West Baton Rouge Parish Profile 2016

Jaye Guerin  |  3/9/2017 4:49:38 PM

Program Highlights

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Through continued education efforts such as on-farm result demonstrations, grower meetings and news articles, producers are provided with information on varieties and best management practices. Growers were able to incorporate these practices into their operations to help increase profitability.

In addition, through pesticide recertification, residents and producers are educated in worker protection standards, spray control and proper planning of chemical applications.

4-H Youth Development

West Baton Rouge 4-H teaches science-based lessons through experiential learning techniques. West Baton Rouge 4-H has four project clubs that emphasize different subject areas included in the 4-H curriculum. Our project clubs include sewing (Fashion Forward), robotics, shooting sports and livestock. The project clubs allow participants to gain first-hand experience with the project that will allow them to apply that knowledge later in life.

West Baton Rouge 4-H is also focused on providing service in our community. Each year West Baton Rouge 4-H holds a “Holiday Canned Food Drive,” which collects canned goods throughout the parish to donate to the local Food Bank.

The 4-H motto is “Learn by Doing,” and we try to follow that motto in all our West Baton Rouge 4-H programming.

Family, Nutrition & Health
Our Nutrition Programs offer many resources to assist residents in making better healthier choices for their families. Classes teach individuals how to select foods that meet their nutritional needs, become more physically active, fix healthful low-cost meals, stretch food dollars, and handle and store food so that it will not spoil and last longer.

The Healthy Community Initiative in West Baton Rouge Parish is designed to improve the nutrition and health of the SNAP-Ed eligible community members using a model that may be replicated across the state. The community development project will promote broad programs in health and nutrition education and physical activity opportunities in the parish.

Who we reach:

7701 Youth (includes 305 4-H members & 14 school 4-H clubs, and Head Starts)
2540 Adults
1340 Ag & Natural Resources
1200 Family, Nutrition & Health

How we reach them:

4-H Clubs, Class series, School enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Websites, Publications, Social media.

Expanding our efforts:

150 Volunteers: 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community, Master Horsemen, and AgCenter Supporters.

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, fisheries, wildlife and animal enterprises to West Baton Rouge Parish clientele. The 2012 total dollar amounts from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises – $25,480,555.00.
  • Fisheries and wildlife – $1,361,948.00.
  • Animal enterprises – $2,790,932.00.

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary www.lsuagcenter.com/agsummary

Population – 25,490
Land area (square miles) – 192.39
Persons under 18 years old – 24.6%%
Persons 65 years old and over – 12.2%
Median household income – $53,703.00
Persons below poverty – 15.1%

Local issues & plans for this year

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture.

  • Conduct sugarcane field day.
  • Conduct Tri-Parish Farm Forum.
  • Coordinate Master Gardener training.
  • Write news column and send articles to producers by email.
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits.
  • Continue to promote and certify farmers in all three phases of the Louisiana Master Farmer Program.

2. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.

  • Develop and implement service-learning projects throughout the parish.
  • Continue to promote and expand project clubs such as sewing, robotics and outdoor skills.
  • Junior Leaders will continue work with Keep WBR Beautiful and other community projects.
  • Continue to promote science and math education through 4-H lessons and programming.

3. Strengthen families and communities and help with making better nutrition decisions.

  • Recruit one Smart Bodies school for the 2013-14 school year.
  • Offer general nutrition classes throughout the parish.
  • Implement the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) by recruiting clientele through Head Start meetings, food banks, health unit, community centers, health fairs, community events, churches, etc.
  • Continue to teach lessons from the Let’s Eat for the Health of It curriculum at the Council on Aging and local Health Unit.
  • Host at least three family nutrition nights during the year.
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