Making A Difference in Our County
We're working hard for the citizens we serve. Here are some examples of successful projects from the past year:
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Brantley County 4-H is excited to have the participation of fourth- through sixth-grade students in addition to middle and high school students. Including these younger students has increased activity and interest in 4-H competitions and activities. Highlights from the past year include participation in standard 4-H events such as District Project Achievement, judging events, archery, Horse Club and service projects, but Brantley took it a step further. To kick off the Summer Fun program series, we offered an equine day. Brantley 4-H’ers were able to participate in feed nutrition, farrier and equine dentistry classes. Twenty 4-H’ers and parents participated and increased their equine knowledge. In 2016, Brantley County 4-H increased participation in District Project Achievement, summer camp and State Council. Brantley County 4-H is excited about our 2016 growth, and we look forward to continuing to “make the best better.”
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
The Brantley County Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources program offers many services to local clientele. The program offers soil, water and plant analysis through the university’s laboratories, as well as in-office and on-site consultations on a wide array of issues. The Extension agent assists clients with issues such as pond management, lawn health and maintenance, gardening issues and strategies, and livestock care and maintenance. The county has had an increase in people doing soil testing this past year. With cattle prices remaining steady, area cattlemen have had a very positive outlook on the cattle industry. The Southeast Georgia Cattlemen’s Association (covering Bacon, Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn and Ware counties), representing $10.3 million in brood cow value, has seen an increase in membership and individuals attending monthly meetings. More than 40 cattle producers attended an area Cattlemen’s Field Day and gained knowledge in beef quality assurance, vaccination programs, forage improvement and replacement heifer selection. We look forward to growing and sharing our knowledge with our clients.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is working hard for its constituents. The following are examples of our impact in the county over the past year.