Livingston 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 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

Family and Consumer Sciences

Children who are involved in the cooking process are more likely to try the foods that they prepare.To promote healthy food choices including how to prepare healthy foods, 38 programs were conducted in an eight-week nutrition series at the Parks & Recreation of Denham Springs (PARDS) Summer Camp.A pre-posttest design was used to evaluate the summer camp program to access changes in their knowledge regarding healthy choices.127 youth completed the pre and posttest assessment.There was an 18.5% increase in the campers knowing that half their plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables.When the campers correctly chose what boosts physical and mental performance and keeps weight in check, there was a 34.6% increase in them selecting the correct answer.A 10.2% increase was realized with the campers knowing which foods are part of the Proteins Food Group.When the campers correctly chose the benefits of breakfast, there was a 39.3% increase in them selecting the correct answer.There was a 17.1% increase in campers knowing which nutrient-rich drinks we should try to consume.

4-H Youth Development

In Livingston Parish, 1,332 youth are enrolled in 41 school 4-H clubs.These youth acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.They participate in competitions, project workshops, livestock clinics, overnight camping, shooting sports trainings, and service learning projects in their communities.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Agriculture programming is based on keeping the farms productive and profitable.Conducted Louisiana Master Cattlemen Producer classes to help beef producers learn recommended animal husbandry practices.Planted 13 cool season forage varieties for producers to evaluate and compare at the Fall Beef Field Day.42 beef producers went on the Spring Beef Tour which themed around touring a Gray and Red Brahman operation and a state of the art organic Dairy Farm.

Conducted pasture weed control demonstrations.

Conducted Master Gardener training to have volunteers help with horticulture educational programs such as farmers market, educational gardens, and community beautification projects.

Forest Landowners learned about Changes in the Forestry Industry at the Annual Meeting.They also learned about impacts of Georgia Pacific closure at Port Hudson and heard the latest forestry updates.

Whom we reach:

9,565 youth (includes 1,332 4-H members, 41 school 4-H Clubs, PARDS, Camp Empowerment, Daycares, Head Starts, and school programs)

122,078 adults (100,725 agriculture and natural resources and 21,353 family consumer sciences)

How we reach them:

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

Expanding our efforts:

319 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family and Community, Master Cattle Producers & Community and Master Horseman.

Parish Facts:

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, animal, forestry, aquaculture and wildlife enterprises to Livingston Parish residents. The total dollar amount from these commodities were: Animal enterprises, $12,947,191; aquaculture and wildlife, $31,652,031; plant enterprises, $31,835,014.

Land area — 1,254.92 square miles; Population —139,567; Population under 18 years old — 25.6%; Population 65 years old and over — 13.2%; Median household income — $60,456; Persons below poverty — 11.4%

Local issues and plans for this year

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture.

  • Conduct beef field day and beef tour.
  • Conduct forestry annual meetings and forestry tour.
  • Write webpage content and seminars on agriculture practices.
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits.

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development.

  • Increase knowledge of Personal Development through monthly club meetings.
  • Work to enhance the Jr. Leader program by recruiting new members. Jr. Leaders are working with community leaders and youth with disabilities to complete their service learning project.
  • Enhance the existing volunteer development program to include additional resources and incentives.

Strengthen families and communities

  • Classes on how to eat a healthy diet and how to be more physically active will be conducted for Livingston Adult Ed students.
  • By participating in nutrition programs, Head Start students will learn how to be healthy from the inside out.
  • A Dining with Diabetes series will be offered to help adults at risk for type 2 diabetes learn how to manage this condition through menu planning, carbohydrate counting, portion control, and label reading.
  • The Livingston Volunteers for Family & Community will continue to strengthen individuals, families, and communities through education, leadership, and action.
  • Nutrition programs will help the Council on Aging, daycares, and summer campers recognize the importance of incorporating healthy foods and physical activity into their daily lives.

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