THE POST-SIGNAL / Steve Bandy
Kayla Segura, second from left, Acadia Parish 4-H Agent and Parish Chairman; and Dr. Kurt Guidry, second from right, LSU AgCenter Regional Director, were guests of the Crowely Lions Club recently to talk about the operations of the facility and the programs offered through 4-H. Welcoming them to the meeting are Nancy Loewer, far left, program chair; and Club Presiident Keith Frederick.
Lions learn of operations at local center
Members of the Crowley Lions Club recently learned about the operations of the LSU AgCenter and 4-H Extension Office.
Dr. Kurt Guidry, regional director, and Kayla Segura, 4-H Agent, were guests of the club to “let people know what we do at the AgCenter.”
As director, Guidry is responsible for the operations at centers in 14 parishes from the Mississippi River to the Texas state line and from Interstate 10 south to the Gulf of Mexico.
Guidry, who grew up in the Morse / Midland area, said he was proud to be associated with the local office.
“I think we have one of the stronger staffs and programs in the state right here in Acadia Parish,” he said. “In addition to the staff, we have tremendous volunteers and local support for our programs.”
Guidry explained that every parish in the state provides 20 percent funding for their respective offices.
“In Acadia Parish, that 20 percent comes from a parishwide millage,” Guidry added.
Segura, who has been with the local extension office since 2010, said Acadia Parish has 31 clubs with more than 1,300 members.
“The 4-H population is higher in Acadia Parish that it is in most of our neighboring parishes even though they (neighboring parishes) have a higher overall population,” Segura said.
The agent outlined numerous programs offered through 4-H in addition to the monthly meetings of the clubs at the various school sites.