Second Quarter Report 2011

Jimmy Mccann, Johnston, Casey, Pilcher, Dr. Cynthia F., Tarver, Tammy  |  8/8/2011 9:43:09 PM


Twenty-five homeowners learned about lawn and garden pesticide and fertilizer recommendations.

Four hay and forage producers were assisted with grass varieties.

A pesticide handler program was presented to Caldwell Parish Police Jury road maintenance employees.

Four Caldwell 4-H'ers attended the Northeast District Horse Show to compete in demonstrations, speed and performance events and showmanship activities.

County agent Jim McCann is monitoring a corn variety plot growing in this parish. Producers will use plot results such as yield, fertilizer requirements, pest and disease resistance in making variety decisions for the upcoming year.


During monthly 4-H club meetings, approximately 400 4-H youth were reached with a variety of educational topics on forestry, row crops and other areas of agriculture in Caldwell Parish and Louisiana.

The 4-H Junior Leader Club consists of 40 youth in grades 7 through 12 and meets monthly. Members assist agents in executing parish contests and events and have the opportunity to participate in regional and state meetings. Eight Caldwell members and agents Casey Johnston and Jim McCann attended TEAM Camp at the Outdoor Wilderness Learning Center in Dubach. The youth participated in activities that involved team building, problem solving, decision making, communication skills and conflict resolution. Ten Caldwell Junior Leaders helped with Farm Safety Day by providing leadership to groups of students and teachers.

Agents Jim McCann and Casey Johnston held a 4-H Fishing Clinic where 30 4-H'ers had the opportunity to learn about aquatic safety and compete in the "Most Fish Caught" and "Biggest Fish Caught" contests.

Agents Jim McCann, Cynthia Pilcher and Casey Johnston recognized and awarded numerous 4-H'ers and 4-H leaders during the annual 4-H Awards Night. Approximately 150 4-H'ers, parents and local officials were in attendance.

Twelve Caldwell Parish 4-H'ers along with volunteer leaders and agents Jim McCann and Casey Johnston traveled to Baton Rouge to participate in 4-H Day at the Capitol. 4-H'ers had the opportunity to tour the state capitol and meet Sen. Neil Riser.

Fifty Caldwell Parish 4-H'ers along with volunteer leaders and agents Jim McCann and Casey Johnston attended 4-H Camp at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock. 4-H Camp offers opportunities for members to appreciate the outdoors, live together as a group, get along with others and appreciate people with different backgrounds.

Seven youth in grades 8 through 12 and one adult leader along with agents Cynthia Pilcher, Jim McCann and Casey Johnston attended 4-H University on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. Jade Pilcher won first alternate in the Fashion Revue Creative Choice contest. Keva Powell blue ribboned in the 4-H Has Talent contest. Bobbie Rae Butler was elected Northeast regional representative on the 4-H State Executive Board.

Family Nutrition Program

During the Caldwell Parish Junior High School girls' physical education classes, 83 girls went on a field trip to the grocery store and learned how to make "Thrifty Choices" by planning a week's worth of meals in advance using the weekly grocery store sales paper and food already in their pantries.

Clients of the Caldwell Council on Aging enjoyed playing "What's Cooking" during their nutritional lessons on making "Thrifty Choices." The 30 participants learned how to use their commodities, grocery store inserts and food already in their pantries to plan meals.

During recent visits to Express Medical Staffing Services, 12 clients and support staff learned about "Thrifty Choices," "Portion Control" and "Healthy Snacks" from the Smart Choices curriculum.

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