Report to Stakeholders 2019

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

Program Highlights

4-H Youth Development

“Learn by Doing” is the premise of the LaSalle Parish 4-H Program.
In LaSalle Parish, 4-H is a vital part of the educational process with active clubs in all parish public and private schools, reaching 405 youth in third through twelfth grades. The parish is concentrating on initiatives that include Workforce Preparation, Character Education, Leadership, and Community Service-Learning based on Mission Mandates: Science, Engineering and Technology.

The LaSalle Parish Junior Leadership Club is a priority for the parish. The parish-wide, 29 member club offers youth in Jr. and Sr. High the opportunity for greater participation in the 4-H program.

The club focus is service learning and civic impact.

The LaSalle Parish 4-H Outdoor Skills - Shooting Sports Club is a youth educational program conducted by the LSU AgCenter and volunteer instructors and parents of 78 youth that participate. The Shooting Sports Program's objects are to teach youth about firearms, firearm and hunting safety, marksmanship, hunting ethics and responsibility and other outdoor related skills. LaSalle parish currently has 14 -Level 1 Instructors that foster a caring positive experience with firearms for the youth in a safe environment, which will be a continuation of a lifetime of enjoyment.

Family, Nutrition & Health

SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) The program is designed to assist primarily SNAP eligible recipients make wise food choices that are healthy and safe. The program also helps families select and prepare meals consistent with their cultural traditions, while improving their overall health. Participants in SNAP-Ed learn valuable information through food taste-testing, parenting and childcare education and nutritional education. As a result, many residents of LaSalle Parish have reported an improvement in their quality of life.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

LaSalle Parish has a varied group of agriculture producers. These include those with small acreages of row crops, part-time beef producers and home gardeners. Safe and proper uses of pesticides and fertilizers as well as general horticulture (gardens, ornamentals, and turf) are of great interest to all. In order to help producers and public alike, the LSU AgCenter presents the latest researched-based recommendations through home visits, publication correspondence, mass media, and social media.

The Grant/LaSalle Master Gardeners organized early in 2019 and have monthly meetings at Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center(except during summer camp season). Our Master Gardeners have enhanced the landscape at the 4-H camp and other sites. The Grant LaSalle Master Gardener Association created a Facebook group that provides a wealth of information.

LaSalle Parish Extension Office

1050 Courthouse St-Room 1 LaSalle Parish Courthouse
P O Box 101
Jena LA 71342

Phone: 318-992-2205
Fax: 318-992-7338

Web site:

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Silas Cecil
Parish Chair, 4-H Agent

LaVone Boyd
Administrative Coordinator

Keith Hawkins
Associate Area Extension Agent
Horticulture/Lawn &Garden

Robbie Hutchins
Associate Area Agent
Forestry & Wildlife

Jim McCann
Area Extension Agent
Ag & Row Crops
4-H and Youth Development
Healthy Living
Science, Engineering &

Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal Production
Beef Cattle
Horticulture/Lawns and Gardens
Pest Management

Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS)
Family Resource Management
FNP -Family Nutrition Program
Nutrition and Health

Who we reach.

  • 1,767 Youth - Includes 4-H Members in 15 school 4-H Clubs & Program Enrichment
  • 3,500 Adults - Includes Ag & Natural Resources, Family, Nutrition, & Health

How we reach them:

4-H clubs, Class series, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Web sites, Publications, Social media

Expanding our efforts:

345 Adult and Youth Volunteers

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to LaSalle Parish clientele. The 2018 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises: $42,874,343
  • Aquaculture and wildlife: $4,871,962
  • Animal enterprises: $2,321,734
  • Persons 65 years old and over -16.9%
  • Persons below poverty - 17.7%
  • Population – 14,917
  • Persons under 18 years old – 22.9%
  • Land area (square miles) – 624.68
  • Median household income - $44,235

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development

  • Provide opportunities for youth voice and ownership programs.
  • Provide education and conduct activities to encourage safety among youth and adults.
  • Encourage pride in the community and develop leadership skills among youth.
  • Encourage healthy living for all youth.
  • Recruit and train adult and junior leaders.

Strengthen families and communities

  • Conduct nutrition education programs for families and youth.
  • Encourage 4-H members and other youth to develop healthy habits related to diet and exercise.
  • Promote character education among families and groups.
  • Provide training on Feeding Families on a budget for FNP clientele.

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture

  • Use regular mail, e-mail distribution, web page, social media, home/farm visits,
    newsletters, and news columns to disseminate timely information and publications.
  • Quarterly distribution of Horticulture Hints.
  • Provide research-based information on home grounds and gardens.

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

  • Apply a holistic approach towards best management practices through researched based recommendations.
  • Recruit schools to participate in the youth wetlands week.
  • Private Pesticide Re-certification class.
  • Provide Master Cattleman & Master Gardener Certification Opportunities

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