2012 Morehouse Parish Profile

Terry L. Erwin  |  1/23/2013 4:31:51 AM

Program Highlights

Agriculture and Natural Resources

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.

Who we reach:

1375 - Youth (includes 498 4-H members and 12 school 4-H clubs)
22,150- Adults (2,650 Ag and Natural Resources; 19,500 Family Consumer Sciences)

How we reach them:

  • 4-H clubs
  • Class series
  • School enrichment
  • Demonstrations
  • Field days
  • Workshops
  • Newsletters
  • Websites
  • Publications
  • Social media

Expanding our efforts:

75 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family and Community, Master Horseman

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter county agents provide re-search-based information on plant, aquacul-ture, wildlife and animal enterprises to More-house Parish clientele. The 2012 total dollar amount from these commodities was:
  • Plant enterprises - $163,249.786
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $611,775
  • Animal enterprises - $2,768,844
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Website.

Population - 28,223
Land area (square miles) - 794.25 Persons under 18 years old - 24.9%
Persons 65 years old and over - 15.3%
Median household income - $32,168
Persons below poverty - 25.2%

Local Issues and Plans for this year

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Ag- riculture.
  • Continuing Parish wide Field Day.
  • Continuing crop result demonstration on all crops.
  • Write news column, web page content, and seminars on agriculture practices.
  • Continue farm and home visits.

2. Promote the wise use of natu-ral resources and protection of the environment.

  • Educate producers on current disposal of pesticide containers and waste.
  • Certify producers who use restricted use pesticides.
  • Educate 4-H youth on composting and re-cycling.
  • Provide water quality educational programs.

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

  • School club programs and school enrichment will focus on character education.
  • Provide opportunities for youth to participate in educational workshops.
  • Develop and implement service learning projects throughout the parish.
  • Provide opportunity for youth to participate in shooting sports program.

4. Strengthen families and communities.

  • FNP clients will receive training on feeding their families nutritiously on a budget.
  • Provide child development training.
  • Teach classes on reducing credit balances and examining spending habits.
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