Concordia Parish Profile 2016-2017

Tanya Byrd  |  2/1/2017 3:36:46 PM

Program Highlights

Family & Consumer Sciences
Obesity and Childhood Obesity are huge issues for the state of Louisiana. The LSU AgCenter has many nutrition programs available to individuals and families that will help increase their nutrition knowledge, gain skills in healthy food preparation, improve eating habits and increase physical activity in order to live a healthy lifestyle. Family and Consumer Sciences is initiating Healthy Communities projects across the state to target obesity issues and be a catalyst for community change. In Concordia Parish, Ferriday Lower Elementary is our Healthy Community. Programming is centered on the 1st and 2nd grade students, with plans to engage parents and community partners in the near future.Programming is not limited to the Healthy Communities project. Programming is available to any school, agency, individual, or group in the parish. Programming starts as early as preschool age and extends to senior adults.

4-H Youth Development
With the fast paced lifestyles of today’s families and with the constant updates of technology it is vital to 4-H to make the changes to meet the needs of our clientele. The focus for this year is Science, Engineering and Technology (SET).The 4-H Pet Show, 4-H Cookery Contest, Christmas card contest for parish nursing homes, Valentine cards for our veterans and National 4-H Week Contest (4-H Olympic Medal) continue to be the most popular contest in the parish. Concordia 4-H youth carry on the tradition of attending 4-H Camp with 63 attending this past summer. Parish youth participate in community service/service learning projects throughout the year. These projects have helped our4-H youth to learn to give back to their communities and feel good about helping families who are in need of assistance for their well- being. Youth continue to learn about Louisiana agriculture through hands-on experiences in the Youth Wetlands Program, parish livestock projects, school gardens, Ag Alley, Ag Adventures and the Northeast Agriculture Youth Field Day.

Agriculture & Natural Resources
Concordia is a major agricultural parish that produces cotton, corn, soybeans, wheat, grain sorghum and rice. Every growing season brings its unique issue, therefore, farmers rely on information from the LSU AgCenter to stay productive. Core Block variety demonstrations for corn, soybeans, and wheat are conducted on farms within the parish to provide information on variety performance to help producers make the best decisions during planting. Other on farm demonstrations conducted in the parish include research on palmer amaranth herbicide resistance, the use of irrigation technology to improve water efficiency, rice verification study, and an irrigation cost project. The research from these demonstrations in Concordia will be shared with producers all across the state to help give farmers assistance for the next growing season. The Delta Master Gardener program has 10 members who have worked intensely with the community to share their knowledge and skills with others.

Concordia Parish

Extension Office

Address: 405 Carter Street

Vidalia, LA 71373

Phone: 318-336-5315

Fax: 318-336-5832

Email:
Concordia@agcenter.lsu.edu

Web site:
LSUAgCenter.com/Concordia

Office Hours:

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

Joe P. Bairnsfather
Parish Chair
jbairnsfather@agcenter.lsu.edu


Tanya L. Byrd
Administrative Coordinator III

tbyrd@agcenter.lsu.edu



Alethia R. Lawrence

Assistant Extension Agent/Snap-Ed Nutrition

alawrence@agcenter.lsu.edu


Kylie Cater Miller

Extension Associate—ANR

kmiller@agcenter.lsu.edu


Programs:

4-H and Youth
Development

Agriculture & Natural
Resources (ANR)

Family & Consumer
Sciences (FCS)

SNAP ED

Healthy Beginnings

Who we reach:

3377- Youth (includes 4-H, FCS, ANR
and 17 school 4-H clubs)

297 -Adults(4-H, Family Consumer Science & ANR)

How we reach them:

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

Health fairs Home/farm/office visits

Summer programs


Expanding our efforts:
168 Volunteers-
4-H, Family Consumer Science,

Agriculture & Natural Resources


Parish Facts:

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Terrebonne Parish clientele. The 2015 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
—Plant enterprises- $78,408,269.

—Aquaculture and wildlife - $3,093,788.

—Animal enterprises- $17,591,781.
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary
Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary

Population - 20,142

Land area (square miles) - 696.92
Persons under 18 years old -24.1%

Persons 65 years old and over - 16%

Median household income - $29,654

Persons below poverty - 29.5%

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

Ag And Natural Resources


Conduct Workers Protection Standards (WPS) trainings and Private Pesticide applicators recertification meetings to agricultural workers.

Monitor saltwater intrusion of agricultural wells

Share information on current issues with news articles, emails and meetings

Provide new research on current issues using on-farm demonstration to help producers make informed decision about current problems in Concordia Parish

Provide information on water irrigation management

4-H Youth & Family Development

Involve parents, school leaders and 4-H alumni to support parish youth

Lack of communication between 4-H youth and 4-H leaders at school

Try new ways of letting youth know of opportunities available through 4-H

Low number of youth participating in livestock program

Decline in number of 4-H youth at Junior/Senior High level

Family and Consumer Sciences

Healthy Communities, targeting Ferriday Lower Elementary, is a program that is being implemented to create a healthier school, a healthier environment and improve the overall health of the school. Programming is in progress now, with workgroups, and future plans to involve and engage parents and the community.

Programs and opportunities to educate parents about the dangers and prevalence of childhood obesity and encourage them to make healthy nutrition choices for their children and families.

Programs for youth in Concordia Parish that emphasize physical activity and healthy eating habits as part of a healthy lifestyle that will affect them for a lifetime.

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