2010 St. James Parish Profile

Mollie Arceneaux, Guidry, Kenneth J.  |  12/17/2009 9:10:29 PM

You can access a PDF version of the St. James Parish Profile below.

Program Highlights

Family & Consumer Sciences
Families First: Nutrition Education and Wellness System (FF:NEWS) is a nutrition education intervention program designed to help primarily food stamp recipients make wise food choices that are healthy and safe.

The program also helps families select and prepare meals consistent with their cultural traditions while improving their overall health.

Lisa Weber, Nutrition Educator, delivers research-based, family focused programs consistent with the program’s mission. Participants in FF:NEWS programs are exposed to food taste testing, parenting and child care education and nutritional education.

As a result of Family & Consumer Sciences programs the underserved residents of St. James parish have reported an improvement in their quality of life.

4-H Youth Development

St. James Parish 4-H provides community youth with opportunities to develop life skills through experiential learning activities, programs, and school enrichment learning.

During the 2009-2010 school year 4,018 youth gained knowledge in financial literacy, agriculture, workforce preparation, service learning, healthy living, citizenship, and science, engineering and technology programming.

4-H has given youth endless opportunities to work with caring adult volunteers to foster personal growth and become well rounded citizens through the Essential Elements of 4-H: Belonging, Independence, Generosity, and Mastery.

Youth have gained knowledge in agriculture, healthy living, and financial literacy through participation in Ag Day, Smart Bodies, Youth Wetlands Week and Welcome to the Real World events.

Agriculture & Natural Resources
The alluvial soils deposited from the Mississippi River in St. James Parish provide a fertile environment for the area’s vast flora.

Sugarcane, the most valuable row crop commodity for St. James Parish, is annually produced on over 24,000 acres in St. James. The economic impact of the 2009-10 crop was approximately $40 million of which $24 million was gross revenue.

Education efforts are delivered through grower meetings, field days, and farm visits.  Tomato production is a passion of many residents of the parish.  The second annual tomato field day was a huge success. Over 200 residents participated in field evaluationa and taste testing of new tomato cultivars that are resistent to common diseases found in St. James Parish.

Who we reach:
33, 290 - Youth (includes 700 4-H members & 12 school 4-H clubs)
22,192 - Adults (3,336 Ag & Natural Resources 18,856 Family Consumer Sciences)

How we reach them:

  • 4-H clubs Class series
  • School Enrichment Demonstrations
  • Field days Workshops
  • Newsletters Web sites
  • Publications Social media

Expanding our efforts

175 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community, Agricultural Field Days & FF:NEWS

Parish Facts
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. James Parish clientele. The 2008 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises - $26,519,179
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $1,502,385
  • Animal enterprises - $228,520.

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary
Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary

  • Population - 21,054
  • Land area (square miles) - 246.13
  • Persons under 18 years old - 26.7%
  • Persons 65 years old and over - 12.6%
  • Median household income - $4445,303
  • Persons below poverty - 15.8%

Local Issues & Plans for this year:

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Conduct Sugarcane Field Day and Grower Meetings
  • Conduct research plots for weed control in Perique Tobacco
  • Conduct Vegetable Field Day open to public
  • Write news column, web page content, and seminars on agriculture practices
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits

2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.

  • Promote waste reduction and recycling through 4-H service learning.
  • Educate youth in Louisiana wetlands and restoration solution.
  • Plan for planting of trees on public property.
  • Conduct coastal program with schools and 4-H youth to grow native plants.

3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.

  • Develop and implement service learning projects throughout the parish
  • Provide youth with bullying intervention techniques
  • Provide youth with career preparation and financial management tools.
  • Provide youth with social development opportunities.
  • Provide youth with leadership development opportunities.

4. Strengthen families and communities

  • FF:NEWS provide training to help families make healthy food choices that will help them live healthier and longer lives
  • Train parents to be the best parent they can be.
  • To continue support early childhood education through learning and networking opportunities
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