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

Family and Consumer Sciences

Healthy Community initiatives are being sparked throughout our parish in an effort to bring unity, nutrition, partnerships and healthier lifestyles. As studies have shown through the Rapides Foundation, 2018, Winn Parish is lacking in residents who participate in a regular physical activity routine, resulting in a rise of obesity and cardiovascular disease.

LSU AgCenter FCS agent has collaborated with the Parks and Recreation to bring more physical activity opportunities to the citizens of Winn Parish, offering nutrition education, safer facilities to exercise/play, as well as a number of organized activities, in order to move health and community development sectors together towards a healthier future.

4-H Youth Development

Winn Parish 4-H has over 700 club members and over 300 volunteers involved in 16 4-H Clubs, one Jr Leader Club, 4-H Outdoor Skills 4-H Woodman Skills and a 4-H Livestock Club.This year the 4-H and Jr. Leaders are focusing their efforts on meeting the needs of others around our parish.The clubs collect items and donate monthly to the local food pantry. The local 4-H Clubs meeting focus this year is Agriculture and each school is working on incorporating square foot gardens at their school.Winn Parish 4-H has members on the 4-H Executive Board, Citizenship Board, SET Board, Wetlands Board, and Shooting Sports Ambassador Board.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Winn Parish is in the Heart of the Timber Industry for the State. Over 92% the land is designated with a timberland use. Landowners are looking at ways to better manage their land and be able to multi crop or have multiple land use options. Many landowners are using a timber and cattle combination as one of those options. Many producers are learning to better manage their forage by using soil sampling through the AgCenter. The average cattle producer has 30-between 30-40 head in the parish.

Whom we reach:

  • 2000 Youth Monthly (includes 700 4-H members and 16 school 4-H Clubs)
  • 2000 Adults Monthly (1400 agriculture and natural resources and 600 family consumer sciences)

How we reach them:

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

Expanding our efforts:

300 youth and adult volunteers from 4-H, Farmers Market, Master Gardeners, Livestock, Outdoor Skills, Forestry/Woodman Skills, family and community

Parish Facts:

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Winn Parish residents. The total dollar amount from these commodities were: Animal enterprises, $34,046,874; aquaculture and wildlife, $189,305; plant enterprises, $60,441,555.

Land area — 950.09 square miles; Population —14,335; Population under 18 years old — 21.0%; Population 65 years old and over — 18.6%; Median Family Household Income — $40,945; Persons below poverty — 27.31%

Local issues and plans for this year

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana agriculture.

  • Conduct Home Grounds Care Program Series.
  • Conduct Farmers Market Fest Field Day.
  • Conduct Forestry Mill Tour
  • Write news column, webpage content and seminars on agriculture practices.
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits.

Promote the wide use of natural resources and protection of the environment.

  • Promote A Walk with Nature to teach the youth the importance of our natural resources.
  • Promote tree plantings after tree harvesting on property.
  • Promote a best management practices for trees on public/private property.
  • Organize and present a forestry mill tour.
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits.

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development.

  • Develop and implement service-learning projects throughout the parish to help those in need.
  • Plant square foot gardens for growing fresh vegetables for the Winn Parish Food Pantry and community.
  • Junior Leaders will work with Winn Parish Food Pantry, character education projects and promoting youth development activities.

Strengthen families and communities

  • Family Nutrition Program clients receive training on feeding their families nutritionally on a budget.
  • Conduct workshops on nutrition, grab and go Boxes, clean-up and house cleaning.
  • Teach classes on reducing credit balances and examining spending habits.

How we are funded:

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:

  • 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 2019-2020:

  • State general direct: 74.9%
  • Federal funds: 13.6%
  • Self-generated: 7.1%
  • Statutory deductions: 4.4%

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture