4-H’ers awarded for La. commodity presentations _lowres

Photo provided by Belinda Champton -- Taking part April 18 in the 4-H Commodity Ambassador competition are Ascension Parish 4-H members, first row from left, Jade Chenevert, Rachel Stewart and Jace Chenevert; and second row, Matthew Landry, Viki-Dawn Landry and Jamie Lavergne.

Ascension Parish 4-H members took part in the 4-H ambassador competitions held at LSU’s main campus April 28.

The program promoted Louisiana’s commodities with illustrated talks by 4-H’ers.

The 4-H Commodity Ambassador Program is designed for education and enhancement while emphasizing specific Louisiana agricultural commodities, a news release said.

The Louisiana commodities for the competition were sugar, egg, chicken, turkey and seafood. Topics include nutrition, food preparation, food safety, production and processing, and marketing of the commodity. The 4-H’ers were scored on poise and effective presentation, appearance, visuals of their poster/PowerPoint presentation, accurate content on the agricultural commodity, correct length of presentation and response to judge’s questions.

Ascension 4-H’ers Jamie Lavergne and Matthew Landry were gold-medal, first-place winners at the contest.

Ascension Parish 4-H conducted local contests to select Jace and Jade Chenevert, Lavergne, Matthew Landry, Viki-Dawn Landry and Rachael Stewart to be state competitors.

Lavergne’s presentation was about farm-to-table home processing of turkeys. She explained how to humanely prepare a farm-grown turkey for consumption. Jamie competed in Division I, which included fourth through sixth grades. She presented a three-minute talk and poster. Jamie was awarded a gold medal and $50.

Matthew Landry’s presentation, “BBQ,” illustrated the Louisiana poultry industry, nutrition, food safety and preparation of chicken in the Division III contest, which included 10th through 12th grades. Landry will represent Louisiana in November at the 2015 National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, on an all-expense paid educational trip.

Viki-Dawn Landry, in her last appearance as a 10-year veteran of 4-H competitions, took third place in seafood Division III. She won a bronze medal for her presentation “Why Is This Alligator Smiling”

Jade Chenevert placed third for her chicken commodity presentation in the junior division talks.

Jace Chenevert was a blue-ribbon winner discussing the importance in supporting and buying local with his talk “Bayou Some — Louisiana Seafood”.

Stewart’s blue-ribbon-winning presentation “Selling Louisiana Sugar — A Sweet Success” was about how sugar is marketed to consumers.