Bossier Parish Profile 2016-17

Ricky L. Kilpatrick  |  5/1/2017 7:32:32 PM

Program Highlights

Family, Nutrition and Health

Through the Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program, federal dollars are used in Bossier Parish to work with limited resource families and youth. The AgCenter EFNEP agent provides lessons on/nutrition health, improving diet, etc. to improve personal health, development and overall nutritional welfare. The agent works with at least 100 families and numerous youth each year, including the Bossier Parish Young Marines.

4-H Youth Development

The educational focus for the school year is “Qualities of a 4-H’er” including topics of personality types, self-esteem building, diversity, risky behaviors and community service participation. The Lighthouse, Bossier Council on Aging, The Gingerbread House and The Salvation Army were adopted to receive donations. Bossier 4-H’ers donated 6,869 pens and pencils, 500 folders, 3,015 packages of Ramen noodle soup, 304 boxes of Hamburger Helper, 4,472 crayons, 952 bars of soap, 176 bottles of lotion, 941 combs/brushes, 4,391 cheese cracker packs, 3,054 Li’l Debbie snacks, 986 granola bars, 15,431 baby wipes, 1,319 children’s books and 10,437 forks. These donations saved the organizations about $15,000. The Bossier Parish Shooting Sports program recently had a drastic 64% increase in membership to 185 participants. Trained volunteer coaches worked with youth in various disciplines, including shotgun, advanced shotgun, archery, advanced archery, BB gun, muzzle loading, .22 pistol, .22 rifle and hunting skills. Ninety-seven 4-H’ers competed in the North-ern Regional Shooting Sports competition and 48 qualified and competed in the State Shooting Sports competition.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Several agricultural and natural resource educational programs are offered for Bossier Parish residents and landowners. Forest land accounts for 61% of Bossier Parish acreage. Recently, seminars have been conducted on whitetail deer management, forest land taxes, feral hogs, yard tree care and other topics. The quarterly Timber Tales newsletter provides useful information for forest landowners. Horses, cattle, home gardens, hay and soybeans also play a big role in Bossier Parish agriculture. Soil analysis/interpretation is provided for Bossier farmers, gardeners and homeowners. Training is given for pesticide applicators, arborists and loggers. Conservation education is provided through workshops for teachers and education majors at area universities. The growing Northwest Louisiana Master Naturalist Program is in its fourth year with the AgCenter providing some of the training.

Report to Your Parish Stakeholders

Who we reach:

29,683 - Youth (includes 1225 4-H members & 29 4-H clubs)

13,452 - Adults (includes 3,548 Ag & Natural Resources contacts and 675 Timber Tales newsletter recipients)

How we reach them:

4-H clubs
School enrichment
Field days
Class series
Web sites
Social media

Expanding our efforts:

10 Volunteers - Club Leaders, Shooting Sports, Livestock, Contest Judges, Youth Wetlands eek, Teachers, Master Naturalists, Environmental Facilitators

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Bossier Parish clientele. The 2014 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

—Plant enterprises - $39,358,000

—Aquaculture and wildlife - $2,041,696

—Animal enterprises - $42,939,142

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site:

Population - 125,064

Land area (square miles) - 840

Persons under 18 years old - 25.3%

Persons 65 years old and over - 12.5%

Median household income - $53,248

Persons below poverty - 14.3%

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Conduct Ark-La-Tex Forestry Forum
  • Publish quarterly Timber Tales newsletter, providing forestry and wildlife educational information.
  • Provide latest information on feral hog control, emerald ash borer and other forest/agricultural pests
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits
  • Provide urban forestry and yard tree educational programming for homeowners, city and parish employees and community groups.
  • Conduct seminar of forest taxes and marketing

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

  • Conduct Conservation Education workshops for teachers and education majors within the parish and region
  • Conduct seminars, provide information and promote the use of Forestry Best Management Practices
  • Provide youth environmental programs for 4-H, schools, scouts and other groups
  • Assist parish governing bodies with natural resource expertise needs

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

  • Provide fine arts opportunities through youth devel-opment
  • Provide parish contests focused on various hand-made arts & crafts items
  • Provide a curriculum based project club focused on photography
  • Help in the promotion of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program and Contest

4. Strengthen families and communities.

  • Provide foods, nutrition/health educational programs for limited resource families and youth
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