Beauregard Parish Profile

About the LSU AgCenter

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.

Program Highlights

4-H Youth Development

Parish 4-H programming is conducted through the direction of an advisory process. Through this process Personal Development and Life Skills seen as a key issue. County 4-H Agent utilized a lesson study topic of Character-Now to present a series of lessons related to Goal Setting, Self-identity, Communication, Teamwork, Motivation and Feelings and values was presented live in a club setting with reflection information included in newsletters and posted on leader Google Classroom page. Clover bud lessons related to Agriculture in Louisiana was presented to youth 4-8 years of age to help teach about various Louisiana Agriculture commodities and encourage 4-H program participation. Adulting lessons are taught to our Parish teen Junior Leadership club.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

In 2023, The Master Gardener program had its 14th class in person with 17 students from Beauregard & Vernon Parishes. MGs also provided leadership by presenting its Garden Forum and by participating at the Parish Fair and National Night Out in DeRidder. Landowners continue to attend workshops about the safe use of prescribed fire as a management tool. In May 2023, 32 people successfully completed training to be state Certified Burn Managers. Beekeeping classes resumed after five years, and 26 adults and two youth enrolled. These classes were held at the Rosepine [Extension] Station.

Family & Consumer Services

Nutrition is important at every point in life. Efforts in nutrition programming continue to address obesity and the other chronic diseases associated with it. The overall goal is for healthy lifestyle changes for a healthier population.

Whom We Reach:

  • 8,505 youth (includes 465 4-H members with twenty-one school 4-H Clubs currently meeting live)
  • 24,901 adults (3,548 through agriculture and natural resources)

How We Reach Them:

4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, website, social media, and workshops.

Expanding Our Efforts:

150 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners, family and community.

Parish Facts:

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife, and animal enterprises to Beauregard Parish residents. The 2018 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Animal enterprises, $11,787,048.
  • Aquaculture and wildlife, $2,295,902.
  • Plant enterprises, $66,830,222.
  • Population - 35,654
  • Land area (acres) - 755,772
  • Persons under 18 years old - 19.7%
  • Persons 65 years old and over - 12.9%
  • Median household income - $46,385
  • Persons below poverty - 16.8%

Local Issues & Plans for this year

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture

  • Continue Master Gardener classes
  • Garden Forum on vegetables, ornamental plants, hazard trees and introduced pests; to construct greenhouse
  • Continue to write Root, Fruits, Shoots & Flowers column based on questions gardeners and homeowners send to extension agent
  • Resume participation in Beauregard Parish Fair and bring educational material and to sign up potential MG students

2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment

  • Deliver annual Forestry Forum to forest landowners and to professional foresters
  • Continue to bring prescribed burning workshops and to grow a pool of trained Certified Burn Managers
  • Make site visits to evaluate hazard trees on both public and private landscapes, especially after recent hurricane events

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development

  • Through various methods; reach youth and parents through social media as well as traditional personal meetings with assistance of volunteers; provide educational lessons related to enhance Life Skills through Personal Development topics
  • Through club activities; teach youth the importance of being a good leader and prepare them to perform their 4-H Club membership duties while teaching Life Skills in various 4-H educational activities
  • Through efforts of 4-H volunteers, continue gardening educational activities to help youth increased their knowledge of gardening & plant propagation and learn about healthy living
  • Through the Advisory process; continue conducting timely 4-H club educational programs and Field Day activities to meet the 4-H youth development needs

How is Extension Funded?

  • Federal funding from the USDA/ NIFA
  • State general funds from the Louisiana Legislature
  • Local support from parish government, including police juries and school boards
  • Self-generated funds

What Role Do You Play?

Our stakeholders at the parish level are the local supporters and beneficiaries of the LSU AgCenter cooperative extension programs. Their support keeps these critical programs in their communities.

Each Parish Offers Programming In:

  • 4-H and Youth Development
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Family and Consumer Sciences

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Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

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