Union Parish Profile 2016-17

Jennifer Lary, Holmes, Jason E.  |  4/20/2017 1:55:37 PM

Program Highlights

Family, Nutrition and Health

Due to the constant rise of obesity among Louisiana residents, the Union LSU/SU AgCenter focuses on educating the residents of our parish by conducting a series ofnutrition and wellness classes. With the partnership of our Family and Consumer ScienceAssistant Area Agent and our parish SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator, we strive to change the behaviors of our clientele using research-based curriculumstructured for the individual or family component. In addition to making healthier choices, adults and youth learn about budgeting food dollars, food safety and other easy living skills that will assist them in providing a happy, healthyenvironment for their families.

4-H Youth Development
Union Parish 4-H has in-school clubs in the parish’spublic, charter, and private schools reaching 400 youth in the 4th-12th grades.Hands-on educational programs inscience,wetlands, leadership, and social skills areprovided monthly to enrich classroom education. A variety ofafter-school andenrichmentprograms are alsoconducted in archery, shotgun, rifle, pistol,seasonalworkshops, and gardening reachingapproximately 250 youth.Programs are project specific, with an emphasis on safety, character education, building self-esteem and teamwork. Volunteers are utilized in all of the school clubs and after-school programs.Approximately 50 youth and adult volunteers assist with the Union Parish 4-H program.

Agriculture & Natural Resources
In Union Parish, agriculture is big business– contributing millions of dollars to the state’s economy, employingthousand of people and providing many products we use every day.From forestry to produce and fruits, to poultry and beef cattle and much more in between, Union Parish agriculture provides families with food and fiber.It alsoprovides jobs forhundred of farmers, foresters, ranchers, and other agricultural producers, as well as the thousands more involved industries that handle food and fiberproducts along their way to consumers.In total, Union Parish agriculturalproducts contributed $270.4million to the state’s economy as they left the farm gate in 2015.The Union Parish faculty and staff of the LSU AgCenter are proud to support the food and fiber producers of the great parish!

Who we reach.

268 - 4-H youth enrolled in 20 clubs at 6schools.

50– 4-H youth and adult volunteers

445– Family and Consumer Science

135– Cattlemen

65– Poultry Growers

53– Master Gardeners

How we reach them:

4-H clubsClass series
School EnrichmentDemonstrations
Field days Workshops
Newsletters Web sites
Publications Social media

Expanding our efforts:
4-H Project Club Leaders, Master Gardeners

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Union Parish clientele.The 2015 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
—Plant enterprises- $67,566,216.

—Aquaculture and wildlife - $3,134,167.

—Animal enterprises- $199,757,014.
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary
Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary

Population - 22,477

Land area (square miles) - 876.99
Persons under 18 years old -22.7%

Persons 65 years old and over - 14.0%

Median household income - $35,115

Persons below poverty - 22.0%

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

On-farm demonstrations, field days and other seminars.

Provide commodity-specific newsletters and news articles.

Enhance fruit and vegetable producer opportunities.

Conduct farm and home educational visits.

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

Private Pesticide Applicator recertification programs.

Soil and forage sample interpretation.

Educate the public and agricultural producers about urban and agricultural runoff by distributing Best Management Practices literature.

Master Gardener volunteers provide education and outreach activities in the community to help residents achieve environmental sustainability.

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

Provide youth training and opportunities to develop their leadership skills.

Conduct educational programs to youth through 4-H club meetings.

Participate in school and community service-learning projects.

Encourage youth to be involved in community & civic activities.

Provide opportunities to improve communication skills.

4. Strengthen families and communities

Programs will be presented to youth & families to increase their knowledge of healthier food choices.

Provide opportunities for the community to learn more aboutemergency preparedness.

School and community gardens will be used as tools to encourage families to go home and plant vegetable gardens, creating a greater chance for them to access fresher fruits and vegetables.

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