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 AS A CAREER
Agriculture is our state’s largest industry, yet many people think that farming is the only job in the agriculture industry. Over 200 high school students from Carroll County were able to explore careers in agriculture through the first annual Ag Career Expo, hosted by UGA Extension Carroll County. The goal of the program was to expose students who are choosing their career pathway to the vast amount of jobs available in the agriculture field. Local and state agricultural leaders presented their businesses and agencies to the students. Presenters were able to answer any questions the students had regarding jobs in their particular sectors. Colleges and universities also shared the education programs they offer to help students reach their agricultural career goals. The vision of the planning committee, which consisted of Extension personnel, local school officials and agricultural business leaders, was to debunk the myth that jobs in agriculture require dirt and tractors and to encourage more young people to consider agriculture as a career.
CONTROLLING FIRE ANTS
Imported fire ant populations can have an adverse effect on cattle performance and cause damage to farm equipment. Bait products marketed for fire ant management can be used to safely and effectively control fire ant populations to reduce their negative impact on cattle operations. To demonstrate the relative ease and effectiveness of using bait products to manage fire ant populations, a demonstration was set up at Yates Farm. Yates Farm had a serious imported fire ant problem, with an average of 73 live mounds per acre in the pastures. Using a Herd GT-77 seeder calibrated to spread 1.5 pounds of bait per acre, Amdro Pro Fire Ant Bait was applied to a 10-acre pasture. A second, untreated pasture was used for comparison. Three sampling plots were established within each of the treated and untreated areas. Eight weeks after the application, an evaluation of the project revealed an overall 98 percent reduction in fire ant mounds in the treatment area while the untreated area had a decrease of 45 percent. Thirty-three farmers from seven counties participated in a field day to discuss the demonstration and learn the results of treating the pasture for fire ants. The Carroll County Extension office purchased a Herd GT-77 seeder for farmers to rent in order to encourage more farmers to treat their pastures for imported fire ants.
ENCOURAGING GOOD NUTRITION
Approximately 85 3- to 5-year-olds at the Head Start program in Carrollton learned about nutritious fruits and vegetables. The children learned that fruits and vegetables grow in the soil and about the important job worms do for the soil. Two raised-bed gardens were built and the children helped plant different varieties of tomatoes, peppers, peas, sunflowers and stevia. The purpose of the program was to get parents and their children involved in gardening and making healthy food choices while having quality learning time together.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.