The LSU AgCenter is dedicated to providing innovative research, information and education to improve people’s lives. Working in a 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 nutrition programs include the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Education and General Nutrition (Flavors of Health) programs.We offer education to the SNAP eligible public and the general public on food practices consistent with the most updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA MyPlate food icon. Participants in the programs gain knowledge needed to make healthier food choices on a budget while improving overall health and wellness and decreasing the risks of child and adult obesity. Flavors of Health provides classes and workshops on variety of topics that empower individuals and families to make healthy choices to live their most healthful lives.Programs include:Healthy Communities, Smart Portions, Dining with Diabetes, SMALL Changes, Health Habits, Faithful Families:Eating Smarter Moving More, Lunch and Learns, Food Safety, and outreach initiatives.
Washington Parish 4-H programming has continued to grow over the last five years. Every public and private school within the parish has a 4-H Club. 4-H in Washington Parish continues to offer traditional programming for members, as well as workshops and numerous opportunities for members to collaborate with each other to shape parish programming. Washington Parish members continue to make their mark on Louisiana 4-H with the participation on state leadership boards, participation in state leadership activities and their willingness to step outside of their comfort zone when at state and regional 4-H events.
Gardening and lawn care bring pleasure to many people and, in many cases, provide a source of nutritious fruits and vegetables. Gardeners and homeowners need reliable information upon which to base decisions about plant selection and maintenance (pest management, fertilization, etc.), in order to avoid unnecessary expenses and wasteful fertilizer and pesticide applications. Weekly newspaper articles are an efficient way to reach a large number of people with science-based gardening and lawn care information. “Let’s Get Growing” articles are sent weekly to two local papers with distributions totaling approximately 7000 people.
4-H School Clubs, School Gardens, Master Gardener Class, Facebook, Seminars, Demonstrations, Newsletters, Publications, Grower Meetings, Field Days and Home Visits.
120 volunteers from 4-H Club Leaders, 4-H Livestock, 4-H Junior Leadership, Master Gardeners and Family and Consumer Sciences.
LSU AgCenter agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. Tammany Parish residents. The total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Land Area — 676 square miles; Population —46,582; Population under 18 years old — 24.1%; Population 65 years old and over — 17.9%; Median Household Income — $32,962; Persons Below Poverty — 23.1%
Increase Productivity and Profitability of Louisiana Agriculture:
Promote the Wise Use of Natural Resources and Protection of the Environment:
How the LSU AgCenter can assist the community to address the current Parish situation:
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: