Franklin Parish Profile 2017

Carol Pinnell-Alison  |  3/12/2018 7:22:33 PM

Family & Consumer Sciences, Nutrition & Health

It is increasingly difficult to make healthy food choices and maintain healthy habits.Community Nutrition Programs are designed to target limited-resource adults and youth who receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP).Residents participating in these programs are able to empower themselves to make healthy choices for their families while on a limited budget. Participants learn health information through a series’ of face to face, interactive nutrition lessons at various locations throughout the parish.Every third through fifth grade student at Baskin School participated in a “Yoga for Kids” physical education program teaching them calming and relaxation techniques; third grade students at Fort Necessity completed a 14-week series of classes teaching them bravery when trying unfamiliar healthy foods.Adult audience locations include the Franklin Parish Library, Council on Aging, Garden Clubs, and multiple faith communities.Adult lessons utilized the “Let’s Eat for the Health of It” curriculum, focusing on USDA’s MyPlate, designed to help participants gain basic nutrition knowledge they can use to improve their lives and help prevent development of chronic diseases.

4-H and Youth Development

This year the 4-H club programs are focusing on environmental education. 4-Her’s are learning about various wildlife, water, habitats, sustainability as well as other topics.The youth participate in activities and group discussions to learn about these topics.Currently there are 307 4th-12th grade members in 4-H.Outreach to some third grade classes will be conducted through the 4-H Cloverbuds program to ready this group for joining 4-H in the fall.The Junior Leaders are a vital group in providing community service and leadership on the parish level.The shooting sports and livestock projects are the parish’s largest after-school clubs. These projects continue to grow each year.4-H has a great dedicated group of adult volunteers that assist with shooting sports, livestock, 4-H school clubs and other events throughout the year.Many of them have served as overnight chaperones for summer camp and 4-H University. Youth have the opportunity to participate in a variety of monthly contests, workshops and camps throughout the year with advancement opportunity to regional or state competition.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

The Franklin Parish agricultural economy in 2016 ranked tenth in Louisiana for gross farm value.Field corn is our major plant enterprise with the parish leading the state for several years in acres planted.Beef cattle is our major animal enterprise.Core block variety demonstrations in corn, cotton and soybean were conducted on producer farms to provide unbiased information on variety performance to help producers make variety selections for planting.Private pesticide applicator and Worker Protection Standard (WPS) trainings are offered to producers and agricultural workers which cover how to work with pesticides safely and protect the environment. Northeast Louisiana youth learn about agricultural commodities produced in our area during Ag Alley and Ag Adventures.Programs are given to the Lions Club, Rotary Club and garden clubs.Through individual contact with agricultural producers and homeowners, agriculture, aquaculture, animal and horticulture questions are answered, problems are identified and management options are provided.

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

Conduct on-farm variety demonstrations.

Provide information on resistant weed management.

Provide information on crop fertility, row widths and marketing.

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

Conduct training for private pesticide applicators and agricultural workers.

Provide environmental information on managing pesticide drift and managing cropresidue.

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

Club educational programs will focus on environmental education.

Conduct lessons on wildlife, water, habitats, and sustainability.

Promote marketing and recruiting of youth for the 4-H program.

Strengthen families and communities

Adults will learn how to plan meals to manage their food dollars.

Faith based communities will learn how to create healthy, supportive environments to foster healthy habits within their communities.

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