Blair Hebert | 12/6/2013 9:55:55 PM
About the LSU AgCenter
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.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Agriculture is a $116 million dollar industry in Iberia Parish. Residents are concerned with our coastline and maintaining our fisheries industry. Delcambre Direct, part of the Market Maker program, allows local fisherman the opportunity to sell their products directly to the public via the Internet. This program has continued to be a success and other commodities such as fruit and vegetables are following suit. Field days, recertification meetings and master farmer classes are conducted to ensure that producers follow recommended best management practices.
Family & Consumer Sciences
Nutrition, obesity and healthy living are important to Americans and a concern to residents in Iberia Parish. Nutrition education and physical activity programs are conducted to address these concerns. Goals of these programs are for participants to increase their knowledge of nutrition and physical activity, understand the importance of time spent in physical activity and increase fruit and vegetable intake. Kid Chef Camp is a summer camp which emphasizes healthy food choices, food and kitchen safety, healthy cooking and physical activity. The “Smart Bodies” program integrates classroom activities with hands-on learning. In the past seven years, more than 7,000 Iberia Parish youth have received these programs.
4-H Youth Development
The 4-H Youth Development program focuses on enriching the lives of young people. Through the four essential elements of belonging, independence, generosity and mastery, Iberia 4-H members display leadership, communication and service learning skills. To enhance these skills, during the 2012-2013 school year, 32 Iberia Parish 4-H clubs consisting of nearly 1,000 youth collected more than 250 pounds of “pop tops” with all funds raised being donated to support various Ronald McDonald Homes. Leadership skills are emphasized by allowing all parish 4-H clubs as well as the junior leader club and advisory committees to have officer positions. Through 4-H clubs, monthly educational programs provide youth members the opportunity to become more trustworthy, responsible, respectful, and caring.
Who we reach:
|5,852||Youth (includes 833 4-H members and 32 school 4-H clubs)|
|5,614 Ag & Natural Resources|
|5,923 Family & Consumer Sciences|
|968 Youth Enrichment|
|4-H clubs||Class series|
1) Agriculture and Natural Resources
-Continue commodity production meetings and variety trials
-Continue Sugarcane, Soybean and Cattle Field Days
-Continue marketing strategies for local fisheries industry
-Continue pesticide and smoke management recertification
-Continue agricultural economic educational programs
-Continue Master Gardener, Master Farmer and Master Cattlemen programs
-Continue "Ag Adventures" educational program
2) Family and Consumer Sciences
-Continue Parenting for Success and Mentoring Moms educational programs
-Continue Smart Bodies educational program
-Conduct educational trainings on nutrition, budgeting and social media/internet safety
3) 4-H Youth Development
-Conduct educational programs to youth through club meetings
-Continue leadership and volunteerism opportunities and trainings
-Continue community service learning projects
-Continue character development and youth safety programs for positive youth development
-Continue contest days, workshops, livestock shows and camps
-Continue collaborations with local governing bodies and agencies such as:
Iberia Parish Government, Iberia Parish School Board, District Attorney's Office, Iberia Sheriff's Office, Office of Family Support and Council on Aging.