West Baton Rouge Parish Profile

About The LSU AgCenter

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.

Program Highlights

4-H Youth Development

The 2023-2024 school lesson focus for grades 4th-12th is School Gardens. Youth will gain knowledge on how to grow vegetables, herbs, and pollinator plants. In the garden these 4-H youth will not only learn the science about their production but also their nutritional value. Youth are given the opportunity to participate in various camps and workshops that teach them life and leadership skills while creating a sense of belonging to their community. Some of our most popular camps are 4-H Summer Camp, 4-H University, Challenge Camp, LOST Camp, Fashion Camp, Shooting Sports Camp, and Marsh Maneuvers. The 4-H program also offers project clubs such as livestock, shooting sports, and junior leadership.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

As a rural parish just adjacent to a major metropolis, and although known primarily for the substantial development in the petrochemical industry, West Baton Rouge does still have a rich agricultural history. There are 23,744 acres in agronomic row crop production with approximately 150 producers. There are also approximately 40 cattlemen raising about 1,000 head of cattle in West Baton Rouge. Producers here rely on the annual Farm Forum with presentations from specialists and researchers who provide the most current research-based information available. Due to this specialized training, farmers have been able to reduce input costs while having a smaller impact on the environment making them better stewards of the land.

Nutrition Program

There are an abundance of barriers Louisiana residents face that prevent living healthy lives, and offering resources for these challenges to West Baton Rouge residents remains our priority. To address these concerns, a comprehensive nutrition education and physical activity program is provided. The objectives of these nutrition programs are to have adults and youth increase their knowledge of budget-friendly healthful food choices, benefits of increased physical activity, and promote healthy lifestyle habits.

Whom We Reach:

  • 1,200 youth (includes 129 4-H members and 36 school 4-H Clubs)
  • 3,996 adults (3,548 through agriculture and natural resources and 448 through family consumer sciences)

How We Reach Them:

4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, website, social media, and workshops.

Expanding Our Efforts:

100 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners, family and community and Master Horseman.

Parish Facts:

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife, and animal enterprises to West Baton Rouge Parish residents. The total dollar amount from these commodities in 2020 were: Animal enterprises, $2,379,279; aquaculture and wildlife, $1,470,647; plant enterprises, $29,008,199.

Land area — 192.35 square miles; Population —28,034; Population under 18 years old — 24.6%; Population 65 years old and over — 14.8%; Median household income — $72,391; Persons below poverty — 15.2%; Residents without health insurance – 7.7%

Local Issues and Plans for This Year:

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture

  • Conduct on-farm variety trials in corn and soybeans.
  • Make home and farm visits to provide educational information to solve problems.
  • Certify Private Pesticide Applicators and Worker Protection Standards (WPS) through Farm Forum.
  • Conduct prescribed burn management certifications.
  • Work with NRCS to promote conservation programs.

Increase Healthy Living through horticulture and environmental stewardship

  • Promote Best Management Practices (BMP) for gardens, lawns, landscapes, and fruit/vegetable trees.
  • Conduct school garden programs to educate youth about healthy lifestyles.
  • Westside Master Gardener Program

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development

  • Conduct school enrichment programs for youth to gain knowledge and increase their “Life Skills” to help them succeed as they get older.
  • Junior Leaders will participate in yearly service-learning project.
  • Offer camp opportunities to strengthen independence of 4-H Youth.
  • Create belonging for youth and adults by using social media.
  • Continue hands-on workshops for youth.
  • Promote outdoor safety through the 4-H Outdoor Skills Program.

Strengthen families and community through nutrition and physical activity

  • Provide educational opportunities on nutrition education, budget-friendly awareness, and chronic disease prevention.
  • Conduct community forums, assessments, and other community engagement to assess public health hurdles amongst the parish.
  • Recruit coalition and stakeholders to assist in developing plans to better support healthy lifestyles for residents.
  • Conduct policy, system, and environmental changes to create opportunities for people to eat healthy and get physically active.
  • Increase the community’s awareness, knowledge, and capacity about healthier lifestyle choices to improve health outcomes by accessing available resources.

Extension Funding
FY 2022-2023

How we are funded:

You are the local supporters and beneficiaries of the LSU AgCenter extension programs. Your support keeps these programs in your communities.

Your parish extension office offers programs in:

  • Sustaining Louisiana agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • Building leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development
  • Family, nutrition and health to enhance the quality of life for Louisiana’s citizens

LSU AgCenter State Appropriated Funds for FY 2022-2023:

  • State General Direct: 78.01%
  • Federal Funds: 12.06%
  • Self-Generated: 6.31%
  • Statutory Dedications: 3.62%

For the latest research-based information on just about anything, visit our website: LSUAgCenter.com

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture