LaSalle Parish Profile 2018-19

E. Lavone Boyd  |  3/15/2019 6:48:59 PM

Physical Address:

1050 Courthouse St Room 1
LaSalle Parish Courthouse
Mailing Address:
P O Box 101
Jena LA 71342

Office Hours:

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 318-992-2205
Fax: 318-992-7338
Email:
lasalle@agcenter.lsu.edu

Web site:
LSUAgCenter.com/lasalle


Silas Cecil
Parish Chair, 4-H Agent
scecil@agcenter.lsu.edu


LaVone Boyd
Administrative Coordinator
eboyd@agcenter.lsu.edu

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Keith Hawkins
Associate Area Extension Agent
Horticulture/Lawn &Garden


Robbie Hutchins
Associate Area Agent
Forestry & Wildlife

Jim McCann
Area Extension Agent
Ag & Row Crops

Christene Strickland
Nutrition Educator

Programs
4-H and Youth Development
Citizenship/Leadership
Healthy Living
Science, Engineering &
Technology

Agriculture & Natural
Resources (ANR)
Horticulture/Lawn & Gardens
Pest Management
Beef Cattle
Family Nutrition & Health
SNAP Ed

Healthy Living
Nutrition & Health

Program Highlights

4-H Youth Development
“Learn by Doing” is the premise of the LaSalle Parish 4-H
Program.
In LaSalle Parish, 4-H is a vital part of the educational process with active clubs in all parish public and private schools, reaching 363 youth in third through twelfth grades. The
parish is concentrating on initiatives that include Workforce Preparation, Character Education, Leadership, and
Community Service-Learning based on Mission Mandates: Science, Engineering and Technology.
The LaSalle Parish Junior Leadership Club is a priority for the parish. The parish-wide, 31 member club offers youth in Jr. and Sr. High the opportunity for greater participation in the
4-H program. The club focus is service learning and civic
impact.
The 4-H Youth Wetlands Education & Outreach Program is an enrichment program implemented by volunteers within LaSalle Parish. Designed to heighten students’ awareness of Louisiana’s wetland loss throughout the academic year. Currently 694 youth are enrolled in the program with 18 teacher volunteers.
The LaSalle Parish 4-H Outdoor Skills - Shooting Sports Club is a youth educational program conducted by the LSU AgCenter and volunteer instructors and parents of 87 youth that participate. The Shooting Sports Program's objects are to teach youth about firearms, firearm safety, hunting safety, marksmanship, hunting ethics and responsibility and other outdoor related skills. LaSalle parish currently has 17 -Level 1 Instructors that foster a caring positive experience with firearms for the youth in a safe environment, which will be a continuation of a lifetime of enjoyment.

Family, Nutrition & Health
SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) is our nutrition intervention program.
The program is designed to assist primarily SNAP eligible recipients make wise food choices that are healthy and safe. The program also helps families select and prepare meals consistent with their cultural traditions, while improving their overall health. Participants in SNAP-Ed learn valuable information through food taste-testing, parenting and childcare education and nutritional education. As a result, many residents of LaSalle Parish have reported an improvement in their quality of life.

Agriculture & Natural Resources
LaSalle Parish has a varied group of agriculture producers. These include those with small acreages of row crops, part-time beef producers and home gardeners. Safe and proper uses of pesticides and fertilizers as well as general horticulture (gardens, ornamentals, and turf) are of great interest to all. In order to help producers and public alike, the LSU AgCenter presents the latest researched-based recommendations through home visits, publication correspondence, mass media, and social media.

Who we reach.
1,367 Youth
Includes 4-H Members,
Youth Wetlands, Family & Health

3,500 Adults
Includes Ag & Natural Resources
Family, Nutrition, & Health

How we reach them:

4-H clubs Class series
School Enrichment Demonstrations
Field days Workshops
Newsletters Web sites
Publications Social media


Expanding our efforts:
115 Adult and Youth Volunteers

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Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to LaSalle Parish clientele.The 2017 total
dollar amount from these commodities were:
—Plant enterprises- $45,066,760.

—Aquaculture and wildlife - $4880,831

—Animal enterprises- $2419,811.
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary
Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary


Population - 14,933

Land area (square miles) - 624.68
Persons under 18 years old -23.1%
Persons 65 years old and over - 16.4%
Median household income - $34,712
Persons below poverty - 18.4%

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Local Issues & Plans for this year

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

  • Provide opportunities for youth voice and ownership programs.
  • Provide education and conduct activities to encourage safety among youth and adults.
  • Encourage pride in the community and develop leadership skills among youth.
  • Encourage healthy living for all youth.
  • Recruit and train adult and junior leaders.

2. Strengthen families and communities

  • Conduct nutrition education programs for families and youth.
  • Encourage 4-H members and other youth to develop healthy habits related to diet and exercise.
  • Promote character education among families and groups.

3. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture

  • Use regular mail, e-mail distribution, web page, social media, home/farm visits, newsletters, and news columns to disseminate timely information and publications.
  • Quarterly distribution of Horticulture Hints.
  • Provide research-based information on home grounds and gardens.

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

  • Apply a holistic approach towards best management practices through researched based recommendations.
  • Recruit schools to participate in the youth wetlands week.


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