Jennifer Lary | 11/15/2017 10:11:58 PM
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 of nutrition and wellness classes. With the partnership of our Family and Consumer Science Assistant Area Agent and our parish SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator, we strive to change the behaviors of our clientele using research-based curriculum structured 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, healthy environment for their families.
4-H Youth Development
Union Parish 4-H has in-school clubs in the parish’s public, charter, and private schools reaching 400 youth in the 4th-12th grades. Hands-on educational programs in science, wetlands, leadership, and social skills are provided monthly to enrich classroom education. A variety of after-school and enrichment programs are also conducted in archery, shotgun, rifle, pistol, seasonal workshops, and gardening reaching approximately 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, employing thousand 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 also provides jobs for hundred of farmers, foresters, ranchers, and other agricultural producers, as well as the thousands more involved industries that handle food and fiber products along their way to consumers. In total, Union Parish agricultural products contributed $254.5million to the state’s economy as they left the farm gate in 2016. 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 6 schools.
50– 4-H youth and adult volunteers
445-Family and Consumer Science
How we reach them:
4-H club Class series
School Enrichment Demonstrations
Field days Workshops
Newsletters Web sites
Publications Social media
Expanding our efforts:
Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Union Parish clientele. The 2016 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
—Plant enterprises - $67,566,216.
—Aquaculture and wildlife - $4,888,520.
—Animal enterprises - $196,858,345.
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 about emergency 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.