Tangipahoa Parish Profile 2017

Joanna Pesson, Ordoyne, Melissa  |  11/6/2017 5:26:07 PM

Program Highlights

Family, Nutrition and Health

The incidence of youth obesity is rising at alarming rate, not only in Tangipahoa Parish, but across the country. Thirteen hundred twenty five youth learned to make healthy food choices especially when selecting snacks, the importance of fruits and vegetables in the diet and the role exercise plays in improving health in a six week series of classes. Participants also toured the LSU AgCenter’s Body Walk exhibit. As a result of participating in this program, 30% of youth reported including at least one new fruit or vegetable in their diet and, according to exercise logs, ¼ increased the amount of exercise they do weekly by 30 minutes.

4-H Youth Development

Tangipahoa Parish 4-H’ers raised funds in order to provide Christmas presents to the residents of the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home. One of the Tangipahoa Parish Adult leaders volunteered to make 50 Christmas Stockings. The Jr Leaders gathered age appropriate gifts and had a Christmas stocking decorating and stuffing party. Twenty Jr Leaders and 15 adult volunteers traveled to Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home to deliver the stockings to the residents.

As a result of this project, over 2000 youth and adults in Tangipahoa Parish have been made aware of the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home. This experience opened many of the 4-Her’s eyes as to how Foster Care can impact a child’s life. Going to the home made the Tangipahoa Parish 4-Her’s realize how fortunate they really are. The children at the home had a wonderful day opening their stockings and visiting with the 4-H’ers. 100% of the youth surveyed strongly agreed that they wanted to continue to serve the home throughout the year and in years to come. 100% of the youth also agreed that they wanted to inform the community about the home and the importance of helping children and their families who need help in times of crisis. The impact of this project was as rewarding to the Tangipahoa Parish 4-Her’s as it was to the children and young adults of the home.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Louisiana’s coastline is being eroded daily. Tangipahoa Parish residents are concerned about this erosion and decided to do something to address it. A comprehensive effort was undertaken including a tree planting program in Coastal parishes to help preserve the areas from storm surge and wind damage. Over 100 youth and adults learned about tree planting and planted 700 live oaks in the coastal areas of the parish. Another 2000 trees were donated by the Louisiana Dept. of AG & Forestry and were planted by over 300 residents to expand this effort.

Who we reach:

42,875 - Youth (includes 1250 4-H members & 36 school 4-H clubs)

59,528 - Adults

31,528 Ag & Natural Resources

28,353 Family Consumer Sciences

How we reach them:

4-H clubs
Class series
School Enrichment
Field days
Web sites
Social media
TV / Radio / Newspapers

Expanding our efforts:

450 Volunteers:
4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community, Cattlemen’s Assoc. & Master Horsemen

Parish Facts:

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aqua-culture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Tangipahoa Parish clientele. The 2015 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises - $44,453,932
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $1,585,018
  • Animal enterprises - $45,133,337

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary

Population - 125,413
Land area (square miles) - 791.28
Persons under 18 years old - 25%
Persons 65 years old and over - 12.3%
Median household income - $40,491
Persons below poverty - 22.1%

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Conduct Dairy Day
  • Conduct Beef producers’ field day and annual meeting
  • Conduct Florida Parishes Forestry Forum
  • Conduct Pollination Celebration, Camellia Stroll, Spring Garden Day along with Master Gardeners and Hammond Research Station
  • Conduct Master Gardener Programs
  • Present garden workshops and local community education workshops
  • Conduct farm and home visits
  • Write newsletter, newspaper columns and Web page content

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

  • Encourage producers to participate in the Master Farmer program
  • Encourage forest landowners to participate in the tree farmer and stewardship programs
  • Continue with the wetlands restoration program with 4-H youth and leaders
  • Conduct pesticide certification and agricultural worker protection programs

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

  • Conduct 4-H officer/leader training
  • Conduct 4-H Junior Leadership programs
  • Conduct organizational management and leadership skills programs Recruit 4-H Junior Leaders to serve on citizenship; fashion, food and fitness; and science, engineering and technology state 4-H boards

4. Strengthen families and communities

  • Conduct workshops on disaster preparedness, Grab and Go Boxes, storm clean-up and house cleaning after a storm.
  • Conduct programs to prevent chronic diseases
  • Present programs on healthy eating habits
  • Conduct programs on healthy weight management
  • Present programs on financial security and debt reduction
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