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 ranks 38 out of 64 parishes for Health Outcomes (2019 County Health Rankings).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 policy, systems, and environmental changes.Parents are gaining positive parenting skills through the Healthy Beginnings for Your Baby series of classes.Education is also provided to help citizens identify common health hazards in homes and take action.Southern University’s Communities of Color implements tobacco prevention and control programs.
Youth have a need to gain leadership, citizenship, and life skills to enable them to become positive, productive, capable, and compassionate members of the community.The 4-H program aims to help youth meet those needs through educational programming, service learning, and leadership opportunities.Ouachita 4-H members participate in a wide variety of project areas.Shooting Sports youth learn marksmanship, safe and responsible firearm use, and principles of hunting through three disciplines: archery, rifle, and shotgun. The Shooting Sports program and volunteers also provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth, and conservation ethics. The Photography Club offers increased knowledge about photography such as: elements of exposure, depth of field, and composition. 4-Hers also gain a variety of invaluable photography hands-on experiences. The 4-H club educational program focus for 2019-2020 is SET (Science, Engineering and Technology).
Horticulture programming includes an annual gardening seminar held in conjunction with Ag Expo, 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. The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners Association maintains an active presence in the community by maintaining demonstrations beds at Chennault Aviation & Military Museum, Kiroli Park, Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo, and the Farmer’s Market at Seventh Square.These and other Master Gardener projects are funded with proceeds from two plant sales throughout the year.Horticulture programming in the coming year will place emphasis on recycling and composting yard waste and establishing a seed preservation facility.Extension County Agents work with producers to conduct on farm demonstrations to educate producers on the latest research.
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.
177 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family and Community and Healthy Communities.
LSU AgCenter Extension Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Ouachita Parish clientele.The 2018 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
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:
LSU AgCenter State Appropriated Funds for FY 2019-2020: