East Feliciana Parish Profile 2013

Brian R. Chandler  |  9/13/2013 12:57:04 AM

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Program Highlights

Family & Consumer Sciences

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. Twenty-five older adults regularly participate in these lessons and as a result have increased their knowledge of a healthy lifestyle (eating and exercise) for improving their overall wellbeing. 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 Youth Development

Youth obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure are prevalent among the youth here in East Feliciana Parish. Our parish is fortunate to have school-based clinics to help manage these illnesses. East Feliciana 4-H partnered with RKM Clinic to teach youth healthier lifestyles with food and activities. Teen and adult volunteers help Extension meet the educational needs of East Feliciana 4-H club members. Fifteen fourth– through sixth-grade 4-H’ers attended summer camp at Camp Grant Walker. Twelve 4-H club members attended 4-H University at LSU, where they had the opportunity to compete in contests such as livestock judging, outdoor skills and fashion revue, or attend Clover College to learn about college life and preparation. Over 2,000 youth have the opportunity to learn about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. The 4-H Clover Bud program participated in planting flowers for our local grocery store planters.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Feeder calf and timber dominate agricultural production in East Feliciana Parish. Programs delivered to clientele include beef/forage field days, forestry forums, forestry and wildlife field days and pesticide trainings. Private pesticide applicators were trained in worker protection methods and learned techniques to minimize spray drift. A class was offered for non– cardholders to help prepare them for certification test. Home visits and personal interaction are the primary modes of delivering information.

Who we reach:

10,305 Youth (includes 391 4-H Club members & 12 school 4-H Clubs)
25,786 Adults

How we reach them:

4-H Clubs, Publications, School enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Websites, Seminars, Email, Social media, Phone calls.

Expanding our efforts:

212 Volunteers: 4-H, Family & Community, Master, Cattle Producer, Master Gardeners, Beef and Forestry Associations.

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, forestry, wildlife and animal enterprises to East Feliciana Parish clientele. The 2012 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises – $18,742,719
  • Fisheries and Wildlife – $1,511,914
  • Animal enterprises – $17,533,739

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary www.lsuagcenter.com/agsummary

Population – 20,970
Land area (square miles) – 453.40
Persons under 18 years old – 20.3%
Persons 65 years old and over – 14%
Median household income – $37,403
Persons below poverty – 20.9%

Local Issues & Plans for this year

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture.

  • Conduct beef cattle, forestry and wildlife field days.
  • Conduct a two-parish home grounds seminar.
  • Conduct a forestry forum.
  • Conduct a breeding soundness evaluation clinic.
  • Conduct pesticide certification and recertification workshops.
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits.
  • Coordinate a two-parish forestry association.
  • Publish news articles in local newspaper and post fact sheets and other information on parish website.

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

  • Teach character development to 4-H Club members and other students.
  • Conduct Mini-Farm for grades K-2, teaching about agriculture and food production.
  • Teach teen leadership skills and life lessons through Junior Leader Conferences and Citizenship Camp.
  • Conduct food safety and healthy eating through workshops and programs.
  • Enhance and expand service-learning projects.
  • Teach bullying awareness to youth, parents and teachers.
  • Teach nutrition fitness and awareness of healthy eating habits.
  • Conduct area FFA forestry career development event.

3. Strengthen families and communities.

  • Teach FNP families healthy meal preparation on a limited budget.
  • Teach health awareness.
  • Conduct food safety and healthy living programs for parish families.
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