2023 Louisiana 4-H Report

Toby Lepley, Powell, Ashley, Faust, Lauren, Boe, Esther C., Hebert, Lanette G., Zito-Hebert, Christina, Zak, Claire, Wilking, Rochelle, Fox, Catherine, O'Malley, Adam, Miller, V. Todd, Devall, Hannah, Uzee, Brennan, Gautreau, Brian, McClure, Olivia J., Franks, Meggan  |  3/2/2023 3:34:36 PM

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2023 Louisiana 4-H Annual Report



A young teen girl takes aim with a rifle.It begins with a spark

Louisiana 4-H has a long, rich history spanning more than a century. As we move into the future, Louisiana 4-H is committed to being intentional about highlighting our youth and ensuring they are prepared to thrive. Through their experiences and the people they encounter in 4-H, youth can start to find their spark.

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Two people ride down a marsh in a boat. Marsh Maneuvers returns after two years away

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and hurricanes, Marsh Maneuvers, a coastal education summer camp program, returned in July for its 33rd session.

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Vintage photo of a young woman with braided pigtails standing near a car.Camp Grant Walker Centennial: 100 years, a million memories

In 2022, Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center marked its 100th anniversary of providing educational and recreational opportunities for the youth of Louisiana.

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A Sizzling Competition

The energy was palpable at the Alexandria Evacuation Megashelter on April 19 for the inaugural Louisiana 4-H Food Challenge. Thirty-nine teams from 17 parishes traveled from around the state to showcase their cooking skills and prove themselves champions.

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2023 Alumni Spotlight

4-H highlights outstanding alumni and their adventures and careers.

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A young man wearing a green jacket stands in front of a podium.Traditional Project, Extraordinary Outcome

Ty Hebert, 4-H alumni from Vermilion Parish in 2022, is truly an example of how a traditional 4-H project can have an extraordinary outcome. From being an infant toted along to his sisters’ livestock shows to planning a college career majoring in agricultural economics, agriculture has always been a part of his life.

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Youth leadership pioneer inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

Described as a visionary by colleagues, Saralene Seals was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in an October ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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A group of 11 children stands on a sidewalk.Club Innovation: Kids Can Run 4-H Club

While Louisiana has one of the highest childhood obesity rates in the nation at 19.1%, encouraging regular physical activity can help reduce their chances of joining those ranks. Furthermore, many children that want to participate in school sports do not qualify for the team due to roster limitations. By creating project clubs for sports and collaborating with school districts, more youth can learn a sport they are passionate about.

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Brodeo: Parents honor son by launching new event

Roping steers, cattle drives and saddle breaking horses might sound like something you’d see in a western movie but in Calcasieu and surrounding parishes it is a way of life. Attending rodeos and showing livestock are deeply rooted in the community with generations of families participating. As part of their appreciation for this way of life and to honor the memory of their son, Jimmy and JoAnn Meaux have started an inclusive rodeo experience as well as a memorial scholarship.

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Cover of a publication with a little boy sitting on a man's shoulders.Louisiana Resilience: Bringing Mental Health Awareness and Training to Ouachita Parish

In September 2021, the LSU AgCenter was awarded $622,271 for the mental health awareness training grant, Louisiana Resilience: Bringing Mental Health Awareness and Training to Ouachita Parish. This five-year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant was written to provide training to school and community-based youth service professionals to strengthen access to mental health resources, specifically in Ouachita Parish.

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A man holding a sugarcane stalk speaks to a small crowd near a truck in a field.Feeding Our Future: Junior Ag Leadership Program Helps Youth Envision Careers

With an ever-expanding world population that could increase by as much as 2 billion people over the next 30 years according to United Nations’ estimates, finding agricultural solutions to grow our food supply is of vital importance.

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A group of people stands in front of a building. JET Setters: Empowering teens through career readiness

Teens have the opportunity to cultivate their personal brand and develop real world job experience through the Jurors Empowering Teens (JET) program in Bienville Parish. For four weeks each summer, teens aged 16 to 18 are paired with public organizations and private businesses to prepare for their future careers.

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A small teen boy holds up an award near a 4-H green clover sign. Legacy of 4-H Livestock projects

The Huval family has exhibited livestock in the St. Martin Parish 4-H program for the past 46 consecutive years. As the family welcomes their first year with an empty barn, they reflect upon past projects.

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Group shot of a family consisting of parents, a grandparent, and three teen girls.4-H Camp Through the Generations

For many families, attending 4-H summer camp is a family tradition. That includes the Hambrices. The St. Bernard Parish family has attended 4-H camp for multiple generations.

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Two people flank a man holding an award in the middle.Friends Honoring Friends in the Field of Animal Science

The Louisiana 4-H Foundation recently established a scholarship for graduating high school seniors in honor of Robert and Debbie Joyner, who have been key supporters of 4-H livestock programs. The Robert and Debbie Joyner Scholarship Fund was created with a donation from Phil Elzer, director of the LSU AgCenter School of Animal Sciences, and his wife Julie.

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Pie chart representing 71% LSU Foundation endowments, 23% bank accounts and ivestments, and 6% LSU Foundation expendable funds.Louisiana 4-H Foundation 2021-2022 Donors

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