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
Using the Georgia 4-H College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) curriculum, all Bryan County fourth- and fifth-grade students completed four career lessons during in-school club meetings. Students completed lessons on eight career tracks: finance, government and public administration, information technology, marketing, engineering, architecture, manufacturing and construction. Students also received instruction on writing essays and developing and presenting projects. These lessons not only helped satisfy CCRPI requirements implemented in the schools, but they also saved the counselors 156 hours of instruction time by not having to take on this extra task. Students were encouraged to develop projects and present at District Project Achievement. A total of 1,255 Bryan County students completed the four CCRPI lesson plans. Thirty-three students developed a project that competed at District Project Achievement. Data were collected through evaluations given at the end of each club meeting. Bryan County 4-H delivered the CCRPI curriculum to all fifth-graders in the Bryan County public school system. This symbiotic relationship helped satisfy CCRPI requirements for the school system and advanced the Bryan County 4-H program by adding classes and improving District Project Achievement participation.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
Family and Consumer Sciences Extension provides nutrition education programs and educational materials for adults and youth. Consumers are more likely to make better food choices for themselves and their families when they have been provided with nutrition education. These practices will lead to healthier youth who attend school regularly with better academic success and adults who have the ability to eat healthier and lessen the occurrence of expensive chronic diseases. By improving the overall health habits of Georgians, fewer hospitalizations and medications will be required, reducing health care costs for individuals, taxpayers, small businesses and corporations.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Before the position was filled in January, the Bryan County Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) program had been without a full-time agent for the last seven to eight years. This program offers soil, water, tissue and forage tests that are handled through our office. We also provide residents with a wide variety of free publications related to an array of residential and agricultural topics. In 2016, Bryan County Extension processed 507 soil, 10 water, two forage and two microbiology samples. Through our collaborations with Landmark and TruGreen lawn services, we were able to assist homeowners with lawn, garden and various other horticultural issues. In January, the new ANR agent delivered a presentation at the Southeast Regional Small Fruit and Vegetable Conference on the significance of spotted wing drosophila (SWD) in blueberry crop systems. He quickly began meeting with growers and homeowners alike to get an idea of what the county needs this year. Furthermore, he has already begun collaborating with Chatham County Extension to develop a Master Gardener program for both counties. The Bryan County ANR program will be expanding in the coming year while our new agent develops his plans.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.