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:
The sugarcane aphid is a relatively new insect pest of Georgia and Dodge County. In 2015, the sugarcane aphid attacked the majority of the county’s grain sorghum. Aphids damage plants by attacking the foliage. If not treated in time, damage can result in total loss of the crop. It is imperative that farmers' fields are scouted and monitored for this devastating pest. In anticipation of the infestation, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Dodge County began communicating with all crop consultants, agriculture retailers and other interested parties. The county agent also personally scouted 400 acres to monitor the aphid levels. No fields in the county had more than 20 percent damage for 2015. The agent is confident that without proper scouting and treatment, the damage would have caused an 80 to 100 percent loss.
Family and Consumer Sciences Resources
Although Dodge County Extension does not have a Family and Consumer Sciences agent based in its office, we still strive to assist local residents with their questions. Common questions asked are in regard to food safety, food preservation, dealing with mold and mildew, healthy meal planning, family budgeting and SNAP-Ed materials. These topics and more are answered through a wide variety of free UGA Extension publications available at the county office or through phone conferences with Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agents in surrounding counties. Often, neighboring agents are conducting programming that our county residents are welcome to attend, and we can provide information on registration.
Attracting New 4-H’ers
Dodge County 4-H strategically plans summer program activities that focus on different interests to bring in youth with hopes of enticing their participation in future events at the local, district and state levels. One class that always warms the hearts of adults and youth is the popular “Make Someone Smile” program. A local florist teaches the 4-H’ers how to make floral arrangements. She donates all of the supplies and gives her time to teach and then allow the 4-H’ers to learn by doing. Once the arrangements are complete, the group travels to local nursing homes and assisted living facilities where the 4-H’ers deliver the arrangements to residents. One parent wrote, “4-H has taught my girls skills of service as well as acts of love. Our family is very grateful for all this program does for our children as well as our community."