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:
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Agriculture research plays an important role in providing solutions to production challenges that Brooks County producers may encounter. The determination of the types of research projects to be conducted is a direct result of questions, problems and needs posed by county producers. Each year, Brooks County Extension agents concentrate research efforts in areas that routinely present production and/or economic issues for producers. After annual research projects are selected, agents work in conjunction with UGA specialists to compile a protocol designed to maximize collection of significant data, relying upon participation and collaboration with producers to successfully implement the research protocols in commercially sized fields. Since 2013, the office has established cooperative partnerships with 20 producers, enabling completion of 36 research trials. Specialized research tools are required to effectively monitor research plots and collect scientific variables pertaining to trial. The continued support and contributions of 47 annual agricultural sponsors has enabled Brooks County Extension to successfully build an inventory of research equipment consisting of over 25 items currently valued at approximately $22,000. Commodity groups also lend research support. In 2016, the county received a grant from the Georgia Peanut Commission for the purchase of a portable weather station. The addition of this equipment has better enabled agents to carefully monitor varying field conditions in research plots. After the completion of research plot implementation and data collection, UGA specialists assist the agents with interpretation of collected data and an applied statistical analysis. When research results provide significant and meaningful data, the agents compose scientific abstracts and share trial results at county, state and national conferences. Agricultural research in Brooks County exemplifies UGA Extension's mission through its collection of multiple, cooperative efforts to implement the research and the extension of research results locally and nationally.
4-H SEEKS TO RETAIN YOUTH
Brooks County 4-H, among other clubs in our community, reaches out to keep youth involved and active from kindergarten through twelfth-grade, whether through in-school programming or programming for homeschooled students. Creating diversity between fun and educational activities is important to create interest and entertain audiences. Brooks County 4-H strives to do this through local, district and state programs and trips. In 2016, Brooks County 4-H’ers attended events like Clover Jam, 4-H2O Camp, summer camps, State Council and a trip to Sky Zone and Smash Burgers. At Clover Jam, 4-H’ers enjoyed fun classes based around robotics and technology. The 4-H2O camp was a three-day camp during which the 4-H’ers learned about water conservation, went to Flint RiverQuarium in Albany, Georgia, and Water World water park in Dothan, Alabama. Summer camps served up a variety of hands-on classes, a talent show, and lots of entertainment and fun through dances and games. In order to retain the 4-H’ers throughout the summer, we took a fun trip to Sky Zone in Tallahassee, Florida, and then enjoyed burgers and fries at Smash Burgers. This was a trip to engage in healthy lifestyles while offering a means of entertainment. The county also has a program for kindergarten through fourth-grade called "Cloverbuds" that meets once a month. It offers monthly educational programs covering table manners, reading, creating a “giving tree” and making wildflower bombs to grow individual flower gardens.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.