Jennifer Moseley | 3/21/2012 10:57:17 PM
4-H Youth Development
Currently Red River Parish has 150 4-H Club Members enrolled in ten of the 4-H Clubs in the parish. The educational focus for 2011-2012 club year is Envi-ronmental Education. For the second year a school garden has been con-structed and maintained by one of the school clubs. In addition to the school garden a $10,000 donation was given to the Red River Parish Junior Leaders for the start of a Community Garden in the parish. Red River Parish Project clubs have been growing by each. The Junior Leaders club has approximately twelve members, the Junior Livestock club has approximately ten members. Approximately twelve 4-H youth partici-pated in monthly educational programs offered by the Red River Parish 4-H Outdoors Skills program. The project is volunteer leader driven.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
In 2010, Red River Parish had an esti-mated 610 acres of cotton, 5,840 acres of corn, 4,737 acres of soybeans and 2,130 acres of wheat. Farmers, ranch-ers and homeowners were certified or recertified and trained in the proper handling, application and disposal of pesticides. Many calls from people re-questing assistance with their problems, i.e. crops, animals, home gardens were answered.
150 - Youth (includes 1504-H members & 10 school 4-H/Community Clubs in 3 Public Schools and 1 private School)
1,000- Adults (Approximately) 500 Ag & Natural Resources
4-H clubs, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Web sites, Newsletters, Social media, and Publications.
150 Volunteers - 4-H, Shooting Sports, Jr. Livestock Club, Master Gardeners, Family & Community
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, fisher-ies, wildlife and animal enterprises to Red River Parish clientele. The 2010 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population - 9,118
Land area (square miles) - 389.09
Persons under 18 years old - 25.4%
Persons 65 years old and over - 15.2%
Median household income - $34,723
Persons below poverty - 21.5%
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
2. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
3. Increase Volunteer Leader involvement