Jimmy D. Mccann, Mcguire, Pamela K., Bennett, Jana
The LSU AgCenter is dedicated to providing innovative research, information and education to improve people's lives. Working in a unique statewide network of parish extension offices, research stations and academic departments, the LSU AgCenter helps Louisiana citizens make the best use of natural resources, protect the environment, enhance agricultural enterprises and develop human and community resources.
County Agent Jim McCann harvested a nine-variety corn test plot. Test plots planted in several different parishes show producers how corn varieties perform in different soils and weather conditions. Plot results are sent to county agents across the state to compare test results of these variety demonstrations.
Agent Jim McCann placed rain gauges throughout Caldwell Parish to collect rainfall totals during the crop and forage year. Measurements from multiple gauges placed in different areas of the parish were recorded and compared. Readings this year ranged from 32.5 inches to 37.7 inches with an average of 34.7 inches for Caldwell Parish from April 1 to September 30, 2020.
Eighteen cattle producers received information on current FSA programs available to them during the COVID-19 pandemic and information on ryegrass and fall forage production.
Private landowners received hardwood and pine tree information to assist them with forestry planning for their small tract timber.
Two livestock leaders were recruited to help with 4-H beef livestock projects for the upcoming 2021 livestock show season.
Agent Jim McCann visited rowcrop producers in Caldwell, LaSalle and Ouachita parishes to find out what the LSU AgCenter can do to help them with their farming operations.
4-H Agent Jana Bennett contributed to the Northeast Region 4-H Healthy Living Camp held July 13 through July 17 by co-creating a promotional flyer. Agent Bennett also participated in professional development workshops and business meetings during the virtual LAE4-HA Convention held in August.
The 4-H Junior Leadership Club met virtually and held a December canned food drive. Two Caldwell 4-H Junior Leader members were chosen to be on the Northeast Regional Leader Board.
Agent Jana Bennett and nine volunteer leaders participated in the virtual Regional Leader Forum which included educational videos for agents and volunteers to watch.
4-H programming reached approximately 300 youth in Fall 2020. During monthly 4-H club meetings, elementary youth participating in S.E.T. lessons presented by agent Jana Bennett learned about solids, liquids and gases by making butter and learned about chemistry by using a vinegar and salt solution to clean pennies. Cloverbuds participated in virtual lessons on cotton, forestry and composting.
Numerous 4-H members participated in parish contests. Thirty-seven students submitted entries for the Leaf Identification contest; twenty-two members participated in the Fashion Revue and Consumer Decision Making contests which were converted to a virtual format. 4-H'ers competed in clothing construction, decorated shirts, ready-to-wear and consumer decision making. Sixteen entries in the categories of Plants, Animals, People, Story or Series, Structures or Buildings were submitted for the Photography Contest; twenty-five entries covering topics on hunter and outdoor safety, internet safety, pet safety, sport and water safety, fire safety, kitchen and food safety, distracted driving and coronavirus safety were submitted for the Safety Poster Contest. Corporate sponsors have been secured for all 4-H contests this year affording the opportunity to present cash awards to 4-H winners.
Membership and participation in activities and events are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, veteran status or disability. If you have a disability that requires special accommodation for your participation in an activity, please contact us at 318-649-2663. The LSU AgCenter and LSU provide equal opportunities in programs and employment.