East Carroll Parish Profile

About the LSU AgCenter

The LSU AgCenter is dedicated to providing 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.

Program Highlights

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS)

The FCS program of Southern University is research-based and provides programs such as Family Financial Management, Conflict Resolution, Health & Wellness, Families First Nutrition Education Wellness System (FFNEWS) and Parenting. These programs disseminate information to the citizens of Louisiana in a manner that is useful in addressing their technological, social economic and cultural needs. Parents can prepare for success when they develop knowledge and skills in family life and money management.

4-H Youth Development

The East Carroll Parish Youth Development Program provides diverse 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 programs. We offer many opportunities for youth and family participation, including 4-H workshops, overnight camps, community service and service-learning activities, project trainings, age appropriate competitions and many other fun and educational activities throughout the year.

Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR)

ANR programs are designed to bring LSU research-based information to Ag producers in the areas of row crop agriculture, forestry, aquaculture, and cattle production and to homeowners in the areas of home gardening and lawn care. The most common form of education includes variety trials for all the crops grown in East Carroll Parish, verification trials and workshops addressing in-season issues. Homeowners can attend Louisiana Master Gardener classes to further their education or contact the horticulture agent with issues. Further information is delivered via newsletters, email, on-farm visits, telephone calls and newspaper articles. Worker Protection standards are provided for farm workers yearly.

Whom we reach:

6,183 youth (includes 200 4-H members and 7 school 4-H Clubs)

14,995 adults through agriculture and natural resources and family and consumer sciences

How we reach them:

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

Expanding our efforts:

27 volunteers from Master Gardeners, 214 adults and 1,330 youth from family and community, and 11,577 adults and 1,539 youth from ANR.

Parish Facts:

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to East Carroll Parish residents. The total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Animal enterprises - $2,056,781
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $49,527
  • Plant enterprises - $110,888,854
  • Land area — 420.70 square miles
  • Population —6,861
  • Population under 18 years old — 23.9%
  • Population 65 years old and over — 15.3%
  • Median household income — $21,161
  • Persons below poverty — 45.7%

Local issues and plans for this year

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture.

  • Write news columns, web page content and seminars on agriculture and horticultural practices.
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits.
  • Conduct variety and related on-farm demonstrations.
  • Conduct Worker Protection Standards training.

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

  • Develop and implement service-learning projects throughout the parish.

Strengthen families and communities.

  • Conduct parenting education sessions to build family management/resiliency skills.
  • Conduct monthly nutrition education programs for families and youth.
  • Distribute nutrition fact sheets for Food for Seniors, commodity distribution site.

Click the link to download a printable copy: East Carroll Parish Profile 2020pdf

How we are funded:

You are the local supporters and beneficiaries in the LSU AgCenter extension programs. Your support keeps these programs in your community. 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 2020-2021:

  • State general direct: 74.9%
  • Federal funds: 13.8%
  • Self-generated: 7.2%
  • Statutory deductions: 3.9%

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture