Kenneth Guidry, Simoneaux, Mariah | 12/19/2016 4:39:38 PM
Family, Nutrition and Health
SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) is our nutrition intervention program. It is designed to help primarily food stamp recipients make wise food choices that are healthy and safe. The program also helps families select and prepare meals consistent with their cultural traditions, while improving their overall health. Lisa Weber, Nutrition Educator, delivers research-based, family focused programs consistent with the program’s mission. Participants in SNAP-Ed are exposed to food taste-testing, parenting and childcare education and nutritional education. As a result the underserved residents of St. James Parish have reported an improvement in their quality of life.
4-H Youth Development
St. James Parish 4-H provides community youth with opportunities to develop life skills through experiential learning activities, school enrichment, and extracurricular programing. During the 2016 school year approximately 4000 youth will gain knowledge in the areas of agriculture, financial literacy, workforce preparation, service learning, healthy living, citizenship, and science, engineering and technology. St. James 4-H gives youth endless opportunities to work with caring adult volunteers to foster personal growth and become well rounded citizens through the Essential Elements of 4-H: Belonging, Independence, Generosity, and Mastery. Highlights of the year include Ag Day, Youth Wetlands Week, Livestock Shows, 4-H University, Summer Camp, 4-H Day at the Capitol, Healthy Lifestyles Fun Run, Welcome to the Real World and other 4-H events.
Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR)
Sugarcane is the most valuable row crop commodity in St. James Parish. It is produced on over 26,000 acres and creates an economic impact of over $29,450,000. Soybean production remains steady in St. James Parish. In 2016 producers grew soybeans on nearly 3,000 acres. Perique tobacco, a crop unique to our parish, was grown on approximately 150 acres. Producer field days and meetings for all row crop commodities were conducted throughout the year on topics including pest management, drift reduction, and environmental stewardship. The 7th Annual Tomato Field Day was held to educate commercial producers and home gardeners on new tomato, pepper, and cucumber varieties and production practices.
Who we reach:
62,359 - Youth Contacts
36,845 - Adult Contacts
How we reach them:
Expanding our efforts:
230 volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardener, Family & Community
Volunteers are essential to the success of our programs.
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, fishery, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. James Parish clientele. The 2015 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary website: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary.
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 programs
4. Strengthen families and communities
Address: P.O. Box 849
2430 Louisiana Avenue
Lutcher, LA 70071
Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/StJames
Office Hours: 8:00a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Kenneth J. Guidry
County Agent, 4-H
Assoc. County Agent, ANR
Regional IPM Specialist
County Agent, Horticulture