Concordia Parish Profile

About the AgCenter

The LSU AgCenter provides innovative research, information, and education to improve people’s lives. Working in a statewide network of parish extension offices, research stations and academic departments, the LSU AgCenter helps Louisiana citizens make the best use of natural resources, protect the environment, enhance agricultural enterprises, and develop human and community resources.

Family and Consumer Sciences

Concordia Parish falls above the Louisiana state average in health data including stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Over 37% of our Louisiana children are reported as obese. We are at a critical point in educating our youth and adult population on the risks of unhealthy lifestyles. Nutrition education is provided through FCS agents in the forms of classes, workshops, social media, and local outreach through promoting physical activity. Education focuses on eating a balanced diet, exercise, budgeting, and food safety.

4-H Youth Development

This year’s programming is focusing on a multidisciplinary approach. Key areas of programming are Healthy Living Set and Leadership. Project clubs include, shooting sports, livestock, and Jr. Leaders. 4-H youth are engaged in livestock programming, including beef, swine, goats, poultry, rabbits, and horses. Opportunities for all youth and adult volunteers are provided throughout the year, including summer and specialty camps, virtual programming, contests, scholarships, and community service. This year, club and school enrichment lessons on SET and healthy living were taught to 19 clubs. Volunteer development efforts involve recruitment, training, and support of adult and teen volunteers to increase involvement and ownership of parish programming.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Concordia is a major agriculture parish that produces cotton, corn, soybeans, wheat, grain sorghum, rice, and sugar cane. Core block variety demonstrations are conducted on farms within the parish to provide variety performance data to help producers make the best decisions during planting. In addition to row crop research, we also collaborate with homeowners to solve their issues. Also, every year we provide a pesticide recertification meeting within the parish to our private applicators.

Whom We Reach:

  • Youth (includes 500 4-H members and 19 4-H Clubs)
  • 24,901 adults (3,000 through agriculture and natural resources and 9,000 through family consumer sciences)

How We Reach Them:

4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, local newspaper, publications, newsletters, class series, website, social media, YouTube, podcast, and workshops.

Expanding Our Efforts:

150 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners, Master Cattlemen, Master Farmers, Family and Community.

Parish Facts:

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife, and animal enterprises to Concordia Parish residents. The total dollar amount from these commodities were: Animal enterprises, $2,576,245; plant enterprises, $79,420,704: fisheries & wildlife enterprises, $2,752,511. Land area — 696.92 square miles; Population —18,687; Population under 18 years old — 23.7%; Population 65 years old and over — 17.8%; Median household income — $32,500; Persons below poverty — 27.5%

Local Issues and Plans for This Year:

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture.

  • Plan regional soybean meeting
  • Teach pesticide safety and offer parish recertification
  • Write news columns, film YouTube content and podcast on agriculture practices
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits

Strengthen families and Communities.

  • Conduct nutrition programming in underserved communities including cooking demonstrations.
  • Working with SNAP eligible clients on budgeting and utilizing commodity- based foods in healthful recipes.
  • Assisting local farmers on increasing participation in farmers markets and how to accept senior farmers market vouchers as well as SNAP benefits.
  • Partnering with local schools to increase physical activity in and outside of school and how to increase healthy food choices within school.

4-H Youth Development

Educational focus on SET in monthly 4-H Club meetings and Healthy Living in School Enrichment Programming. Promotion and encouragement of 4-H clubs to conduct service-learning projects. -Increase recruitment of teen leaders through Junior Leader Club, school, parish, district, and state level experiences. -Volunteer recruitment, training, support, and recognition. -Career awareness programming with teens.

Extension Funding FY 2021-2022

How we are funded

You are the local supporters and beneficiaries of the LSU AgCenter extension programs. Your support keeps these programs in your communities.

Your parish extension office offers programs in:

  • Sustaining Louisiana agriculture, forestry, and fisheries.
  • Building leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development.
  • Family, nutrition, and health to enhance the quality of life for Louisiana’s citizens.

LSU AgCenter State Appropriated Funds for FY 2021-2022:

  • State General Direct: 77.25%
  • Federal Funds: 12.57%
  • Self-Generated: 6.58%
  • Statutory Dedications: 3.6%

For the latest research-based information on just about anything, visit our website: LSUAgCenter.com

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture

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