Ricky L. Kilpatrick | 5/1/2017 7:32:32 PM
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:
Expanding our efforts:
10 Volunteers - Club Leaders, Shooting Sports, Livestock, Contest Judges, Youth Wetlands eek, Teachers, Master Naturalists, Environmental Facilitators
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: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
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.
2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
4. Strengthen families and communities.