St. Charles Parish Profile 2016-17

Kali Zammit  |  5/1/2017 5:22:51 PM

Program Highlights

4-H Youth Development
The St. Charles Parish 4-H Youth Development Program enables youth to gain important life skills through participation in age-appropriate experiential learning activities conducted in school, community, and other 4-H club enrichment programs. In 2016, the St. Charles Parish 4-H Program focused on teaching youth about financial education through hands-on simulations and lessons. Over 600 youth gained knowledge and experience of utilizing decision-making and financial management skills by participating in real-life economic situations. The LSU AgCenter’s LYFE (Living Your Financial Experience) Program was implemented in all St. Charles Parish public middle schools. By participating in the LYFE program, 94% of youth learned the importance of budgeting, will manage their money by developing and following a budget, and will make wise purchase decisions to live within their means.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Sugarcane production, along with soybeans, commercial vegetables and beef cattle, represent a competitive and viable agriculture industry in St. Charles Parish and is valued highly for its economic contribution to the local economy. The LSU AgCenter serves a major resource to St. Charles Parish agriculture producers in providing up-to-date research-based information, training and advisement. In 2016, the LSU AgCenter conducted a variety of local and statewide agricultural educational programs that included commodity grower meetings, field day events, and on-site farm visits. These educational program opportunities, delivered by the LSU AgCenter, provided needed research information that assisted the ability of agriculture producers to conduct and maintain efficient farm management operations and profitability.

Volunteerism & Leadership
Volunteers are an important and valued resource to the LSU AgCenter. During 2016, a total of 145 volunteers in St. Charles Parish assisted the LSU AgCenter through active participation by providing educational recommendations as Advisory Board members, horticulture advice as Master Gardeners, or guidance and leadership as 4-H volunteer leaders. Collectively, these volunteers contributed a total of 1,875 service hours in 2016 to enhance the ability of the LSU AgCenter to deliver quality and effective educational outreach programs that reached over 13,000 citizens in St. Charles Parish.

Who we reach.

7,500 - Youth (includes potential public, private and parochial schools enrollment)

429 4-H club members & 21 parish 4-H club programs

5,600 - Adults

3,200 Ag & Natural Resources

2,400 Family Consumer Sciences

How we reach them:

4-H clubs Class Series Field Days

Demonstrations Workshops Websites

Newsletters Publications

Social media School Enrichment

Expanding our efforts:

145 Volunteers -

4-H youth and adult volunteers, Master Gardeners, Master Cattlemen & Agriculture/Horticulture Commodity Advisory Members

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. Charles Parish clientele. The 2015 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

—Plant enterprises - $8,868,480.

—Aquaculture and wildlife - $404,758.

—Animal enterprises - $4,054,533.

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary

Population - 52,923

Land area (square miles) - 279.08

Persons under 18 years old - 25.3%

Persons 65 years old and over - 12.0%

Median household income - $59,990

Persons below poverty - 11.8%

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Conduct Master Gardener and Master Cattlemen training programs
  • Conduct greenhouse and vegetable variety trial demonstrations
  • Conduct producer meetings and farm and home visits
  • Provide advisement and educational training to horticulture clientele

2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.

  • Educate and involve youth in Louisiana wetlands solutions and restoration
  • Conduct pesticide applicators and worker protection standards certifications
  • Promote Best Management Practices (BMP) and Integrated Pest Management (IMP) programs
  • Conduct waste reduction and recycling educational programs
  • Conduct training that promotes conservation stewardship

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

  • Provide opportunities for youth to participate in service-learning projects
  • Recruit youth and adult volunteers and conduct volunteer trainings
  • Provide youth with tools for developing communication and leadership skills
  • Provide youth with opportunities to develop a sense of belonging, independence, generosity, and mastery

4. Strengthen families and communities

  • Promote healthy lifestyles through participation in 4-H activities
  • Conduct healthy living programs for youth and families
  • Provide opportunities for youth and families to practice healthy living
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