St. James Parish Profile 2016-17

Kenneth Guidry, Simoneaux, Mariah  |  12/19/2016 4:39:38 PM

Program Highlights

Family, Nutrition and Health

SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) is our nutrition intervention program. It is designed to help primarily food stamp recipients make wise food choices that are healthy and safe. The program also helps families select and prepare meals consistent with their cultural traditions, while improving their overall health. Lisa Weber, Nutrition Educator, delivers research-based, family focused programs consistent with the program’s mission. Participants in SNAP-Ed are exposed to food taste-testing, parenting and childcare education and nutritional education. As a result the underserved residents of St. James Parish have reported an improvement in their quality of life.

4-H Youth Development

St. James Parish 4-H provides community youth with opportunities to develop life skills through experiential learning activities, school enrichment, and extracurricular programing. During the 2016 school year approximately 4000 youth will gain knowledge in the areas of agriculture, financial literacy, workforce preparation, service learning, healthy living, citizenship, and science, engineering and technology. St. James 4-H gives youth endless opportunities to work with caring adult volunteers to foster personal growth and become well rounded citizens through the Essential Elements of 4-H: Belonging, Independence, Generosity, and Mastery. Highlights of the year include Ag Day, Youth Wetlands Week, Livestock Shows, 4-H University, Summer Camp, 4-H Day at the Capitol, Healthy Lifestyles Fun Run, Welcome to the Real World and other 4-H events.

Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR)

Sugarcane is the most valuable row crop commodity in St. James Parish. It is produced on over 26,000 acres and creates an economic impact of over $29,450,000. Soybean production remains steady in St. James Parish. In 2016 producers grew soybeans on nearly 3,000 acres. Perique tobacco, a crop unique to our parish, was grown on approximately 150 acres. Producer field days and meetings for all row crop commodities were conducted throughout the year on topics including pest management, drift reduction, and environmental stewardship. The 7th Annual Tomato Field Day was held to educate commercial producers and home gardeners on new tomato, pepper, and cucumber varieties and production practices.

Who we reach:

62,359 - Youth Contacts

36,845 - Adult Contacts

How we reach them:

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

Expanding our efforts:

230 volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardener, Family & Community

Volunteers are essential to the success of our programs.

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, fishery, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. James Parish clientele. The 2015 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant - $33,890,309
  • Fisheries and wildlife - $1,074,186
  • Animal - $1,763,564

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary website: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary.

  • Population - 21,567
  • Land area - 258 square miles
  • Persons under 18 years old - 23%
  • Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
  • Median household income - $51,107
  • Persons below poverty - 16%

Local Issues & Plans for this year:

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture

  • Conduct educational meetings for sugarcane, soybean, and tobacco producers
  • Hold tomato field day and garden contest, both of which are open to public
  • Educate community members on horticulture and agriculture related topics through the use of different media outlets
  • Make farm and home educational visits as needed

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

  • Encourage waste reduction and recycling through 4-H service learning
  • Educate commercial producers on environmental sustainable practices
  • Teach youth about our Louisiana wetlands and implement restoration solutions
  • Plan for planting of trees on public property

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

  • Provide youth with bullying intervention techniques
  • Provide youth with career preparation and financial management tools, leadership development skills
  • Provide youth with social development opportunities, such as overnight camps and trips

4. Strengthen families and communities

  • SNAP-Ed provides training for families to make healthy food choices which will help them live healthier and longer lives
  • Train parents to be the best parent they can be
  • Continue to support early childhood education by providing learning and networking opportunities
  • Promote healthy lifestyles through participation in 4-H activities

Additional Information

Address: P.O. Box 849
2430 Louisiana Avenue
Lutcher, LA 70071

Phone: 225-562-2320

Email: StJames@agcenter.lsu.edu

Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/StJames

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

Kenneth J. Guidry
Parish Chair
County Agent, 4-H

Mariah Simoneaux
Assoc. County Agent, ANR

Al Orgeron
Regional IPM Specialist

Craig Roussel
County Agent, Horticulture

Lisa Weber
Nutrition Educator

Mollie Arceneaux
Administrative Coordinator

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