A corn core variety plot was harvested. Local producers will use production results such as yield and insect tolerance when making planting decisions for the upcoming season.
County agent Jim McCann assisted three hay producers in identifying insects and diseases in their hay meadows which will aide in higher yields.
Agent Jim McCann conducted a training for 21 Caldwell school system employees on pesticide safety and how to apply pesticides around school buildings.
A crawfish producer was assisted with information on how to stock and manage crawfish ponds.
Four Caldwell 4-H youth participated in the LSU State Horse Show in West Monroe, La. Youth learned about showmanship, leadership and nutrition during the horse show.
Eighteen youth participated in the Caldwell Parish Livestock Show. Showmanship, beef and goat characteristics were the focus of the show.4-H
Twenty-six Caldwell parish 4-H'ers along with one volunteer leader, one camp counselor and agents Casey Beavers and Jim McCann attended 4-H Camp at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock, La. 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.
One Caldwell parish 4-H'er along with one camp counselor traveled to L.O.S.T. Camp this summer. The Louisiana Outdoor Science and Technology Camp is an interactive camp where members learn about robotics, the outdoors and technology.
Agents Casey Beavers and Jim McCann traveled to each Caldwell parish school during Sept. to meet with and enroll students in the Caldwell 4-H program and introduce them to the Junior Leader and Fashion, Food and Fitness clubs. The Sept. newsletter was reviewed and the Leaf ID contest was introduced.
One Caldwell 4-H'er along with agent Casey Beavers traveled to Marsh Maneuvers camp. Marsh Maneuvers is an interactive outdoor adventure that teaches students the value of wetlands, the devastation of coastal erosion and marine life that is native to the southern coast of Louisiana.
Eighteen members attended the Caldwell parish 4-H Junior Leader Club Sept. meeting. Students participated in icebreaker activities, were informed of upcoming events and participated in a lesson focusing on goal setting.SNAP-Ed
During the Caldwell parish school system's Summer Feeding Program at Union Central Elementary and Caldwell Parish High School, one hundred students and parents learned about eating healthy meals. Nutrition lessons, food demonstrations and food samples were available for the participants. Nutrition lessons included MyPlate, Smart Choices Portion Control and Smart Choices Healthy Snacks.
Four hundred twenty students from Caldwell Head Start, Caldwell Pre-Kindergarten Center, Grayson and Union Central elementary schools learned about staying healthy during the school year by preventing the spread of germs through proper hand washing techniques.
The Traveling Kitchen came to Caldwell Head Start in Sept. Four active participants, all parents of Head Start children, attended the five sessions and learned valuable kitchen skills which included knife skills, how to budget food dollars, how to make a meal with only five ingredients, using beans as a protein and food safety. The class participated in hands-on activities and food demonstrations presented by nutrition educator Tammy Tarver. After all five sessions were completed, each participant received a tote with kitchen supplies, a cookbook and skill sheets from the lessons.
The Caldwell Council on Aging and Express Medical Staffing clients received nutrition lessons on MyPlate Combination Foods, Focus on Fruits and Switch to Skim or 1% Milk.