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
District Project Achievement (DPA) continues to be our most active program in Catoosa County 4-H. We were able to take 100 4-H’ers to Cloverleaf DPA held at Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Georgia, in February. We received an award for the highest number of participants. In March, we took 16 4-H’ers to Junior/Senior DPA. From there, we had two attend State 4-H Congress in Atlanta in July. One of our two attendees, Emily Cason, became a Master 4-H’er in the category of Flowers, Shrubs and Lawns. We lost our 4-H Extension associate, but gained a new 4-H agent, Julia Ferguson. We also gained a new Certified Teen Leader. We continued to do community service with our 4-H’ers. We participated in the Rivers Alive stream cleanup event on two separate occasions, delivered “blessing bags” to the Ronald McDonald House of Greater Chattanooga, weeded the garden of an elderly couple, helped to get paper and cans ready for recycling and planted over 300 trees in the city of Ringgold to help replace those lost in the tornado of 2011.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Our 2016 production year was unique, as our winter and spring seasons started out wet and our summer and fall seasons turned out to have one of our worst droughts in many years. We continued our Lunch-N-Learn series at the Catoosa County Library with classes on composting, herbs, pruning, and lawn care and maintenance. We had two guest appearances on Channel 12 News to discuss how the drought conditions in our county and the unseasonable temperatures and lack of moisture are affecting agricultural production and sustainability. We also discussed the topics of general landscape and garden health on those television spots. Our office has a bimonthly TV show, called “Extension 411: Know How, Know Now,” on which we discuss current issues in agriculture and 4-H for our area. We also processed 94 soil tests, two feed and forage tests and two litter samples.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
Even without the presence of a Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) agent, we still strive to offer some FCS programs that are relevant and useful to our community. These programs include Walk Georgia, a statewide program that encourages participants to exercise more either as an individual or as part of a group. FCS programming also helps with food safety and preservation as well as questions regarding the home and family. When we receive calls regarding these topics, we contact the FCS agents in other counties in order to help 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.