Plaquemines Parish Extension
Plaquemines Parish provides the perfect balance between urban and rural lifestyles. Plaquemines is Louisiana's southernmost parish, providing direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. It is an ecological wonder with many waterways and fishing and hunting opportunities. The seafood industry is one of the leading sources of income for Plaquemines. It is also the operational center for the offshore oil and gas industry. Citrus production is the pride of Plaquemines.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Plaquemines Parish is traditionally being the heart of Louisiana’s citrus industry. Annually the combined value of the commercial fruit and nursery industry is over $6 million dollars. Recently, two new invasive species; the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) and the Diaprepes Weevil were identified for the first time in Louisiana. Both insects have the potential to ruin the industry and do untold economic loss. A comprehensive effort was made with USDA, La. Dept. of Ag and Forestry, State LCES Ento-mologists and other national experts to identify problems, develop Best Management Practices (BMP) and establish parish protocol. As a result 3 parishwide pesticide sprays were organized and resulting in 500 acres of commercial groves were protected. Hobby citrus growers were identified and encouraged to participate in a parish funded pesticide treatment program. LCES involvement has been credited with responsibility of keeping damages to a limited problem. Sea Grant Marine Advisory Agent provided leadership to the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) on seafood issues. When com-pleted, the Louisiana Crab Industry, and all of its products, will be the only Gulf of Mexico product so certified. By the year 2012, major retailers, such as Wal-Mart, will only carry MSC certified products, thus giving Louisiana clear market advantage for its crab products.

Contact Plaquemines Parish Extension

James Vaughn
STE 201
Belle Chase, Louisiana  70037
Phone: 504/433-3664
Fax: 504/392-2448


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana

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