Grant Parish Profile 2012

Quincy L. Cheek  |  3/28/2012 8:30:43 PM

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Program Highlights

4-H Youth Development

  • The 4-H Youth Development program in Grant Parish is an co-curriculum program which conduct monthly 4-H educational pro-grams in the elementary, junior High and senior high schools. There are (12) 4-H clubs in the parish with an enrollment of four hundred eight students. Throughout the school year the 4-H program offer different workshops- Electricity, Health and Fit-ness, Fashion Revue and etc.
  • Colfax Elementary 4-H club have partnered with some commu-nity volunteers and they have started a school garden project, the students are learning how to prepare the soil for planting, fertilization, care and about organic gardening.
  • Camp Grant Walker in Pollock is the site for many of our camps, These camps are held during the year and in the summer, Elementary students participates in 4-H Summer Camp, Middle school students have two camps they can participate in which is Challenge Camp and Lost Camp in the summer.
  • Senior Students can take part in the co-op camp, Junior Leader conference camp and compete for educational trips and scholarships at the 4-H University competition on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, LA.
  • The 4-H Shooting Sports program has increased enroll-ment in the Grant Parish Program. The shooting sports provides opportunities for youth to learn safe fire arm usage, hunter regulations and stewardship of the Wildlife habitat.
  • The Grant parish livestock program is great example of the experiential learning model. Twenty two 4-H members showed animal in the parish and district livestock show. The livestock program is designed to encourage active involvement and exploration.

Family Nutrition & Health
These programs are targeted to both adult and youth audiences in Grant parish. Participants in the parish programs are from the entire age group spectrum. From head start and pre-kindergarten youth participating in Organwise Guys and Happy Healthy Me nutrition pro-grams, to senior adults receiving critical programs such as Food Safety for Seniors and Smart Choices Nutrition. Adults in Grant parish also receive a series of Lunch & Learn pro-grams in Grant parish each Spring dealing with topics such as chronic disease, stress man-agement, estate planning and physical activity for better health. Grant Parish residents also participate in gardening and nutrition programs offered to the general public.

The Master Nutrition Volunteer Training program in Grant Parish is going strong with 10 cer-tified Master Nutrition Volunteers conducting and assisting with LSU AgCenter Nutrition and Health programs in the Parish. 

Who we reach:

980 Youth (includes 480 4-H members & 12 school 4-H clubs, Cloverbuds, and school enrichment)
3803 - Adults 1178 Ag & Natural Resources 1,021 Family Development & Nutrition

How we reach them:  

4-H clubs, Class series, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Web sites, Newspaper Articles, Television, and Publications.

Expanding our efforts:

Grants applied for to fund community nutri-tion and health efforts with local partners. Master Nutrition Volunteer force to increase through additional training. 

Parish Facts  

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aqua-culture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Grant Parish clientele. The 2008 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises - $28,368,217
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $1,449,750
  • Animal enterprises - $5,607,703

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site:

Population - 19,974
Land area (square miles) - 645.11
Persons under 18 years old - 25.7%
Persons 65 years old and over - 13.0%
Median household income - $38,896
Persons below poverty - 17.0% 

Local Issues & Plans for this year

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Write news columns, web page content, and semi-nars on agricultural practices.
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits.

2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and pro-tection of the environment.

  • Develop a Comprehensive Tree Management Plan and Tree Best Management Practices plan for tree guidelines.

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

  • Develop and implement service learning projects throughout the parish.
  • Offer nutrition and health workshops to 4-H youth and youth in the community.

4. Combat Childhood Obesity through healthy lifestyle programs in 4-H Clubs Meetings, Smart Bodies, and Family Nutrition Night events.

5. Work with low-income, SNAP Ed eligible families to make healthier food choices through workshops and interactive cooking demonstrations.

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