The LSU AgCenter is dedicated to providing innovative research, information, and education to improve people’s lives. Working in a unique statewide network of parish extension offices, research stations and academic departments, the LSU AgCenter helps Louisiana citizens make the best use of natural resources, protect the environment, enhance agricultural enterprises, and develop human and community resources.
Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification meetings are held between January and March every year for applicators whose cards expire the end of March. Applicator cards are valid for three years and can be renewed by attending a recertification meeting before the card’s expiration date. If an applicator lets a card expire or if a new applicator, testing is required for certification. Presentations were given at the Caldwell, Franklin, Ouachita, and Richland parish recertification meetings with 114 pesticide applicators renewing their card.
Two Worker Protection Standard (WPS) handler trainings were held in Franklin Parish with 45 agricultural employees attending. All employees who work on an agricultural establishment that produces an agricultural plant are required to attend annual training.
A presentation on growing vegetables in containers and the regulations on growing Hemp was given to members of the Clark Lea Garden Club.
In 2020, Franklin Parish producers harvested 10,518 acres of cotton with an average irrigated yield of 1215 pounds of lint per acre and a non-irrigated yield of 1059 pounds, 93,263 acres of corn were harvested with an irrigated yield of 196 bushels per acre and a non-irrigated yield of 156 bushels, 50,045 acres of soybeans were harvested with an irrigated yield of 64 bushels per acre and a non-irrigated yield of 44 bushels. Yields were still good even though we had several severe weather events during our harvest months of August, September, and October.
A corn core block variety on-farm demonstration was planted on the Campbell farm. These on-farm demonstrations give producers the opportunity to evaluate varieties grown under local environments.
Beef and Dairy Poster results. Franklin parish had six youth enter the beef poster contest this year. Results of the beef poster contest were as follows: 1st place Aalayna Brown (Baskin), 2nd place Lana Davis (Baskin), 3rd place Christopher Pruitt (Baskin), 4th place Brayden Little (Baskin), 5th place Brookelyn Williamson (FCCS) and 6th place Lily Morgan (Baskin). Dairy posters had 4 entries this year. The results were as follows: 1st place Lana Davis (Baskin), 2nd place Bryce Little (Baskin) and 3rd place Brayden Little (Baskin). Troy Middleton received 1st place in the 7th-9th grade division. Junior Leadership Conference. The junior leadership conference is an opportunity for 8th-12th grade 4-H members to gain an increase in their leadership skills. The youth have an opportunity to learn so much more including citizenship, science and healthy living. Franklin parish had three youth attend and one Franklin 4-H member, Samantha Shelton, is serving on the state executive committee and helped to put the conference on and conducted one of the sessions. Those in attendance from the Gilbert Jr. High School 4-H club were: Bella Jones, Troy Middleton and Finn Robinson. In front: Finn Robinson & Samantha Shelton. Back: Troy Middleton & Bella Jones. Northern Regional Shooting Sports. The shooting sports match was held March 1-7, 2021 in the Shreveport area. Franklin Parish had 22 youth attend the competition. We had many that advanced to the state competition which will be held April 13-18 in the Gonzales/Port Allen area. The BB gun team of Serenyti Scott, Paul Kramer, Joshua Matthews, Carter Blossom, Samantha Shelton, Johnathon Donnell and Riley Lashley advanced to state. In air rifle, Gaven Blossom, in smallbore rifle, Madison Hill, in air pistol, Layton Weems all advanced to state. In archery, Paul Kramer, Dakota Parker, Sarah Miller, and Galen Miller all advanced to state. Those youth who also participated in the northern regional competition were: Kolby Whilcher, Lily Morgan, Belena Davis, Kelci Schenk, Colton Spence, John Chisum, and Troy Middleton.
Quincy Vidrine comes to us from Central Louisiana, a 17 year veteran with the LSU AgCenter. As the Area Nutrition Agent in Rapides Parish, Quincy was regularly featured on KALB Jambalaya morning show with her own cooking segment to promote Louisiana commodities in home cooking and healthy family meals. Prior to her career with the LSU AgCenter, she attended the John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University where she obtained her Associate Degree in Culinary Arts. She worked as a professional chef in private industry for 6 years while continuing her education at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. Quincy holds a Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences. She holds a Masters of Education and School Counseling. In 2019, Quincy obtained her Certified Health Coach certification and in 2021 she became certified ServSafe Instructor/Proctor through the National Restaurant Association. Quincy’s passions are culinary arts and education – both of which she utilized to develop her highly acclaimed KidChef and TeenChef programs in Central Louisiana. She hopes to bring some of this programming into Franklin Parish and the Northeast Region through community support and partnerships. Quincy will serve as the FCS Regional Coordinator for the Northeast Region and the Area Nutrition Agent for Franklin & Caldwell parishes.
Quincy and her husband, Mark reside in Natchez, MS. Her son, Logan is a senior at Northwestern State University majoring in Secondary Education.
She and her husband enjoy assisting with church events, cooking for friends and family, and writing articles for their favorite food magazine, Louisiana Kitchen & Culture. Quincy is excited to bring her passions and talents to Franklin Parish!