Many people have used the services of a county agent, picked up information from cooperative extension office or participated in 4-H, but some residents are unaware of the many services provided through the East Feliciana Cooperative Extension Service.

Housed at Bob R. Jones Idlewild Research Station, the extension office is a one-stop shop for research-based information on horticulture, livestock, forestry and youth development needs.

Services provided by extension agents in the office are offered at low costs or free.

The Cooperative Extension Service is a branch of the LSU Agricultural Center.

Here are a few of the program highlights and services offered:

4-H Youth Development

The 4-H program services youth between the ages of 9-19 that reside or attend school in East Feliciana Parish.

4-H programs include lessons on healthy living; citizenship; science, engineering and technology; and leadership development.

4-H programs are available in all public, private and charter schools.

Activities are conducted year-round and include cookery contests; camps and conferences; livestock and horse shows; school gardens; and monthly school club meetings. 4-H enrollment occurs year-round.

To join, contact 4-H Agent Leanna Cupit at (225) 683-3101, or lcupit@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Agriculture, natural resources

The majority of agricultural production is cattle and timber in East Feliciana Parish.

County Agent Bobby Bingham provides a variety of services to residents with an interest in anything agriculture related. From the large timber producer to the small home gardener, the job of the county agent is to assist parish residents with their endeavors.

Programs and information are available on beef cattle; forages; forestry; horticulture, lawn and gardens; pest management; and wildlife.

For information or questions, call Bingham. For questions related to forestry and timber production call Area Forester Brian Chandler. Both can be reached at (225) 683-3101.