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.
Ouachita Parish ranks 37 out of 64 parishes for health outcomes (2021 County Health Rankings). Ouachita FCS Community Nutrition Programs include EFNEP, Flavors of Health, and SNAP-Ed. The LSU AgCenter conducts nutrition education through series of classes, special events, and social marketing to promote healthy communities and lifestyles. Partnerships have been formed through Healthy Communities Coalitions to promote policies, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes to help make the healthy choice easier. Ouachita FCS also offers the Healthy Beginnings for Your Baby series of parenting skills classes on a referral basis.
Ouachita’s 4-H Club focus for 2021-2022 is Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness. We have approximately 400 members enrolled, so far, for the current school year. We are continuing to utilize Google Classroom, along with some in-person club meetings, where 4-Hers and their families will be able to access monthly health lessons and newsletter containing information about workshops, camps, contests, and project clubs such as: Photography Club, Shooting Sports Club, and Livestock. Through our Choose Health curriculum, youth will learn about replacing sweetened drinks, vegetables and fruits, how to read nutrition facts labels, whole grains, and more.
Horticulture programming includes an annual gardening seminar, the Maki Horticulture Lecture Series, participation in fall and spring horticulture forums, and lectures given to various garden clubs. A weekly horticulture segment is broadcast every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. on Louisiana Living on KARD Fox 14. Horticulture programming in the coming year will place emphasis on continuing to build a seed preservation program with special emphasis on old LSU varieties and those specific to northern Louisiana, recycling and composting yard waste, and restorative horticulture projects at the former Mulberry Plantation in downtown Monroe.
4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, news articles, television, class series, demonstrations, school/community gardens, social media, website, special events, and workshops.
501 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners, FCS and Healthy Communities.
LSU AgCenter Extension Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Ouachita Parish clientele. The 2019 total dollar amount from these commodities were: