Franklin Parish Extension
Franklin Parish was established in 1843 through the efforts of John Winn, a pioneer of this section of Louisiana.  The parish was named "Franklin" in honor of Benjamin Franklin.  Winnsboro was designated the parish seat of government in 1846. Franklin is rich in agriculture and natural resource industries. The parish is home to a diverse variety of crops including corn, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, soybean, pasture and hay. The parish is home to catfish, recreational ponds, beef cattle, horses and sweet potatoes.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

The Franklin Parish agricultural economy in 2012 ranked fifth in Louisiana for gross farm value. Core block variety demonstrations in corn, cotton and soybean were conducted on producer farms to provide unbiased information on variety performance to help producers make variety selections for planting. Fifty-eight private pesticide applicators and 77agricultural workers received training on the Worker Protection Standard (WPS), pest management, safe use of pesticides and pesticide drift management. Sixteen new applicators took the exam to receive a pesticide applicator card. Parish fifth-graders learned about poisonous plants at the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day. Programs were given to the Winnsboro Lions Club on crop acreage, yields and agriculture economic value. Programs were given to local garden clubs on planting, fertilizing, pest control, and pruning fruits and ornamentals along with information on home vegetables. Northeast Louisiana fifth-graders learned about field corn and sweet potato production and food uses during Ag Alley, and fourth- and fifth-graders learned about sweet potato production and uses during Ag Adventures. Through individual contact with homeowners and agricultural producers, horticulture, agriculture, aquaculture and animal questions were answered, problems were identified and management options were provided.

Contact Franklin Parish Extension

Carol Pinnell-Alison
6562 MAIN ST
WINNSBORO, Louisiana  71295
Phone: 318/435-7551
Fax: 318/435-8216


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Franklin Parish, Louisiana

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