The LSU AgCenter is dedicated to providing innovative research, information and education to improve people’s lives. Working in a unique 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.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the prevalence of obesity among children aged 10 to 17 years is 34.9 % in Louisiana. In Louisiana, 1/3 of school aged children n are obese. Therefore, it is important to educate young people on the importance of making healthful food choices and being physically active daily.Moreover, by providing youth with the skills to incorporate healthful lifestyle choices; they can share the knowledge and behavioral practices with their families. During the 2018-2019 school year, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) in East Baton Rouge Parish conducted the youth nutrition education program to 6,500 youth. The programs were conducted weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, during school, after school and during summer programs. Youth participants learned to make healthy food choices, read food labels, and understand the importance of diet and physical activity through a series of nutrition education classes. As a result, during the 2018-2019 school year, 44 % of the students improved their abilities to choose foods according to the Federal Dietary Recommendations and gained knowledge.
Horticultural related concerns continue to play a major role in the agricultural industry in East Baton Rouge Parish. During 2018- 2019, consumers were reached dealing with horticultural issue such as plant selection and planting, pest control for plants, fruiting trees and shrubs, vegetable gardens, disease identification, and landscape issues.Throughout the year clientele gained knowledge through meetings, workshops, library series, weekly news columns, demonstrations and home visits.
There are currently 161 active trained Master Gardeners in East Baton Rouge who assist with outreach on consumer horticultural practices. Programs include environmental improvement activities, community and school garden programs, and public horticulture events. Participants in the Master Gardner program provided over 11,000 volunteer hours making over 96,600 contacts with East Baton Rouge Parish residents. The economic impact of the volunteer efforts of the Master Gardeners totals approximately $253,770.
7,505 – Youth (includes 1005–4-H members, 32 school 4-H clubs, 6,500 school enrichment, Smart Choices, Character Development, 4-H University, 4-H Camp, Challenge Camp, Lost Camp.)
Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, website,
demonstrations, social media and workshops.
volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners, family and community and Master
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to East Baton Rouge Parish clientele.The 2018 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
You are the local supporters and beneficiaries in the LSU AgCenter extension programs. Just 20% support keeps these programs in your community. Your parish extension office offers programs in:
LSU AgCenter State Appropriated Funds for FY 2019-2020: