs:

-Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR)

-4-H, Youth & Family Development

  • Citizenship/Leadership
  • Science, Engineering & Technology
  • Healthy Living

-Family, Nutrition & Health

  • Smart Portions
  • Healthy Beginnings
  • Community Nutrition

Who we reach:

47,945 - Youth (includes 923 4-H members & 32 school 4-H clubs and 4 special interest clubs)

5,300 - Adults includes Ag & Natural Resources


How we reach them:

4-H clubs
Class series
School Enrichment
Demonstrations
Field days
Workshops
Newsletters
Web sites
Publications
Social media


Expanding our efforts:

Volunteers - 300
4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community, Master Horsemen


Report to St. Martin Parish Stakeholders


Parish Facts:

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, fisheries, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. Martin Parish clientele. The 2015 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
—Plant enterprises - $45,604,698
—Fisheries and wildlife - $19,227,948
—Animal enterprises - $18,150,858


Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary:

Web site: www.LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary


Population—53,835

Land area (square miles) - 737.65

Persons under 18 years old - 24.7%

Persons 65 years old and over - 13.6%

Median household income - $42,948

Persons in poverty - 18.0%


Local Issues & Plans for this year.

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • By conducting an annual Sugarcane Field Day, and Soybean Variety Trials.
  • Holding commodity meetings for Rice, Soybeans, Beef Cattle, Pasture and Hay, Forage .
  • Writing news columns, agriculture seminars, farm & home educational visits, and emails.
  • Assisting residents and growers with flood relief efforts. Including the distribution of information thru the web and printed materials at recovery sites. Worked along with the OEP office in livestock recovery, emergency feed and relocation efforts. Making crop damage assessments by visiting growers and networking with FSA and NRCS.

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

  • Master Farmer, Master Gardener, Master Horseman Programs
  • Sugarcane Burn Management
  • Pesticide Education Certification and recertification program.

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

  • Develop and implement service learning projects throughout the parish
  • Conduct educational opportunities for youth through parish Junior Leader Club
  • Adult Volunteer Trainings and continue to increase volunteers through recruitment efforts.
  • Continue community service projects among members.
  • Youth Wetlands Program

4. Strengthen families and communities

  • Participate in health fairs promoting nutrition education
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