Allen Parish Profile

Randall K. Bellon  |  3/8/2010 11:59:38 PM

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Allen Parish Extension Office
P. O. Box 188, 104 South 4th Street
Oberlin LA 70655

Phone: 337-639-4376
Fax: 337-639-2985

Web site:

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

Nancy C. Cronan, Parish Chair
Glenda Allison, Administrative Coordinator

Parish Facts
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Allen Parish clientele. The 2008 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises - 51,992,685.
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $4,228,556.
  • Animal enterprises - $3,291,486.

Data from the Louisiana AgSummary website:

Population - 25,440
Land area (square miles) - 764.50
Persons under 18 years old - 23.2%
Persons 65 years old and over - 12.4%
Median household income - $40,131
Persons below poverty - 20.7%

Program Highlights

Family & Consumer Sciences
The Family and Consumer Science program in Allen Parish is designed to enhance the lives of individuals and families, strengthen communities and shape the future of Louisiana through research based information. By working with agencies within the parish we provide nutrition programs, child development training, housing information, and financial resource management information.

4-H Youth Development
Allen 4-H 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 were utilized to build a sense of connection among club members, their peers, adult volunteers, leaders, and 4-H faculty. Examples of belongings opportunities are club meetings, various contests, officer training, shooting sports, award trips,
4-H camps, workshops, livestock projects and Junior Leader Club.

Shooting Sports
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 and certified instructors with many volunteers participated in the program.

Agriculture & Natural Resources
Rice and soybean producers are provided with information on fungicide chemicals and insecticide rates and timing of application through e-mails, rice filed days, newsletters, producer meetings, and farm home visits. Recommended pesticide storage, use, transport, and application procedures are taught through re-certification programs for private applicators. Home owners and gardeners are kept informed of LSU recommendations on insect disease and management practices through web sites, farm home visits, newsletters, and bulletins.

4-H and Youth Development
Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR)
Animal Production
Beef Cattle
Horticulture/Lawns and Gardens
Pest Management
Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS)
Nutrition and Health

Who we reach:
2678 - Youth (includes 633 4-H members & 21 school 4-H clubs)
19,589 - Adults
5,952Ag & Natural Resources
1,863 Family Consumer Sciences

How we reach them:
4-H clubs
Home visits
Field days
Web sites
Local media

Local Issues & Plans for this year:
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.

  • Field days, field clinics, and field visits for livestock, crop production and pest management.
  • Commodity production meetings for rice, soybeans, forages and livestock.
  • Farm & home educational visits and on-site demonstrations.
  • Cooperate with Farm Bureau, Cattleman’s Association, Rice Growers Association, FSA, NRCS, LDAF, and Department of Wildlife & Fisheries.

2. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.

  • Service learning will be the focus in our Junior Leadership club along with teaching leadership skills and team building techniques.
  • The topic of club meeting programs for 2011-2012 will be bulling, literacy and character education.
  • Youth will have opportunities to participate in a variety of programs to promote engagement in learning, mastery of a project, and a sense of belonging.
  • 4-Hers will work with caring adults in a safe environment.

3. Strengthen families and communities.

  • Provide nutrition, child development, housing and financial management information to clientele of the parish through phone calls, publications and programs.

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