Richland Parish Profile 2016-2017

Hasseltine C. Kirschenbaum, Collins, R. Keith  |  3/27/2017 4:04:50 PM

Program Highlights

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Agriculture educational programs provide researched based information in crop production, beef cattle forages, commercial vegetables, pecans and peaches as well as small gardens, lawns/turf and ornamental horticulture. Richland Parish has a diverse crop production including corn, soybeans, cotton, wheat, rice, grain sorghum, peanuts and sweet potatoes. Information is disseminated through mailing lists, email distribution lists, text blasts, news columns, farm and home visits, production meetings, demonstrations, verification programs and field days. Richland Parish hosts the annual NELA Rice Forum & Field Day, NELA Crops Forum and NELA Beef/Forage Field Day. Pesticide safety is conducted through four private applicator recertifications and handler certifications/recertifications for farm workers.

4-H Youth Development

Providing an opportunity for every child to participate in 4-H is a priority in Richland Parish. Competitive events such as the giant pumpkin, photography, cookery, poster, shooting sports and 4-HU are promoted to give all youth, regardless of socio-economic standing, a chance to compete with the hope of winning or placing. Overnight camping is also an important opportunity that fosters independence, community living and belonging. 4-H Summer Camp (4th—6th graders), Challenge Camp (7th—8th graders), Jr. Leadership Camp (8th-11th graders), Co-Op Camp (8th—11th graders), Fashion Camp (4th—6th graders), Food & Fitness Camp (4th—6th graders), and LOST Camp (7th—8th graders), are promoted and attended by youth. Youth who receive free or reduced lunches are qualified to receive a scholarship to help defray expenses to attend these camps. The Science, Engineering & Technology mission mandate is emphasized heavily in Richland Parish. The 4-H Agent teaches enrichment classes at schools in the parish targeting 5th and 7th graders. Lessons focus on science, environmental science and renewable energy.

Family & Consumer Sciences

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program provides research-based information to help individuals and families increase their nutrition knowledge on a day-to-day basis. The mission of EFNEP is to empower limited-income families with young children to make informed decisions about food purchasing, food safety and meal management. Upon completion of the program, participants should be able to solve problems related to their family’s food dollars and meal management, which, in turn, will help them become more efficient in meeting their family’s needs. Residents within our community are gathered at various sites throughout the parish such as housing authorities, schools and also group home settings where they are taught the importance of nutrition. Our nutrition programs offered within the school are the Farm to Table Nutrition Exhibits, Germ Cave and Family Nutrition Night Kit. Educational day nutrition programs such as cooking camps are held during the summer months for our youth as well. Monthly news articles on nutrition and healthy living along with recipes are published in the local newspapers monthly. Approximately 4,502 youth and 1,667 adults were taught about living a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and health.

Who we reach:

1,500 Youth (includes 496 4-H members and 17 school 4-H clubs)

725 Adults — Ag & Natural Resources

1,667 Adults — Family Consumer Sciences

4,502 Youth — Family Consumer Sciences

How we reach them:

4-H Clubs; School enrichment; Field days; Newsletters; Publications; Phone contact; Group meetings; Email; Texas messaging; Class series; Demonstrations; Workshops; Web sites; Social media; Classes; News columns; Facebook

Expanding our efforts:

335 Volunteers -
4-H, ANR. EFNEP volunteers, Body Walk, shooting sports, livestock, field days, crop demonstrations, Advisory Council meetings, Facebook.

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Richland Parish clientele. The 2015 farm gate value of these commodities were:
—Plant enterprises - $76,466,639

—Fisheries & Wildlife enterprises - $838,728

—Animal enterprises - $20,568,115
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary
Web site:

Population - 20,523

Land area (square miles) - 559.04
Persons under 18 years old - 24.8%

Persons 65 years old and over - 15.8%

Median household income - $36,421

Persons in poverty - 24.7%

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Conduct commodity production meetings and field days.
  • Use regular mail, email distributions, Web page, newsletter and news columns as well as Facebook group page to disseminate timely information and publications.
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits.
  • Conduct variety and related on-farm demonstrations.
  • Work closely with commodity groups and farm organizations.

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

  • Give youth the opportunity to gain leadership skills through club officer positions, Junior Leader Club, contests and workshops.
  • Club lessons this year focus on preventing bullying.
  • Club leaders are recruited to organize the school clubs, provide overall leadership and serve as a liaison between the school and parish 4-H staff.
  • Leaders for project clubs are recruited to work with youth as instructors. Through these clubs, youth are given the opportunity to have the four basic human needs met. All 4-H programs and clubs focus on belonging.

3. Family, Nutrition, & Health

  • Conduct weekly nutrition education programs for youth and adult clientele.
  • Implement cooking schools for adult and youth clientele.
  • Implement physical activity programs to stress the importance of exercising.
  • Collaborate with other health and wellness groups to create community based peer/focus groups related to nutrition for the youth clientele.
  • Collaborate with elementary schools to provide the Farm to Table nutrition exhibits, Germ Cave, and Family Nutrition Night programs.
  • Use news articles, Facebook page and Twitter to publish nutrition information.
  • Distribute nutrition fact sheets to participants in the Food for Seniors and commodity distribution programs.

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