Orleans Parish 4-H agent Alisha Okoro and club leader Kim Beshears recently started the Orleans Wiggles and Wags Club. The club integrates fun, hands-on engaging activities with an animal science curriculum to teach youth how to properly care for dogs, basic dog obedience, proper animal nutrition and basic domestic small animal care.
“Since most New Orleanians don’t have livestock, Kim Beshears and I decided to start a new club in Orleans, and we named it the Orleans Wiggles and Wag Club,” Okoro said. “Wiggles and Wags is an animal husbandry club for students in grades four through six.”
- Johnny Morgan
An LSU AgCenter team recently received a national honor for its Healthy Communities initiative, which aims to increase access to nutritious foods and provide more opportunities for physical activity.
On May 5 at the National Health Outreach Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, the Jeanne M. Priester Organizational Culture of Health Award was presented to Denise Holston, AgCenter nutrition specialist and Healthy Communities principal investigator; Jamila Freightman, program manager; and Matt Greene, program evaluator.
- Olivia McClure
Eight Master Farmer recertifications and the 2021 Louisiana Outstanding Master Farmer award were presented during a meeting of the Louisiana Association of Conservation April 20 in Baton Rouge. The Louisiana Master Farmer Program is a multiagency effort led by the LSU AgCenter that teaches about conservation and environmental stewardship.
Dwayne Compton, who received the Outstanding Master Farmer award, is a rice and crawfish producer who has been active for more than 30 years in Jefferson Davis Parish. Compton was presented a plaque and two $1,000 awards sponsored by the Louisiana Land Bank and Gowan Company.
- V. Todd Miller
Three icons of Louisiana agriculture were inducted into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction during a ceremony in Baton Rouge on March 24. The new inductees are former director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service and current chancellor of LSU Alexandria Paul Coreil, of Alexandria; longtime Louisiana Radio Network farm broadcaster Don Molino, of Baton Rouge; and Jim Monroe, of Pineville, former assistant to the president at Louisiana Farm Bureau, where Monroe worked for 47 years.
A joint effort of the LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Radio Network, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction honors individuals who have made significant contributions to agriculture or agriculture-related industries.
- Craig Gautreaux
Orleans Parish 4-H members Addy Wilson and Brita Gray take a break from the heat to allow ferrets Jazz and Fefe to cool off during the recent Orleans Parish 4-H pet show that was held in City Park. Photo by Alisha Okoro
The LSU AgCenter School of Nutrition and Food Sciences team that leads the Healthy Communities initiative recently received the Jeanne M. Priester Organizational Culture of Health Award. Pictured, from left, are Jamila Freightman, CDC High Obesity Program manager; Denise Holston, assistant professor, nutrition specialist and principal investigator for the Healthy Communities grant; and Matt Greene, SNAP-Ed evaluation coordinator. Provided photo
Dwayne Compton, of Jefferson Davis Parish, was named the 2021 Outstanding Master Farmer. He is pictured with Stephen Austin from Louisiana Land Bank and Eric Bergeron with the Gowan Company, who each presented him with a check for $1,000. Photo by V. Todd Miller/LSU AgCenter