St. Martin Parish Profile 2012

Alfred J. Guidry  |  3/22/2012 12:02:10 AM

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Program Highlights

Agriculture & Natural Resources
St. Martin Parish agriculture is very diversified. Several major crops grown in the parish includes sugarcane, rice, soybeans, grain sorghum and wheat with a total economic value of $47 million. Other major commodities includes livestock and aquaculture (crawfish) which contributes an additional 42 million. In the past few years educational program em-phasis has been on Best Management Practices for all commodities and the Master Farmer Program. These programs have been accomplished through commodity meetings, model farm field days, recycling programs, and sugarcane field days.

4-H, Youth & Family Development
The 4-H Youth Development program is a community of young people across the parish that are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills in a safe environment with caring adults. The leadership program has grown, with over 80 youth enrolled in the Jr. Leadership project club. The Jr. Leadership club is open to all 7th-12th grade students in St. Martin Parish. The primary goals of the club are to teach leadership skills and allow youth the opportunity to practice leadership, generosity and independ-ence. This year the St. Martin Parish Jr. Leader club members are focusing on the Environ-ment as their service-learning project. Throughout the year they are learning about the environment and have partnered with the St. Martin Parish Government. In partnership with Jacque Privat, the Jr. Leaders have organized a trash pick-up day at Lake Martin and have another one planned in the spring. Recycling has also been a huge part of the club’s work for many years. Including all of the 4-H clubs in the parish, the club organizes a Pull Tab drive and recycles all of the pull tabs donated at the end of each school year. All proceeds are do-nated to the Ronald McDonald house in Memphis, TN. To date over, 5.2 million pull tabs have been recycled and a total of $ 2,208.29 has been donated to the Ronald McDonald House. This summer the club members plan to do a service project at the Ronald McDonald house in New Orleans, LA to further the Pull Tab project and gain hands-on experiences helping youth battling childhood illnesses.

Family, Nutrition & Health
Nutrition, obesity, and healthy living are important issues in St. Martin Parish. A compre-hensive nutrition education and physical activity program is offered to our parish schools. Through the Smart Bodies program, children’s knowledge and understanding of the impor-tance of nutrition and physical activity is increased. Nutrition classes are also offered to interested individuals throughout the area. Topics covered include Diabetes Awareness, Choose MyPlate and Safe Food Preservation. Clientele is reached through classes, dem-onstrations, news articles and bulletins. 

Who we reach:

42,875 Youth (includes 1000 4-H members, 37 school 4-H clubs, 1 community club and 3 special inter-est clubs)
5,443 Adults (includes 5,300 Ag & Natural Resources and 143 Family & Consumer Sciences)

How we reach them:  

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

Expanding our efforts:

300 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community, Master Horsemen, Agriculture & Natural Resources 

Parish Facts  

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide re-search-based information on plant, aquacul-ture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. Martin Parish clientele. The 2010 total dol-lar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises - $47,782,769.
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $29,302,412.
  • Animal enterprises - $12,522,375.

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site:

Population - 52,217
Land area (square miles) - 739.85
Persons under 18 years old - 26.7%
Persons 65 years old and over - 10.9%
Median household income - $37,779
Persons below poverty - 19.5% 

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.  

  • Conduct Sugarcane Field Day
  • Commodity Meetings: Rice, Soybeans, Crawfish
  • Write news column, web page content, and seminars on agriculture practices
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits
  • Yearly Pesticide Recertification Classes

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

  • Acorns of Hope Coastal Tree plantings
  • Tire Recycling Program
  • Conduct Master Farmer Meetings & Field Days
  • Youth Wetlands Program

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

  • Develop and implement service learning projects throughout the parish
  • Conduct educational opportunities for youth through parish Junior Leader Club
  • Trainings for adult volunteers and continue to increase volunteers through recruitment ef-forts.
  • Continue community service projects among members.

4. Strengthen families and communities  

  • Clientele will continue to receive information on Diabetes Awareness.
  • Conduct workshop on safe food storage.
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