Bienville Parish Profile 2015

Carol Lynch, Uzzle, Linda D. (Diane), Lynn, Elizabeth  |  6/13/2016 9:06:14 PM

Parish Facts

Population - 13,885
Land area (square miles) - 811.27
Persons under 18 years old - 23.3%
Persons 65 years old and over - 18.9%
Median household income - $31,543
Persons below poverty - 26.9%

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Bienville Parish clientele. The 2014 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

Plant enterprises - $56,072,555
Aquaculture and wildlife - $2,617,615
Animal enterprises - $31,789,150

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary
Web site:

Who We Reach
7,732 - Youth (includes 470 4-H members & 18 clubs)
1,283 - Adults

How we reach them:
4-H Clubs Class Series
School Enrichment Demonstrations
Field Days Workshops
Newsletters Web Sites
Publications Social Media

Expanding our efforts:
138 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community, Master Horsemen

Program Highlights

Family, Nutrition and Health

“Let’s Eat for the Health of It”, was the curriculum selected for adults and third graders in the SNAP-Ed program. The program is based on the latest scientific research about food and physical ctivity. The curriculum encourages students to build a healthy plate; cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt; eat the right amount of calories; and be physically active in an enjoyable way. Through pre & post assessments, this program made a significant impact with youth learning about the importance of eating healthy.

The LSU AgCenter and Bienville Parish Police Jury’s Jurors Empowering Teens Program (JET) continued this year with additional funding by Bienville Parish School Board. JET is a one month work study program that provides a valuable first employment experience and focuses on the development of financial management skills, character education, and workforce preparedness for students. This year 15 youth were selected to participate. Through pre & post assessments students showed a 24% increase in knowledge in financial literacy and a 14% increase in workforce preparedness. All teens were successful in exploring careers as they learned new skills by working in businesses and organizations throughout the parish.

4-H Youth Development

Bienville Parish 4-H focused on character education in FY 2014-2015. Lesson topics included: responsibility, integrity, citizenship, loyalty, courage, caring, empathy, respect, relationships, fairness, trustworthiness and forgiveness. Youth indicated these topics were important to help them build a positive reputation, create positive relationships with others, earn trust and respect, keep them safe, know the right things to say, and help them to be more employable. Each group emphasized that these lessons taught the golden rule of treating others the way you want to be treated.

Service Learning was conducted through a classroom setting with 7th grade English students. They evaluated their community and chose to conduct a project on hunger. Through their efforts of raising money and conducting a food drive, they were able to collect over 750 food items and $500. They used these donations to restock the local food bank and support local families. Youth indicated during the evaluation they believe they can make a difference in their community.

Agriculture & Natural Resources
The county agent conducted pesticide recertification and worker protection standard meetings for producers and homeowners. The Youth Livestock Club and Shooting Sports programs had great participation and some of the students have placed in 4-H State competitions. Our office has continued to work with local homeowners and businesses to address horticultural and lawn issues.

Benville Parish Profile

August 2015

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

1. Family, Nutrition and Health

For youth to increase financial literacy and workforce preparedness knowledge and skills to make positive lifestyle changes and choices similar to those faced by adults on a daily basis through the “Living Your Financial Experience” curriculum.

For youth and adult clientele to Increase knowledge and make positive behavior changes through research-based nutrition education by participating in the nutrition and healthy lifestyle programs.

For youth to learn about eating healthy and taking care of their bodies through the 21st Century After School Enrichment Program.

2. 4-H Youth & Family Development

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development programs.

Develop and implement a service learning project.

Conduct series of 6 lessons on personal and digital communication skills at 4-H Club Meetings.

Host parish wide Educational Achievement Day.

Build leadership through youth led club meetings and projects.

Teach teens workforce preparedness through the Jurors (and Schools) Empowering Teens Program.

Teach life skills through various camping opportunities.

3. Agriculture & Natural Resources:

Pesticide re-certification meetings

Worker Protection Standard classes

Youth Livestock Club programs

August 2015

*Local funding
Parish Consolidated Government
Bienville Parish School Board
Bienville Parish Police Jury

Bienville Parish Extension Office

Address: 2710 Maple St.
Arcadia, LA 71001

Phone: 318-263-7400
Fax: 318-263-7427

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

Diane Uzzle
Parish Chair
Extension Agent—Nutrition
4-H, Youth and Family

Elizabeth Lynn
Extension Agent
4-H, Youth and Family

Carol Lynch
Administrative Coordinator


•4-H Youth Development
Science, Engineering & Technology

•Family, Nutrition and Health
Let’s Eat for the Health of It/Youth & Adult
Smart Portions
Smart Bodies/Body Walk
Family Nutrition Night
Happy Healthy Me
Show Me Nutrition

•Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR)
Horticulture/Lawns & Gardens
Pest Management

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