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
Charlton County 4-H is excited to have the participation of fourth-grade students in addition to middle and high school students. The inclusion of fourth-grade students has increased activity and interest in 4-H competitions and activities. Highlights from the past year include participation in standard 4-H events such as District Project Achievement, judging events and service projects, but Charlton took it a step further. To kick off the Summer Fun Program series, we offered three sessions of 4-H Horse Camp. Thirty-six participants learned or sharpened riding skills. In the early fall, we offered a “Fun Chicken Show,” which boasted 82 birds divided into 10 categories. An estimated 350 people mingled around the cages before and during the afternoon show asking questions. Charlton County 4-H is excited about our 2016 growth, and we look forward to continuing to “make the best better.”
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
The Charlton County Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources program offers many services to local clientele. The program offers soil, water and plant analysis through the university’s laboratories, as well as in-office and on-site consultations on a wide array of issues. The Extension agent assists clients with issues such as pond management, lawn health and maintenance, gardening issues and strategies, and livestock care and maintenance. The county had an increase in people doing soil testing this past year. With cattle prices remaining steady, area cattlemen have had a very positive outlook for the cattle industry. The Southeast Georgia Cattlemen’s Association (covering Bacon, Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn and Ware counties), representing $10.3 million in brood cow value, has seen an increase in membership and individuals attending monthly meetings. More than 40 cattle producers attended an area Cattlemen’s Field Day and gained knowledge in beef quality assurance, vaccination programs, forage improvement and replacement heifer selection. We look forward to growing and sharing our knowledge with 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.