St. Bernard Parish Profile 2016-17

J. Wayne Burgess  |  4/20/2017 2:43:02 PM

Program Highlights

Family & Consumer Sciences

The St. Bernard Parish Volunteers for Family and Community have worked in cooperation with the LSU AgCenter for the past 17 years. Members of the SBLVFC have gotten the community involved through sponsorships for their annual 4-H Scholarship Award. The SBLVFC volunteer their considerable time and effort during AgMagic on the River. They provide meals and also act as tour guides for some of the exhibits.

4-H Youth & Family Development

One of the key issues facing St. Bernard Parish is coastal restoration. Though a combined effort of parish government, school board, Chalmette High School and the LSU AgCenter, this issue is being addressed. A total of 62 teachers participated in Youth Wetlands Week to increase the awareness of wetland issues with youth. A total of 3,000 students were reached.

The Meraux Foundation has partnered with LSU AgCenter to present AgMagic on the River. This is a four-day agricultural event for third-fifth grade students in the metropolitan region. Youth learn about all facets of Louisiana agriculture through hands on educational sessions. Over 3,500 students participate in this annual event.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

The LSU AgCenter provides resources through educational workshops, lectures and publications to the residents of St. Bernard Parish. Ongoing projects include school gardens, tree plantings and home gardens. The Sea Grant Fisheries Agent provides leadership to seafood fisherman, commercial and recreational fisherman and participates in waterfront projects such as the South shore direct and safe harbor project.

St. Bernard Parish Extension Office

8201 West Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, LA 70043

Web site: Bernard

Office Hours:
8:00a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Wayne Burgess
Parish Chair

Lauren Faust
4-H Agent

Dominique Seibert
Sea Grant Fisheries

Jan Morgan
Nutrition Educator 1


4-H and Youth & Family Development
Louisiana Wetlands
Responsible Pet Care
Reptile Fun
4-H Camp
Cookery Contest
4-H Universlity
4-H LOST Camp

Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR)

Environmental Education|
Horticulture/Lawns and Gardens
Pest Management
Coastal Restoration

Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Community Outreach

AgMagic on the River
Tour of Homes

Who we reach.

7,560 - Youth (includes 765 4-H members & 22 school 4-H clubs)
4,000 - Adults
2,200 Ag & Natural Resources
1,800 Family Consumer Sciences

How we reach them:

4-H clubs
Class series
School Enrichment
Field days
Social media

Expanding our efforts:
150 Volunteers - 4-H, Coastal Restoration, Family & Community

Report to Your Parish Stakeholders

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. Bernard Parish clientele. The 2016 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
—Plant enterprises - $2,301,931

—Aquaculture and wildlife - $23,932,397

—Animal enterprises - $844,838

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary

Web site:

Population - 44,409
Land area (square miles) - 377.52
Persons under 18 years old - 27.6%
Persons 65 years old and over - 9.3%
Median household income - $41,235
Persons below poverty - 17.7%

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Conduct educational lectures for hobby citrus growers/horticulture/fisherman
  • Write news articles, web page content and seminars on agriculture
  • Conduct farm and home visits

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

  • Focus on St. Bernard LSU/Sea Grant
  • Hurricane recovery programs for commercial/recreational/fishery sector
  • Louisiana Crab Task Force and Louisiana Catfish Promotion and Research
  • Advisory capacity for parish officials
  • Sustainable use of resources by parish citizens

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

  • St. Bernard Parish Junior Leader Club helps youth develop leadership and citizenship through service learning projects
  • Youth Wetlands Week helps youth gain an appreciation and knowledge about the importance of our wetlands
  • Youth are educated in SET through participating in parish, regional and state 4-H evevts and programs

Strengthen families and communities

  • Community Outreach
  • St. Bernard Parish LVFC club programming
  • Meraux Foundation
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