East Carroll Parish Profile 2017

Donna Lee, Lucas-Powell, Lekeisha, Seay, Brittney, Robinson, Carolyn  |  4/4/2017 2:37:04 PM

Program Highlights

Family, Nutrition and Health
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) provides research-based information to help individuals and families increase their nutrition knowledge on a day to day basis. The mission of EFNEP is to empower limited-income families with young children to make informed decisions about food purchasing, food safety and meal management. Adults and youth within our community are gathered at various sites where they are taught the importance of nutrition. Our most popular nutrition programs are the Farm to Table exhibit, Family Nutrition Night and CHEF Camp.

The Family & Consumer Sciences (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. Parenting enables parents to provide the necessary guidance and discipline to help children become responsible adults.

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 are flexible in offering 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 & Natural Resources
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. On-farm demonstrations are the most common form of education and include variety trials for all of the crops grown in East Carroll Parish, verification trials and workshops addressing in-season issues. Further information is delivered via newsletters, email, Facebook, on-farm visits, telephone calls and newspaper articles. Worker Protection Standards are provided for farm workers yearly.

Who we reach:
42,875 - Youth (includes 4-H, ANR, Family Nutrition & Health and EFNEP)
24,901 - Adults (4-H - 50, ANR - 10,245, Family Nutrition & Health - 13,650 and EFNEP - 2,927)

How we reach them:

4-H Clubs; class series; field days; social media; workshops; newsletters; Email; Web sites; Publications; newspaper; school enrichment; and demonstrations

Expanding our efforts:
Approximately 75 volunteers (4-H, ANR, Family Nutrition & Health and EFNEP)

Parish Facts
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to East Carroll Parish clientele. The 2016 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
—Plant enterprises - $85,387,013
—Fisheries and wildlife - $45,862
—Animal enterprises - $2,064,959

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary
Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary

Population - 7,271
Land area (square miles) - 420.70
Persons under 18 years old - 25.2%
Persons 65 years old and over - 13.7%
Median household income - $21,099
Persons below poverty - 43.5%

Local Issues & Plans for this year:

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

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

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

  • Develop and implement service learning projects throughout the parish

3. 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 sites
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