Jackson Parish Profile 2016-17

Gary Stockton  |  9/17/2013 12:02:59 AM

Program Highlights

Family & Consumer Sciences

Jackson parish residents rank 35% in being over weight or obese. The LSU AgCenter offers a program, Family Nutrition for parents and their children to teach them how to make healthy food choices and get the right amount of exercise in their daily activities. Participants will learn about extra calories in their drinks, how to choose healthy snacks, fun exercise, portion sizes, benefits of eating breakfast and they will have a Health Assessment (weight, BMI, blood pressure). With the support of Hodge Bank and Jackson Parish Hospital, Southside Elementary has offered Family Nutrition Night to their families.

4-H, Youth & Family Development

4-H offers education programs and life skills to five schools and home schooled students throughout Jackson Parish. Two parish wide project clubs allow members to participate in Junior Leadership and Outdoor Shooting Sports. Additional activities such as camping, canoeing, fishing and kayaking have been added to increase our Outdoor project areas. The Jackson Parish Advisory Council identified as leadership and safety skills as a need for our youth. For the 2017-2018 school year, educational lessons for 4th-8th grade students will focus on home safety, Hunting/Forest Safety, Internet Safety, ATV Safety and Lake Safety. 4-H members in 9th-12th grade will participate in a series of Leadership lessons to develop or enhance their own leadership potential. Jackson Parish youth participate in community service projects for CASA, Buddy Ball and local food banks.

.Agriculture & Natural Resources

Jackson Parish agricultural producers rely on research-based management techniques to maintain profitability and sustainability. Parish cattlemen attend monthly educational sessions that focus on forage crop and beef production best management practices. The poultry industry in Jackson Parish is responsible for over $59 million in gross farm income. LSU AgCenter faculty watch closely the demonstrations conducted at the Hill Farm Reserch Station broiler demonstration houses to bring back useful techniques that can be implemented on broiler farms in the parish. The Jackson Parish office of the LSU AgCenter takes great pride in supporting the valuable agricultural industries of the parish, which contributed $97.8 million to the state’s economy as commodities left the farm gate in 2015.

Who we reach:

400 4-H youth enrolled in 13 clubs at 5 schools

40 4-H youth and adult volunteers

70 FCS volunteer leaders

64 Cattlemen

18 Poultry Growers

1 Master Gardner

How we reach them:

4-H Clubs, Class series, School enrichment Demonstrations, Field days/workshops, Televisions, Newsletters, Websites, Publications, Local/social media, Ag Magic, Roughin’ It camp, Survivor camp, Summer camp, 4-H University, LOST Camp.

Expanding our efforts:

95 Volunteers : 4-H Adult & Youth, Master Gardeners, Family & Consumer Science.

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Jackson Parish clientele. The 2015 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises – $48,957,281
  • Natural Resources – $1,643,235
  • Animal enterprises – $64,874,156

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

Population – 16,216
Land area (square miles) – 569.75
Persons under 18 years old – 22.8%
Persons 65 years old and over – 17.5%
Median household income – $39,809
Persons below poverty - 15.9%

Local Issues & Plans for this year

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • On-farm variety verification trials, field days, other seminars.
  • Write news articles, Web page content, newsletters and correspondence.

2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.

  • Pesticide recertification program.
  • Soil samples.
  • Educate the public and farmers about farm runoff by distributing “Best Management Practices” literature.

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

  • Develop and implement service-learning projects throughout the parish.
  • Parish youth will develop and utilize their knowledge and appreciation of our natural resources by participating in planned wildlife, forestry and shooting sport activities.

4. Strengthen families and communities.

  • To engage the community in the Smart Portions, healthy weight series.
  • To conduct family nutrition night program in the parish.
  • To strive to gain additional community partners.
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