Ashley Powell | 3/14/2012 6:47:49 PM
Family & Consumer Sciences
Nutrition programs, such as Smart Choices and others, provide research-based information to help individuals and families increase their nutrition knowledge, gain skills in healthy food preparation, and improve eating and activity habits in order to live a healthy lifestyle. The issue of childhood obesity has been adopted as a major initiative of the LSU AgCenter. Programs such as Family Nutrition Night and Smart Bodies address this issue and promote healthy lifestyles through hands-on educational activities for children, parents and caregivers. The Germ Cave exhibit is used to teach proper hand washing to prevent foodborne illness and the spread of germs.
4-H Youth Development
To better prepare our youth for the ever-changing world of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET), the focus of 4-H this year addressed this area. Educational programs delving into Science, Engineering & Technology been taught monthly. To address the epidemic of childhood obesity, four of these programs also related to Healthy Living. Youth also participated in the 4-H Pet Show and 4-H Cookery held during the 4-H Fun Fest. Youth also gave back to their community by participating in service-learning projects throughout the year, including 4-H CAN Fight Hunger and spending time with the residents of a local nursing home. Youth also continue to participate in the livestock programs offered through 4-H.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
The production of row crops is a major economic stimulus to the Catahoula parish economy. Farm variety tests, soybean verification trials, rice verification trials, soybean fungicide trials along with insecticide test are done with parish farmers. These tests are vital in the support of this agriculture industry. Local residents are also supplied with the latest recommendations on home gardens and lawns. An annual crop production meeting is held for local farmers and agricultural workers.
703 Youth in organized clubs (includes 11 school 4-H clubs)
4-H clubs, Class series, School enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Web sites, Publications, Social media
56 Volunteers - 4-H & FCS programming
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Catahoula Parish clientele. The 2010 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary website: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population - 10,407
Land area (square miles) - 708.03
Persons under 18 years old - 22.6%
Persons 65 years old and over - 14.4%
Median household income - $29,892
Persons below poverty - 24.6%
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau website: Quickfacts.census.gov
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
2. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
3. Strengthen families and communities