Cameron Parish Profile

Kevin Savoie  |  2/13/2010 2:59:43 AM

You can access a PDF version of the Cameron Parish Profile below.

Program Highlights

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:
4-H clubs
Class series
School Enrichment
Field days
Web sites
Social media

Expanding our efforts:
70 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community, Shooting Sports, Fish-ing Sports.

Parish Facts:
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:

  •  Plant enterprises - $10,850,189
  • Fish and Wildlife Resources $22,614,248
  • Animal enterprises - $6,758,841

Data from the Louisiana AgSummary website:
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.

  • Calcasieu Oyster Initiative has boosted harvest from 17 thousand sacks in “02-?03 to over 63 thousand sacks in „08-?09.
  • Numerous workshops and meetings have assisted hundreds of local ag producers and fishermen in receiving disaster assistance through state and federal programs.
  • Write news columns, web page content, and seminars on renew-able natural resources.
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits.

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

  • Conduct trainings and make recommendations on the proper and safe use of pesticides.
  • Collected and organized plantings of Louisiana irises in coastal areas where it has been wiped out by storm surges.
  • Beef cattle and forage.

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

  • 4-H members will develop, implement and participate in service learning projects all through the parish.
  • 4-H members, adult leaders and agents will work together to de-velop mentoring programs through the parish 4-H program.
  • Agents will develop and present environmental programs focused on provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for making wise decisions about stewardship of the Earth and under-standing the costs and trade-offs of these environmental choices.

4. Strengthen families and communities

  • FNP clients will receive training on feeding their families nutritionally on a budget.
  • Conduct workshops on disaster preparedness, Grab and Go Boxes, storm clean-up and house cleaning after a storm.
  • Teach classes on reducing credit balances and examining spending habits.
  • Facilitate working committees which work in cooperation with fisheries management agen-cies in setting harvest and season regulations.
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