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 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.
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.
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.
4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, website, social media, and workshops.
100 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners, family and community and Master Horseman.
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%
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