St. John Parish Profile 2016-17

Sarah Isom, Schmit, Rene G., Clifton, Cynthia, cujones  |  2/23/2017 2:53:50 PM

Program Highlights

Family, Nutrition and Health Let’s Eat for the Healthy of It is a nutrition program that focuses on eating more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, proteins and dairy. The program also focuses on making your plate great by choosing a variety of foods from all 5 food groups at meal times. Let’s East for the Health of It is offered in St. John the Baptist Parish to seniors, schools and WIC clienteles. This program teaches the participants how to prepare meals, read nutrition labels, focus on healthy meals and drinking lots of water.

4-H Youth Development

4-H’er Evania Cortorreal in St. John Parish recently competed in the Broiler Show at the State Livestock Show in Gonzales. Evania showed cockeriel and pullets at the show and received blue ribbons.

Congratulations!

Agriculture & Natural Resources

St. John Parish is estimated to have 17,800 individual resident homeowners who are responsible for the individual management of their home landscapes. Their interest to learn and apply proper horticulture practices is evident through contacts made on a regular basis with the LSU AgCenter. In 2016 the LSU AgCenter provided an estimated 2,100 resident homeowners with educational information, recommendations and training on research-based cultural practices for lawns, shade trees, fruit trees, landscape ornamentals, vegetable gardens, plant selection and planting, plant health diagnostics, weed, insect and disease pest identification and controls. Parish Master Gardener volunteers also reached an additional 2,000 homeowner clientele through educational gardening programs presented to the public.

Who we reach:

2688 - Youth (includes 383 4-H

members & 16 school 4-H clubs)

9095 - Adults

3,300Ag & Natural Resources 5,795 Family Consumer Sciences

How we reach them:

4-H clubs Class series School Enrichment Demonstrations Field days Workshops

Newsletters Web sites

Publications Social media School gardens

Expanding our efforts:

70 Volunteers -

4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community and Agriculture


Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. John Parish clientele. The 2016 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

—Plant enterprises - $13,601.

—Aquaculture and wildlife - $99,589.

—Animal enterprises - $278,555.

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

Population - 45,924

Land area (square miles) - 213.07% Persons under 18 years old - 25.0% Persons 65 years old and over - 13.0% Median household income - $50,921 Persons below poverty - 20.5%

Local Issues & Plans for this year:

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Conduct educational programs and provide information to consumer horticulture clientele that addresses production and pest management concerns.
  • Conduct producer meetings and provide on site assistance through farm visits.
  • Conduct vegetable research trials and demonstration field day for vegetable growers and home gardeners.
  • Develop and conduct educational programs that address specific needs of agriculture and horticulture clientele as identified through Extension Advisory committees.
  • Conduct trainings for private pesticide applicators and agricultural workers.
  • Conduct recycling and compost educational programs.
  • Conduct programs that promote Best Management Practices (BMP), Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and conservation and environmental stewardship.
  • Promote youth involvement in Science, Engineering and Technology (S.E.T.) programs.
  • Conduct community service and service learning activity parish-wide.
  • Offer more hands-on programs
  • Increase parenting programs for adults through learning the value of nutrition.
  • Increase children’s awareness of learning how to eat correctly by doing healthy food demonstrations and inviting them to participate in the demonstrations.

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

  • Conduct trainings for priviate pesticide applicators and agricultural workers.
  • Conduct recycling and compost educational programs.
  • Conduct programs that promote Best Management Practices (BMP), Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and conservation and environmental stewardship.

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

  • Promote youth involvement in Science, Engineering and Technology (S.E.T.) programs.
  • Conduct community service and service learning activity parish-wide.
  • Offer more hands-on programs.

4. Strengthen families and communities.

  • Increase parenting programs for adults through learning the value of nutrition.
  • Increase children's awareness of learning how to eat correctly by doing healthy food demonstrations and inviting them to participate in the demonstrations.
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