Lafayette Parish Profile

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

Program Highlights

4-H Youth Development

LSU AgCenter offers 4-H to youth across the parish; encompassing those youth in public schools, parochial schools, charter schools and home school. Youth today are more independent than ever, especially considering the intensity at which technology is being integrated into students’ lives. Youth are taught healthy choices, leadership skills, teamwork and other important aspects of a successful and fulfilling life. Club members are involved in a seven-part lesson series that discusses environmental science. Our School Garden Initiative is engaging youth in creative learning by improving academic performance, enhancing life skills and teaching youth to make healthier choices.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Major agriculture and horticulture programs are Master Gardener, MasterCattleman, Master Horseman, Master Farmer and various agricultural field days and demonstrations. Private pesticide applicator re-certification class isoffered through our office. The Master Gardener’s contribute over 9,966.83 volunteer hours and travel over 55,961 miles annually answering horticulturerelated calls and giving presentations through the Master Gardener Speaker’s Bureau. The total estimated value for major agriculture commodities in Lafayette equal 84.9 million dollars.

Family & Consumer Sciences

Improving the health of families and individuals is the focus of FCS in Lafayette Parish. Parenting classes include “Healthy Beginnings” are offered to eligible parents. Nutrition classes are taught in schools, summer camps, senior centers, and with nonprofit organizations. The Expended Food and Nutrition Education Program teaches limited income families how to eat healthy on a budget.

Who we reach

  • 54,294 - Total Youth
    • 39,245 4-H Youth Development (4-H members & school enrichment)
    • 7,519 Ag & Natural Resources
    • 7,530 Family Consumer Sciences
  • 26,369 – Total Adults
    • 9,115 4-H Youth Development
    • 13,799 Ag & Natural Resources
    • 3,455 Family Consumer Sciences

How we reach them:

4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, demonstrations, workshops, website and social media.

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Lafayette Parish clientele.

The 2018 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises: $39,935,314
  • Aquaculture and wildlife: $26,466,724
  • Animal enterprises: $18,558,824

Data from the U.S. Census

  • Population estimates - 242,098
  • Persons 65 years old and over - 13.2%
  • Land area (square miles) – 268.72
  • Median household income - $53,950
  • Persons under 18 years old – 23.6%
  • Persons below poverty - 17.4%

Local Issues & Plans for this year

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development

  • Increase a sense of belonging by establishing common ground, celebrating diversity and creating opportunities for the inner-city and rural youth to interact and serve others together.
  • Expand communication efforts to general public about opportunities in the 4-H Youth Development program.
  • Build awareness of issues facing youth as it relates to life skills incorporated in to club meetings lessons.
  • Continue to enhance and expand the school garden program to promote healthy food choices, nutrition education and physical exercise.
  • Promote agriculture awareness and careers in agriculture.

Increase agricultural knowledge and awareness of Louisiana Agriculture

  • Make sure of public safety during the harvest seasons.
  • Give talks/demonstrations on local food production/processing and home horticultural practices.
  • Expand Agriculture’s voice though Social Media/Mass Media.
  • Continue farm and home educational visits.

Strengthen families and communities

  • EFNEP clients will receive training on feeding their families nutritionally while on a budget.
  • Expectant mothers will receive education on maintaining wellness during and after pregnancy and caring for their newborns.

How we are funded:

You are the local supporters and beneficiaries in the LSU AgCenter extension programs. Just 20% support keeps these programs in your community. Your parish extension office offers programs in:

  • Sustaining Louisiana agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
  • Building leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development.
  • Family, nutrition and health to enhance the quality of life for Louisiana’s citizens.

LSU AgCenter State Appropriated Funds for FY 2019-2020:

  • State general direct: 74.9%
  • Federal funds: 13.6%
  • Self-generated: 7.1%
  • Statutory deductions: 4.4%

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture