Catahoula Parish Profile 2012

Ashley Powell  |  3/14/2012 6:47:49 PM

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Program Highlights

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.

Who we reach:

703 Youth in organized clubs (includes 11 school 4-H clubs)
1016 Adults

How we reach them:

4-H clubs, Class series, School enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Web sites, Publications, Social media

Expanding our efforts:

56 Volunteers - 4-H & FCS programming

Parish Facts:

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:

  • Plant enterprises - $66,367,562
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $4,275,044
  • Animal enterprises - $4,73,497

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary website:
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:

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Conduct annual crop production meeting
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits
  • Conduct on farm variety trials
  • Write news articles, circular letters, web page content on agriculture practices

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

  • Grow healthy students, active leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
  • Provide opportunities to learn more about healthy lifestyles through hands-on workshops
  • Jr. Leaders exhibit leadership skills by planning and conducting Achievement Day, and by assisting younger youth at parish events.
  • Participation in service learning projects, such as Relay For Life and “Can Fight Hunger”

3. Strengthen families and communities

  • Conduct training for families on improving health through nutrition and exercise
  • Conduct in-home parenting classes which teach developmentally appropriate child care practices to new mothers
  • Facilitate Children in the Middle training which prepares divorcing parents for the emotional and financial challenges of parenting after divorce
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