[Image: Beauregard Parish Profile 2012]
4-H Youth Development
Beauregard Parish has an active 4-H program with a 4-H Club in each of our parish public schools as well as a Home School Club and one private club. We have an annual enrollment between 500 and 600 youth between the ages of 9 and 19. Club educational programs con-tinue to focus on Work Ethic and Character Counts. This focus continues to be an issue that our 4-H Advisory views as a continued educational importance. Many educational activities such as workshops and Field Days are conducted annually. Activi-ties have conducted related to Pet Shows and Pet Care, Science and Engineering, Foods Contest and safety activities, Puppet Practices and Puppet Shows at annual Parish Fair and the Beauregard Watermelon Festival.
The largest 4-H project enrollments in Beauregard Parish are the Introduction to 4-H "Discovering 4-H", Outdoor Skills which includes the disciplines of Archery, Rifle, Shotgun and Hunting, and the more traditional Livestock projects which include beef, goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine. We have over 50 direct and indirect volunteers who serve as organizational club leaders, project volunteers, educational activity presenters, judges, as well as other volunteer efforts.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Beauregard Parish has ranked second in forestry receipts statewide in 2009, 2010 & 2011. The 2012 SW LA Forestry Forum educated forest landowners about the state of LA forestry, mineral & pipeline leasing, ecotourism, movie site registration, selling small timber tracts, and NRCS longleaf programs. Other forestry programs included: hunting lease tax workshop, family succession workshop, and prescribed burn workshop.
Master Gardeners started its second MG classes for nine recruits, and several of the Beauregard MG’ers became Advanced MG. These MG’er have started a demonstration garden at the Fairgrounds and had tours during the Parish Fair. Extra vegetables went to the Council of Aging. Our MG’ers are assisting with the 2011 State MG Meeting in Lake Charles. One MG’ers lead a workshop about ornamental eucalyptus in Merryville. Another MG’er has instructed both children and adults about insects at several events.
The SW LA Beekeepers Association celebrated its first anniversary in FY 2012, and at least six attendees have started their first hives. This Association contin-ues to have meetings and workshops to help novice beekeepers in starting, splitting, inspecting hives. Out-side speakers have discussed hive pests and income taxes. The Board continues to make recommendations on programs to promote local beekeeping.
Who we reach:
Youth: (includes 600 4-H members in 18 school 4-H clubs)
Adults: (includes forest landowners from LA, TX, CO, CA, VA, WA, WV);
Total Agriculture & Natural Re-sources contacts: 58,367
How we reach them:
4-H clubs, Class series, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Web sites, Publications, and Social media
Expanding our efforts:
170 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Volunteers for Family & Community, SW LA Forestry Association, SW LA Beekeepers Association, Beauregard Cattleman’s Asso-ciation.
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, and animal enterprises to Beauregard Parish clientele. The 2010 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
- Plant enterprises - $59,767,276
- Animal enterprises - $12,399,781
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population - 35,419
Land area (acres) - 755,772
Persons under 18 years old - 26.0%
Persons 65 years old and over - 13.1%
Median household income - $43,398
Persons below poverty - 14.0%
Local Issues & Plans for this year.
1. Promote the wise use of natural re-sources & protection of the environment.
- Collaboration with Southwest LA Forestry Association to bring an annual Forestry Fo-rum and other natural resource education: Sponsorship of Teachers Forestry Tour & 4-H Forestry Invitational in WV.
- Deliver a workshop about eucalyptus for homeowners & assist Merryville in become "Eucalyptus Capital of Louisiana".
- Deliver workshops on hunting leases, legacy issues, & prescribed burning
2. Increase productivity & profitability of LA Agriculture.
- Advise landowners on optimal timber sale practices.
- Continue providing training for private pesticide applicators. Enable new applicators to ob-tain licenses.
- Advise producers on safe, effective pest control.
- Support Beauregard Cattlemen’s Association by scheduling various livestock and forage specialists.
- Enabling local Master Gardeners to support horticultural education.
- Enabling SW LA Beekeepers Association by providing apiary education.
3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
- Through the assistance of youth and adult volunteers; train Club officers the importance of being a good leader and prepare them to perform their 4-H Club Officer duties while teach-ing Life Skills in various 4-H educational activities.
- Through efforts of Master Gardener volunteers and 4-H volunteers, continue gardening educational activities to help youth increased their knowledge of gardening & plant propa-gation and learn about healthy living
- Through the Advisory process; continue conducting timely 4-H club educational programs and Field Day activities to meet the 4-H youth development needs.