Pointe Coupee Parish Profile

About the LSU AgCenter

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.

Pointe Coupee Parish Extension Office

Address:

180 East Main St., 1st Floor
New Roads, LA 70760
Phone: 225-638-5533
Fax: 225-638-5550

Email:

pointecoupee@agcenter.lsu.edu

Website:

www.LSUAgCenter.com/PointeCoupee

Office hours:

8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Parish Chair

Mark Carriere

Additional contact:

Tara Manuel
Administrative Coordinator

Programs

4-H and Youth Development

Brandi Frey

Co-curricular with school system (Ag Education). Jr. Leadership, Livestock and Shooting Sports Programs.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Mark Carriere

  • Agronomic Crops (Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Sugarcane, Rice, & Wheat)
  • Pest Management
  • Fisheries: Crawfish, Ponds, & Environmental Watersheds
  • Animal Production
  • Beef Cattle
  • Horticulture/Lawn and Garden

Nutrition

Katie Guedry

  • Smart Portions
  • Dining with Diabetes
  • Chef Camp (Youth)
  • Let’s Eat for the Health of It (Youth)

Program Highlights

4-H Youth Development

The 2019-2020 school enrichment focus for grades 4th-12th is “Agriculture Awareness” Youth will gain knowledge on where our food comes from, products, ingredients, farm to table, and produce and consumer experience. Aside from school enrichment youth are given the opportunity to participate in 4-H camp, Lost Camp, 4-H Day at the Capitol, 4-H Night with the Pelicans, 4-H Scholarships, Sugar/Pecan Cookery, Junior Leader Club, shooting sports, livestock, Pet Show, project books, clover buds, club meetings, sewing workshop, speech and demo workshop, 4-H University, school gardens, Chef Club and Achievement day.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Pointe Coupee is a major agricultural parish that produces corn, cotton, soybeans, sugarcane, rice, and wheat; all being grown on 165,000 acres. Pointe Coupee farmers rely on information from the LSU AgCenter to stay efficient and productive. Therefore, the parish hosts an annual Farm Forum with presentations from specialists and researchers who provide the most current research-based information available. Due to this specialized training, farmers have been able to reduce input costs while having a smaller impact on the environment making them better stewards of the land.

Nutrition Program

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, Pointe Coupee Parish has an obesity prevalence of 33.4%. The programs offered through the LSU AgCenter focus on teaching people in the community about healthy eating, the importance of physical activity, and how to create healthy habits. Our Smart Portions Program is an eight-week lifestyle weight control program that teaches healthy eating using Choose MyPlate food groups and proper portions sizes. Dining with Diabetes is a program that helps adults at risk or with Type 2 diabetes learn how to manage their condition through meal planning, label reading and portion control. Let’s Eat for the Health of It (Youth) Program teaches children how to create a healthy plate and focuses on cutting back on fats, added sugars and salt; eating the right number of calories for you; and being physically active your way.

How we are funded

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:

  • Sustaining Louisiana agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
  • Building leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development.
  • Family, nutrition and health to enhance the quality of life for Louisiana’s citizens.

Whom we reach:

  • 10,327 youth (includes 577 4-H members and 21 school 4-H & Project Clubs)
  • 20,345 adults (13,218 agriculture and natural resources and 7,127 nutrition)

How we reach them:

4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, social media, class series, website and workshops.

Expanding our efforts:

213 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners, nutrition, Master Horsemen, Master Cattleman, and Master Farmer.

Parish Facts:

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Pointe Coupee Parish residents. The 2018 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Animal enterprises, $12,958,472
  • Fisheries and wildlife, $3,602,542
  • Plant enterprises, $128,221,385

Land area — 557.35 square miles; Population —22,268; Population under 18 years old — 22.5%; Population 65 years old and over — 19.5%; Median household income — $44,275; Persons below poverty — 18.9%

Local issues and plans for this year

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture

  • Conduct variety and verification trials in corn, cotton, soybeans, and wheat.
  • Make farm and home visits to provide educational information to solve problems.
  • Certify pesticide applicators and Worker Protections Standards (WPS) through Pointe Coupee Farm Forum.
  • Promote agriculture to general public through various field days.
  • Work with NRCS to promote conservation programs.

Increase Healthy Living through horticulture and environmental stewardship

  • Promote Best Management Practices (BMP) for gardens, lawns, landscapes, and fruit/vegetable trees.
  • School Garden Programs
  • Pointe Coupee Master Gardener Program

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development

  • Promote Agriculture Education, Healthy Lifestyles, Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Programs throughout the parish.
  • Junior Leaders will participate in yearly Service-Learning Projects.
  • Offer camp opportunities to strengthen independence of 4-H Youth.
  • Create belonging for youth and parents by using social media.
  • Continue hands-on workshops for youth.
  • Promote outdoor safety through the 4-H Outdoor Skills Program.

To make Healthy Choice an Easy Choice for individuals in Pointe Coupee

  • Provide research-based nutrition information through social media and local newspaper articles.
  • Implement Smart Portions, Dining with Diabetes, and Let’s Eat for the Health of It Programs.
  • Collaborate with other parish agents with eating from the school garden and host Chef Camps and a parish youth Chef Club.

How we are funded:

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:

  • Sustaining Louisiana agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
  • Building leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development.
  • Family, nutrition and health to enhance the quality of life for Louisiana’s citizens.

LSU AgCenter State Appropriated Funds for FY 2019-2020:

  • State general direct: 74.9%
  • Federal funds: 13.6%
  • Self-generated: 7.1%
  • Statutory deductions: 4.4%

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture

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