[Image: 2012 Bossier Parish Profile]
Family, Nutrition & Health
Through the Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program, federal dollars are used in Bossier Parish to work with limited resource families and youth. The AgCenter EFNEP agent for Bossier Parish provides lessons on nutrition and health, improving diet, changing behavior patterns, etc. to improve personal health, development and overall nutritional welfare. The agent works with at least 100 families and numerous youth each year.
4-H Youth Development
Bossier Parish 4-H (2010-11)...8th HIGHEST ENROLLMENT IN THE STATE!
The educational focus for the 2011-2012 club year is S.A.F.E. (Sensible Advice For Everyone) which includes topics on cyber bullying, creating safe user names and passwords, the positives and negatives of posting statuses and on the overall "sensible" use of technology sources. The Shreveport/Bossier Rescue Mission has been adopted by Bossier Parish 4-H’ers this year and are donating paper towels, macaroni and cheese, deodorant, hand sanitizers, Styrofoam cups, plastic utensils, hair brushes, socks and bars of soap. These donations should save the Mission approximately $10,000, freeing up funds for other pro-jects or activities.
This year the Bossier Parish 4-H Shooting Sports program received a grant in the amount of $18,013. This grant allowed us to improve our program by pur-chasing an equipment trailer along with several new pieces of equipment. With the new equipment, we are now able to offer the 4-H members of Bossier Parish with even more opportunities!
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Forestry is Louisiana’s number one agricultural industry year after year. In 2010, for-estry in Bossier Parish had a gross farm value of over $20.5 million dollars. The 2012 Ark-La-Tex Forestry Forum addresses forest taxes, wildlife management, financial decisions concerning forest investments and other topics. Recent seminars addressed feral hogs problems, white-tailed deer management and care and maintenance of yard trees for Bossier residents. Numerous calls and home visits are made concerning lawns, gardens, yard trees, nuisance wildlife and other pests. Several hundred teachers are also trained in the region annually through Project Learning Tree, a world renowned environmental edu-cation program.
Who we reach:
5,529 - Youth (includes 1,250 4-H members & 24 school 4-H clubs)
6,475 - Adults 4,675 Ag & Natural Resources 1,800 Family, Nutrition & Health
How we reach them:
4-H clubs, Seminars, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops/Trainings, Newsletters, Web sites, Publications, and Social media.
Expanding our efforts:
150 Volunteers - 4-H, Outdoor Skills, Judges, Advisory Councils, Club leaders
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aqua-culture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Bossier Parish clientele. The 2010 total dol-lar amount from these commodities were:
- Plant enterprises - $27,944,047.
- Aquaculture and wildlife - $1,910,497.
- Animal enterprises - $93,720,611.
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population - 116,979
Land area (square miles) - 840.06
Persons under 18 years old - 25.7%
Persons 65 years old and over - 12.0%
Median household income - $51,020
Persons below poverty - 13.4%
Local Issues & Plans for this year:
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
- Conduct Ark-La-Tex Forestry Forum.
- Publish quarterly Timber Tales newsletter.
- Disseminate educational information through mass media, seminars, field days and workshops.
- Conduct farm and home educational visits.
2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
- Conduct Project Learning Tree workshops for educators and through university education methods courses throughout the region.
- Provide information and promote the use of Forestry Best Management Practices.
- Provide youth environmental programs through 4-H, schools, scouts and other groups.
3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
- Work with the staff at Barksdale Air Force Base to conduct programs for their military youth and families.
- Recruit volunteer leaders for the parish Outdoor Skills program.
- Continue to adopt an organization yearly to benefit from monthly community service drives.
- To secure funds for 4-H camp scholarships, 4-H University scholarships, 4-H awards and other trip opportunities, and for college scholarships through the 4-H program.
4. Strengthen families and communities
- Provide educational programs for improving nutrition and health for limited resource families and youth.
- Promote the Eat Well/Live Local initiative in Bossier Parish to encourage healthier eating habits and support of local food producers.
- Promote and assist with school-based community garden projects.