The LSU AgCenter is dedicated to providing innovative research, information and education to improve people's lives. Working in a unique 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.
The St. Charles Parish 4-H Youth Development Program enables youth to gain important life skills through participation in age-appropriate experiential learning activities conducted in school, community, and other 4-H club enrichment programs. In 2018, the St. Charles Parish 4-H Program focused on teaching youth about character and leadership development through hands-on lessons and workshops. Over 400 youth gained knowledge and experience of developing character traits, communication skills and leadership skills. 4-H members and their families participated in the annual 4-H Day of Service, contributing their hands to larger service to help feed 100+ families in the community.
Agricultural economic output for St. Charles Parish includes sugarcane, soybeans, commercial vegetables, home gardens, beef cattle, aquaculture, and fisheries. These enterprises contributed $14,015,783 to the parish's economy in the past year. The LSU AgCenter is dedicated to supporting these industries by disseminating reliable, research-based information. Per community advisory groups' input, these efforts have included Master Gardener trainings, pesticide certifications, library seminars, and home visits.
Volunteers are an important and valued resource to the LSU AgCenter. During 2018, a total of 160 volunteers in St. Charles Parish assisted the LSU AgCenter through active participation by providing educational recommendations as Advisory Board members, horticulture advice as Master Gardeners, or guidance and leadership as 4-H volunteer leaders. Collectively, these volunteers contributed a total of 6,200 service hours in 2018 to enhance the ability of the LSU AgCenter to deliver quality and effective educational outreach programs that reached over 12,000 citizens in St. Charles Parish.
4-H clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, social media, trainings, websites, and workshops.
160 volunteers from 4-H youth and adult volunteers, Master Gardeners, Master Cattlemen, & Commodity and Program Advisory members
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. Charles 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: