County agent Jim McCann
worked with local forage producers to help them improve their hay operations. They learned the two most important aspects for successful production are soil sampling and correct use of pesticides.
Thirty-one beef cattle producers learned about animal identification and federal programs that can assist them in their farming operations.
Five Caldwell 4-H'ers attended the Louisiana State Fair Livestock Show in Shreveport to exhibit their poultry, beef cattle and goats.
Agent Jim McCann recruited four new Shooting Sports leaders to help with the 4-H Shooting Sports project in Caldwell parish.
Over 500 youth and adults visited the 4-H mini-farm and children's area where they learned about domestic animals and craft safety during the annual Louisiana Art and Folk Festival.
Three hundred fifty 4-H youth learned about garden safety and how to prevent accidents when using garden tools during a hands-on gardening demonstration conducted by agent Jim McCann.4-H
During monthly 4-H Club meetings, youth were reached with several different safety programs presented by 4-H agent Casey Beavers: 228 youth in grades four through six participated in educational presentations about home alone safety and garden safety; 105 youth in grades seven through 12 participated in safety presentations concerning cyber bullying, Internet safety and weather safety.
The Fashion, Food and Fitness Club for grades four through six has a membership of 14. This club has monthly meetings and has participated in experiential learning activities including a MyPlate nutrition lesson, scarf tying and an activity about the sugar content in food.
The 4-H Junior Leadership Club has a current enrollment of 26. This group helped with the Children's Tent at the Louisiana Art and Folk Festival in October where they were responsible for face painting and helping children with painting and sand box projects. Junior Leaders also made 26 Christmas boxes for selected youth at Columbia Elementary school to brighten their holidays. Members were responsible for selecting age appropriate gifts and toys for this community service project. Junior Leaders also sold tickets for a hamburger lunch fundraiser for the Caldwell 4-H Foundation. Some of these funds will be designated to assist 4-H'ers attending 4-H University this summer.
Numerous 4-H members participated in parish contests. 4-H'ers entered 124 dishes in the Fall Foods Festival; 33 4-H'ers participated in the Consumer Foods Judging contest. First place dish winners will compete in the area contest on Mar. 6, 2012. Eighteen members submitted 36 garments in the Fashion Revue contest. Contestants were judged on clothing construction, appearance and Ready-To-Wear choices. Seventeen contestants also competed in Consumer Decision Making, a new category added this year. One hundred two entries were submitted for the Leaf Identification contest. Twenty-nine entries were submitted for the Photography Contest. Corporate sponsors have been secured for all 4-H contests this year affording the opportunity to present cash awards and savings bonds to 4-H winners.Family Nutrition Program
Eighty-five Caldwell Parish Junior High School girls learned about the importance of being physically active during a lesson from "Eat for the Health of It" presented by nutrition educator Tammy Tarver. Students learned how to balance calorie intake and physical activity which gave them the knowledge to make healthier food choices and different ideas to become more active.
Students at Caldwell Parish Head Start, the Pre-kindergarten Center and Union Central Elementary school learned about nutrition through the USDA MyPlate curriculum. These 225 students learned the importance of eating nutritious foods, sampled food from the grain, fruit and vegetable groups, read books and saw different types of foods in each food group.
The Caldwell Council on Aging, Caldwell Housing Authority and Express Medical Staffing Services clients learned about hidden sugars and fat found in food and learned to make healthy meals at home with less fat and sugar.