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.
With Covid-19 forcing schools and workplaces to work remotely, the 4-H program was no different. During the Summer 2020, the 4-H program conducted a Virtual Town Hall, open to youth in grades 9 through 12, that allowed them to enhance valuable skills such as accepting differences, communication, and conflict resolution. During the town hall, youth were given hot topics they submitted and embarked in healthy dialogue, expressing their perspective of various issues and allowing others to learn other views. Also, a weekly Professional Development Series took place using Zoom which covered the following topics: Career Readiness, Mental Health, Marketing Yourself and Money Management. Two (2) youth represented East Feliciana during the first ever virtual 4-H University and both blue ribboned in their respective contests (Career Prep & Public Speaking: Cooperative). On top of that, one (1) youth was selected to serve on the Louisiana State 4-H Citizenship Board.
In 2018, the value of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) for East Feliciana Parish topped 38.18 million dollars with timber and cattle production being the largest agricultural enterprises. Throughout the year clientele are educated using a multifaceted approach through meetings, field days, workshops, demonstrations, newsletters, newspaper articles, phone calls, and farm and home visits.
The horticulture agent coordinates the Feliciana Master Gardener program where horticulture enthusiasts are trained to provide research based educational information to the public. There are currently 25 Master Gardener volunteers who have volunteered over 769 hours for the program.
Programs delivered to clientele include Beef and Forage field days, forestry and wildlife field days, and pesticide trainings. There are over 250 members in the two-parish Feliciana Forestry Association which conducts annual meetings, seminars and tours. Private pesticide applicators were trained in worker protection methods and learned techniques to minimize spray drift.
A series of seminars are offered for residents to learn about how to beautify and maintain their home grounds. Home visits and personal interaction are the primary modes of delivering information.
Due to the current economic status of our parish and the lack of services offered to our elderly residents, the Council-on-Aging provides an excellent venue for teaching proper nutrition, food safety and healthy lifestyles to senior citizens. Forty-five older adults at two different locations regularly participate in these lessons and as a result have increased their knowledge of a healthy lifestyle (eating and exercise) for improving their overall well-being. This venue also allowed a more hands on approach with the residents, whereas they felt comfortable to ask questions and share personal insight on some matters.
4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, website, social media and workshops
150 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family and Community and Master Cattle Producer, and Beef and Forestry Associations.
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to East Feliciana Parish clientele. The 2018 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
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