Tangipahoa Parish Profile

Joanna Pesson, Ordoyne, Melissa, Wallace, Whitney  |  5/27/2016 7:15:37 PM

Click on the image above for the PDF version of the 2015 Tangipahoa Parish Profile.

Program Highlights

Family, Nutrition and Health

The Family Book Bag is a project promoting better eating, more physical fitness and reading in the home to local kindergarten students in schools in northern Tangipahoa Parish. Each week, students take home a satchel of books to be read in the home. When these are returned to school, the child is rewarded with an incentive promoting physical activity. The books to be read at home encourage better eating and reading at home. This program is a project of the Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community (VFCE) Busy Bee’s, an all-volunteer arm of the LSU Extension Service, and is sponsored by LSU Family & Consumer Sciences Dept. along with donations from local businesses and grants. This project reaches out to 225 students at several different elementary schools.

4-H Youth Development

As a result of establishing the "End to Bullying begins with ME" petition/campaign In Tangipahoa Parish, over 2000 youth and adults have been made aware of the negative impact bullying has on our youth. 100% of youth surveyed strongly agreed that bullying is an important issue and 100% want to strongly continue the "End to Bullying with ME" petition/campaign in Tangipahoa Parish. Education in this area is difficult and takes time. Over time our youth will continue to make a positive impact throughout the parish. 100% of the youth surveyed agreed that it is important to inform our local school board what has been done and what will continue to be done to make an impact on preventing bullying throughout Tangipahoa Parish.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Horticulture-related concerns continue to play a major role in the agriculture industry across the Parish. Numerous calls and home visits are made throughout the year concerning a wide area of horticulture-related problems. The Tangipahoa Parish LSU AgCenter has continued to offer educational seminars to the public, provide access to research-based educational material and provide access to LSU AgCenter specialists in order to address these areas of concern as well as public interest. The LSU AgCenter was also awarded two different grants this past year to help maintain existing school gardens within the Parish. The school gardens were designed by the Tangipahoa Parish LSU AgCenter to incorporate some of the school’s curriculum to the garden and allow it to serve as a teaching tool for the students.


Who we reach.

20,014 - Youth (includes over 1100 4-H members & 35 school 4-H clubs)
54,901 - Adults (33,548 Ag & Natural Resources and 21,353 Family Consumer Sciences)

How we reach them:

4-H clubs, Class series, School enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Websites, Publications, Social media, and TV / Radio / Newspapers.

Expanding our efforts:

544 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family and Community, Master Cattlemen

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Tan-gipahoa Parish clientele. The 2014 total dollar amount from these commodities was: —
  • Plant enterprises - $61,460,354
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $1,007,827
  • Animal enterprises - $35,000,042
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Website.

Population - 127,049
Land area (square miles) - 791.28
Persons under 18 years old - 24.8%
Persons 65 years old and over - 12.5%
Median household income - $40,654
Persons below poverty - 21.2%

Local Issues and Plans for this year

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
  • Conduct Dairy Day in honor of Florida Parishes Dairymen
  • Conduct beef producers’ field day and annual meeting
  • Conduct Florida Parishes Forestry Forum
  • Conduct Camellia Garden Stroll & Spring Garden Day
  • Conduct Master Gardener programs & workshops
  • Present garden workshops
  • 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.
  • Encourage producers to participate in the Master Cattleman / Farmer program
  • Encourage forest landowners to participate in the tree farmer and stewardship programs
  • Conduct pesticide certification and agricultural worker protection programs
3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
  • Develop and implement service learning projects throughout the parish
  • Conduct 4-H officer/leader training
  • Conduct 4-H Junior Leadership programs
  • Conduct organizational management and leadership skills programs through FCE
  • Recruit 4-H Junior Leaders to serve on citizenship; fashion, food and fitness; and science, engineering and technology state 4-H boards
  • Junior Leaders will work with CASA, Character Education projects and school garden members on promoting youth development activities

4. Strengthen families and communities.

  • Nutrition clients will receive training on feeding their families nutritionally on a budget
  • Conduct programs to prevent chronic diseases by teaching proper nutrition
  • Present programs on healthy eating habits and making beneficial food choices
  • Conduct programs on healthy weight management by teaching proper nutrition


4-H and Youth Development
Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR)
Fisheries/Coastal Issues
Animal Production
Beef Cattle
Horticulture/Lawns and Gardens
Pest Management
Urban Forestry
Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS)
Parents Preparing for Success
Family Resource Management
FNP - Family Nutrition Program
Nutrition and Health

How we are funded

You are the local supporters and beneficiaries in the LSU AgCenter's Extension programs. Just 20 percent support keeps these programs in your community.

Your parish extension office offers programs in:

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

Extension Funding
State General Funds: 46.7%
Federal: 17.3%
Local Support Funds, Grants/Contracts: 30.4%
Self -generated Funds: 5.6%

LSU AgCenter Restricted/Unrestricted Funds FY 2015
State General Direct: 72.1%
Federal Funds: 14.5%
Self-generated Funds: 7.6%
Statutory Dedicated: 5.8%

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