Ouachita Parish Extension
Ouachita Parish offers the business amenities and services which appeal to commercial establishments and affords its residents a high quality of life with good schools, low crime rates, and abundant recreational opportunities. There are 4 incorporated communities in Ouachita Parish: Monroe, Richwood, Sterlington and West Monroe. Forests, parks, and preserves abound.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

The Master Gardener program has 103 active members, who totaled over 3,500 volunteer hours of community service and 716 continuing education hours. The NELAMG Association participated in the Ag Expo Horticulture Seminar (220 attended), monitored the demonstration gardens at West Monroe Farmers Market, did several community projects, and conducted many educational workshops and programs for regional clientele.

Ouachita Parish currently has more than 48,000 acres in crop production. Grain crops, such as corn and soybeans, have increased over the last few years to represent the two largest acres planted. Demonstration variety plots of corn and soybeans were planted this spring to be harvested this fall. Results from demonstration plots will be used by producers to determine which varieties perform best in this area.

One of the LSU AgCenter’s main goals has been and will continue to be to educate the public on agriculture and its role in their lives. The Ag Expo is a strategic outlet in this education and demonstrates to our clientele our involvement in the community. It was determined that over 11,000 people entered and viewed the exhibits at Ag Alley. The Ouachita staff plays a valuable role in informing the public about the importance of agriculture to the area. The Alleys this year were cotton, beef, gardening and mini-farm education.

Contact Ouachita Parish Extension

Richard Letlow
Extension Agent
WEST MONROE, Louisiana  71291-2922
Phone: 318/323-2251
Fax: 318/387-9376


Service Area

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  • Ouachita Parish, Louisiana

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