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.
Allen has over 600 youth enrolled in 21 traditional 4-H clubs having an active club in all parish public schools.
The Allen Parish 4-H Youth Development program strives to build youths’ feelings of belonging through experiential learning opportunities. During the club year, strategies are utilized to build a sense of connection among club members, their peers, adult volunteers, leaders, and 4-H faculty. We offer club meetings, various contests, officer training, shooting sports, award trips, 4-H camps, workshops, livestock projects, chef club and junior leadership club.
The purpose of the Allen Parish Shooting Sports Program, our fastest growing program, is to teach youth firearm and archery safety and marksmanship and sportsmanship. Over 100 youth, certified instructors, and many volunteers participated in the program in 2019. Each year we have a steady in-crease of youth and volunteer participation.
Chef Club is a program that is offered to all 4-H members in Allen Parish. While learning about improving our eating habits, and cooking healthy recipes, club members take part in physical activity at every club meeting. At our meetings, we promote physical activity by playing games, group activities, yoga, hula-hoop, jump rope, and much more.
Our Junior Leader Club focusses on members that are 13-18 years of age. The club meets once a month. Each year the members take an active role in service-learning projects in the parish, including: socks for seniors, children’s cancer awareness, Anti-bullying, Pause for Paws, Environmental awareness, Literacy awareness.
Rice and soybean producers are provided with information on production and pest management recommendations to maximize crop performance. Through e-mails, rice field days, newsletters, producer meetings, and farm and home visits. Recommended pesticide storage, use, transport, and application procedures are taught through re-certification programs for private applicators. Homeowners and gardeners are kept informed of LSU AgCenter recommendations on insect disease and management practices through web sites, farm home visits, newsletters, and bulletins.
Address: P.O. Box 188
117 N 5th Street
Oberlin, La 70655
Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/allenparish
Office Hours: 8:00a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Parish Chair: Chad Hagan
4-H Youth Development: Brooke LaFargue
Administrative Coordinator: Kayla Manuel
Nutrition Educator: Crystal Prejean
4-H clubs, Class series, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Websites, Publications, Social media.
Allen Parish is located in Southwest Louisiana. The total land area of Allen Parish is 775 square miles or 496,000 acres. There are three major towns in the mostly rural parish: Kinder, Oberlin, and Oakdale. A prison and illegal alien detention center is located in Oakdale. A state medium security prison is located between Oberlin and Kinder. A major wood-using industry manufacturing lumber is located in Oakdale. There are several small sawmills and crosstie mills in the parish. A small manufacturer of boating safety devises is located in Kinder.
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LSU AgCenter State Appropriated Funds for FY 2019-2020: