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
The Calhoun County 4-H Club, led by Shanda Ashley, provides various opportunities to the youth of this community that help them learn valuable life skills. Healthy lifestyles and financial literacy lessons are taught during club meetings held in local schools. Calhoun County 4-H also offers opportunities such as District Project Achievement competition, summer camp, robotics activities, Project S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) programs, livestock projects, Enviroscape classes and other 4-H events. Calhoun County 4-H raises funds to assist with activity fees. These opportunities help to improve students’ public speaking skills, strengthen their decision-making skills and enhance their math, science and writing skills.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Cotton, peanuts and corn are the main crops grown in Calhoun County, and these crops are the main source of income for most farmers in this county. The 2015 farm gate value was reported at $92,455,419 for Calhoun County. If left uncontrolled, diseases can cause a greater than 50 percent yield reduction in some crops. With the information provided by specialists and from on-farm data, producers, consultants and chemical salesmen can better protect crops. The more effective we are at disease control, the more impact we can have on profit and the economy of Calhoun County. A variety of educational activities has been designed and is being conducted to document yield-loss potential of row crop diseases, test new control programs and educate farmers on these diseases. Effective management and chemical control options are viable tools that all producers in the county must have to protect their crops. Educational programming led by the UGA Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent Jay Hathorn also raises awareness among public officials and the general public about Extension’s efforts and impact.
Through the Walk Georgia program, the UGA Extension office in Calhoun County invites residents to increase their physical activity levels in a fun, community-oriented way. You can register for this free program online at WalkGeorgia.org as an individual or as a group. Walk Georgia can also be used in the workplace as part of a worksite wellness program or in schools. FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES UGA Extension provides nutrition education programs and educational materials for adults and youth. 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. Traci Aycock at the county Extension office can provide publications and assist residents in locating applicable programs in nearby counties.
HEALTHIER TOGETHER CALHOUN
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded grant funds to UGA for fighting obesity in Calhoun County. As a result, Healthier Together Calhoun began in November of 2016. Calhoun County Extension is working with UGA partners to implement community-based strategies over two years to support behavioral and environmental changes for healthy eating and physical activity for children and families. Educational outreach will be conducted through 4-H and Family and Consumer Sciences.