Terry L. Erwin | 1/23/2013 4:31:51 AM
A parishwide growers meeting was held in February 2012 provided knowledge of pesticide safety, water quality issues and research based information on corn, soybeans and cotton to over 75 producers. Grain crops continue to be the overall favorite commodity grown in Morehouse Parish. More than 100 producers received knowledge of farm profitability and environmental education at SU AgCenters annual Parish Crop Tour in July 2012.4-H Youth & Family Development
Monthly science enrichment at Morehouse Junior High 6th grade with 125 students. Wetlands exploration day for 4th graders held in November 10 for 150 4th grade students. Farm Safety Day reaches approximately 400 fifth graders every year. Youth Wetlands Program – Reaching approximately 500 or more youth every year, with ten teachers signing up for the program this year.
Autistic Children at Cherry Ridge Elementary have taken the learning experience outside the classroom. On Oct. 3, eight students in this self-contained class planted a vegetable garden. 4-H Youth Agent Jennifer Moran has been coming out to the school every two weeks and working with the children. She has helped teachers show the students different hands-on learning activities “Our goal is for the kids to try new things and realize that some foods come from a garden and not the grocery store,” Moran said. “With these children, sensory has been a big issue because a lot of them don’t like to touch dirt. Getting them to eat different foods is a sensory issue. The children have worked so hard. This has been a learning experience for them with measurements, math and vocabulary words. Now they’re getting down to the last part, eating it. That’s the fun part. Robinson Produce, Bastrop Feed and Seed, Farm Supply in Mer Rouge and the Conley Agency,” Moran said. donated money and items such as seeds and plants.
Nutrition programs, such as Smart Choices and others provide research-based information to help individuals and families increase their nutrition knowledge, gain skills in healthy food preparation, and improve eating and activity habits in order to live a healthy lifestyle. The issue of Childhood Obesity has been adopted as a major initiative of the LSU AgCenter. Programs such as Family Nutrition Night and Smart Bodies address this issue and promote healthy lifestyles through hands-on educational activities for children, parents and caregivers. The Germ Cave exhibit is used to teach proper hand washing to prevent foodborne illness and the spread of germs.
2. Promote the wise use of natu-ral resources and protection of the environment.
3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
4. Strengthen families and communities.