Morehouse Parish Profile

Terry L. Erwin  |  12/4/2009 10:36:52 PM

A PDF of the Parish Profile can be accessed below.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Morehouse youth enjoyed learning about pumpkins grown by local farmers and donated to the schools. Morehouse agents produced and participated in the annual Morehouse Parish Crops Tour with 60 producers and agri-business men attending.

Too much rain has devastated Morehouse cotton farmer’s fields. Losses of yield, quality, and seed are widespread over the entire Morehouse cotton areas. Several crop demonstrations were harvested with the assistance of parish farmers. The results of these demonstrations are provided freely to all parish producers.

4-H Youth Development

Morehouse Parish Club Leaders attended the area leader forum in Rayville on September 23, 2009. Leaders went to four sessions to enhance their school club meetings. Leaders attending the training were Sara Sharp, from Pine Grove, and April Guest, Community Club Leader.

Over twenty Morehouse Parish 4-Hers participated in the Northeast District Horse Show on July 1 and 2nd. Youth participated in barrels, poles, stake race, tie down roping, breakaway roping, halter, and western pleasure. Most of the youth qualified to participate in the state horse show which was held July 7-11, 2009, at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe.

Five Morehouse Parish seventh and eighth graders attended the 2nd annual LOST (Louisiana Outdoor Science and Technology) camp the frist week of August. Youth chose three tracks to participate in, participating in different one every day. Choices were Energy, Outdoor Skills, Robotics, Forensics, Wetlands, Rocketry, Kitchen Chemistry, and Video Editing. These youth are now planning a SET Day for 4th - 6th graders.

Who we reach.

1375 - Youth (includes 498 4-H members & 12 school 4-H clubs)

22,150- Adults 2,650 Ag & Natural Resources

19,500 Family Consumer Sciences

How we reach them:

4-H clubs
Class series
School Enrichment
Field days
Web sites
Social media

Expanding our efforts:

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

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Morehouse Parish clientele. The 2008 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises - $161,570.186.
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $417,313
  • Animal enterprises - $4,084516

Data from the Louisiana AgSummary

Population - 28,602
Land area (square miles) - 794.25
Persons under 18 years old - 24.4%
Persons 65 years old and over - 16.1%
Median household income - $28,847
Persons below poverty - 31%

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • 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 natural 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 nutritionally on a budget.
  • Provide child development training.
  • Teach classes on reducing credit balances and examining spending habits.
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