Kevin Savoie | 2/13/2010 2:59:43 AM
You can access a PDF version of the Cameron Parish Profile below.
Family & Consumer Sciences
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Ike, FCS programs have been focused on helping families rebuild “Safer, Stronger and Smarter.” Each year a home tour is held and highlights 3 or more homes rebuilt after the storms that are acceptable models for hurricane resistant construction and energy efficiency. Plans are in progress to rebuild the Cameron Parish Extension Office, appropriately named the “Chenier House” which will also serve as a living exhibit for hurricane resistant construction in extreme coastal regions.
4-H Youth Development
With the help of 55 volunteer leaders, the Cameron Parish 4-H Youth Development Program fosters life skill development in parish youth.
This year, 337 Cameron Parish youth enrolled in 9 traditional 4-H clubs supported by 5 project clubs to build personal skills in communication, teamwork, leadership and management. Pro-ject clubs include the Cal-Cam Horse, ATV Safety, Shooting Sports, Fishing Sports and Cameron Parish Jr. Leadership.
The Cameron Parish Youth Development Program provides a diversity of opportunities for youth and adult volunteers to make a difference in their lives and that of their communities. Young people acquire valuable knowledge and life skills through participation in local, parish, state and national pro-grams.
We are flexible in offering many opportunities for youth and family participation including 4-H afterschool workshops, variety of overnight camps, livestock shows, shooting sports trainings and competitions, and service learning projects.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Parish County Agent and Sea Grant Agent conduct programs :
Assist local commercial fishermen and seafood busi-nesses to improve and sustain seafood production in the region worth $18,908,575.(ex-vessel value)
Since the hurricanes of 2005 and 2008, have assisted hundreds of local fishermen in receiving disaster assis-tance through state and federal programs.
Train local agriculture producers, homeowners, and pub-lic works employees in pesticide certification.
Sponsor workshops dealing with the latest research based information on beef cattle and forage production.
Who we reach:
337 - Youth (4-H members, 9 school 4-H clubs and 5 project clubs)
1250 - Adults 1180 Ag & Natural Resources
70 4-H Volunteers
How we reach them:
Expanding our efforts:
70 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community, Shooting Sports, Fish-ing Sports.
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on fisheries, wildlife, renewable natural resources and animal enterprises to Cameron Parish clien-tele. The 2008 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana AgSummary website: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary.
Population - 7238
Land area (square miles) - 1313
Persons under 18 years old - 20.7%
Persons 65 years old and over - 11.8%
Local Issues & Plans for this year:
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
4. Strengthen families and communities