Parish Profile

Calcasieu ParishAgCenter Profile 2019-2020

About the LSU AgCenter

The LSU AgCenter is dedicated to providing innovative research, information and education to improve people’s lives. Working in a unique 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

Family & Consumer Sciences

Over 1,000 families and school youth participate in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) which helps participants to make healthier food choices, manage food dollars and increase physical activities, which leads to decrease risk for chronic diseases and decrease level of obesity. LSU/SU Ag Center provides a direct and proven pathway of success and more conscious awareness to the interaction between parent and child by conducting Parenting Classes for 872 families.

4-H Youth Development

Over 1540 youth gained knowledge & skills in SET Educational programs through six monthly 4-H club meetings. 950 youth learned skills in health and nutrition during Smart Bodies program & Body Walk. Organized school gardens at local inter-city school to give youth hands-on experience in gardening and nutrition. Over 1,500 youth participated in “Youth Wetlands Education Program”. 78 youth gained leadership & citizenships skills by participating in a service-learning project focused on helping the elderly in our community. Over 300 youth participated in Gun Safety and marksmanship training with the 4-H shooting sports program.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Over 3750 garden and landscape participants attended the annual Southwest Louisiana Garden Festival with 846 attending 11 horticulture lectures during the two day event. 95 Local farmers attended production and management meetings for rice and soybeans. Conducted rice verification demonstration farm plot to assist local farmers with up-to-date management techniques. Taught BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) training to 30 local cattle producers to become certified. Conducted insect management workshop for 45 home owners and individuals to be able to identify and control insects in lawns, gardens and homes.

Who we reach.

  • 21, 714 - Youth (includes 1,540 4-H members & 59 school 4-H clubs)
  • 15,240 - Adults (8,687 Ag & Natural Resources & 6,553 Family Consumer Sciences)

How we reach them:

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

Expanding our efforts:

367 volunteers from 4-H (231), Master Gardeners (96), Family and Community and Master Horseman.

Parish Facts

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

Plant enterprises: $15, 981,101 Population - 108,576
Aquaculture and wildlife: $62,205,891 Persons under 18 years old - 26.8%
Animal enterprises: $1,995,973 Land area (square miles) - 1,254.93
Persons under 18 years old - 26.8% Persons 65 years old and over - 10.8%
Median household income - $44,235 Persons below poverty - 17.7%

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Conduct commodity producer meetings and field days.
  • Use mail, email distributions, web page, newsletters and news media to disseminate timely information.
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits
  • Conduct on-farm demonstrations.
  • Work closely with commodity and farm organizations.

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

  • Conduct Master Farmer and Cattleman programs to increase producer’s sustainability in agriculture.
  • Continue to assist pond owners with good management techniques to increase water quality.

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

  • Develop and implement service-learning projects.
  • Continue to develop leadership opportunities for youth
  • Junior Leaders will focus monthly on service related organizations to learn about and volunteer service.
  • Re-establish parish Achievement day with educational workshops as the focus.

4. Strengthen families and communities

  • Market Family Nutrition and Health programs in the primary focus areas – Family Development and Nutrition, Diet and Health.
  • Conduct monthly nutrition education programs for families and youth and Family Nutrition Nights
  • Collaborate with local agencies to promote healthy communities with focusing on health behaviors.

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture