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.
Our community has identified a need for SET (Science, Engineering, and Technology) experiences. Many of our youth are not going on to pursue careers in any of these fields. To help meet this need, the LSU AgCenter and 4-H have teamed up to deliver a SET Lesson Study theme for the 2019-2020 school year. At every 4-H meeting, 4-H’ers perform an experiment that follows school science standards. These experiments give the 4-H’ers hands on experience with SET and also provide career exploration opportunities at the end of every meeting. As a result of this program, several of our middle school students have expressed an interest in attending our Louisiana Science, Outdoor, and Technology Camp and the Elementary 4-H’ers are going to participate in the SET Track at 4-H Camp Grant Walker this summer.
In 2018, the value of Agriculture and Natural Resources topped 25.77 million dollars with timber and cattle production being the largest agricultural enterprises.The parish has a unique agriculture base being home to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.Agriculture enterprises include timber, cattle, hay, corn, cotton, soybeans, hunting leases, and fruit and vegetable production. The horticulture agent coordinates the Feliciana Master Gardener Program where horticulture enthusiasts are trained to provide research based educational information to the public.There are currently 25 Master Gardener volunteers who have volunteered over 625 hours for the program.
Children who are exposed to fruit and vegetable gardens are more likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Research shows that children who plant, grow, harvest, and prepare fruits and vegetables can’t wait to try them, thus their experiences contribute to the development of healthy eating habits. 91 nutrition and gardening classes reaching 350 kindergarten and first graders were conducted at Bains Lower Elementary. A pre-posttest design was used to evaluate the program with 175 1st grade students to assess changes in their knowledge regarding healthy foods. Children were tested on their knowledge of nutrition and garden concepts that were taught. The pretest and posttest responses from 137 participants indicated statistically significant changes in responses (p<.017) from pretest to posttest in the following areas: nutrition knowledge, garden knowledge, and eating fruit.
760 youth (includes 235 4-H members from 5 4-H Clubs and At Large Membership, 175 2nd graders participating in School Gardens at Bains Elementary, and 350 kindergarteners and 1st graders at Bains Lower Elementary participating in nutrition & school gardens)
24,880 adults (Agriculture and Natural Resources and Family & Consumer Sciences)
4-H clubs, farm and home educational visits, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, website, social media, email updates, and workshops.
68 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners, and Family & Consumer Sciences
LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, wildlife and animal enterprises to West Feliciana Parish residents. The total dollar amount from these commodities were: Animal enterprises, $7,430,936; aquaculture and wildlife, $3,513,491; plant enterprises, $14,833,666.
Land area — 403.21 square miles; Population —15,460; Population under 18 years old — 16.2%; Population 65 years old and over — 15%; Median household income — $55,647; Persons below poverty — 21%
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: