The LSU AgCenter is dedicated to providing innovative research, information and education to improve people’s lives. Working in a 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.
According to the Louisiana Department of Health, Avoyelles
Parish has an obesity prevalence of 45.2% and 11.9% of the population has
Diabetes, both higher than the national average. The FCS programs offered
through the LSU AgCenter focus on teaching people in the community about
healthy eating, the importance of physical activity, and how to create healthy
habits. Break Up with Salt is a hypertension prevention and management program
that concentrates on dietary and physical activity approaches to hypertension
prevention and management. It is a 4-week program that teaches healthy eating
using MyPlate food groups, proper portions sizes and understanding of diet and
high blood pressure correla
The Avoyelles Parish 4-H Youth Development Program is
focused on growing the youth of our parish. With 20 school clubs, a homeschool
club, a strong shooting sports program, junior leader club and large livestock
program, as well as a parish wide Clover Buds club, we are reaching youth in
all parts of our parish. This year, our
programming focuses on healthy social and emotional development in our youth,
addressing topics such as bullying, inclusion, manners, good decision making,
leadership and positive peer relations.
Avoyelles Parish is home to one of the most diverse agriculture production areas in the Southern Region, with over 100 acres planted in 8 different commodities and includes animal and aquaculture enterprises. Farmers rely on research-based information to ensure successful operations. Therefore, the Avoyelles Parish LSU AgCenter hosts annual production meetings where scientist present information critical to increasing production while optimizing profitability. Crop demonstration trials are implemented to give farmers firsthand experiences in variety performance, pest management techniques, and cultural practices to enhance their profitability.
8592 HWY 1, Suite 1
Mansura, LA 71350
8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
4,580 youth (includes 1,250 4-H members in 20 schools 4-H and Project Clubs) 3100 adults (includes agriculture and natural resources and program volunteers)
4-H clubs, school enrichment, demonstrations, field days, workshops, newspaper articles, websites, publications, social media, email updates, radio programs, group meeting and text messaging.
120 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family and Community, Master Cattleman, and Master Farmer.
LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife, and animal enterprises to Avoyelles Parish residents. The 2020 total dollar amount from these commodities were: Animal enterprises, $21,098,436; Aquaculture and Wildlife, $8,139,711; Plant Enterprises, $102,453,689.
Land area — 832.43 square miles; Population — 40,462; Population under 18 years old — 23.6%; Population 65 years old and over — 16.9%; Median household income — $36,763; Persons below poverty — 24.6%
You are the local supporters and beneficiaries of the LSU AgCenter extension programs. Your support keeps these programs in your communities.
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For the latest research-based information on just about anything, visit our website: LSUAgCenter.com