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.
The Avoyelles Parish 4-H Youth Development Program is focused on growing the youth of our parish. With 20 school clubs, a Home school 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 1,000 acres planted in 8 different commodities. Crops grown include soybeans, sugarcane, corn, rice, wheat, cotton, sweet potatoes and grain sorghum. Avoyelles Parish also includes animal and aquaculture enterprises such as beef cattle, crawfish and apiaries. Famers 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.
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 2018 total dollar amount from these commodities were: Animal enterprises, $16,096,153; Aquaculture and Wildlife, $16,035,007; Plant Enterprises, $90,116,570.
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 in the LSU AgCenter extension programs. Just 20% support keeps these programs in your community. Your parish extension office offers programs in:
LSU AgCenter State Appropriated Funds for FY 2019-2020: