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:
KIDS CAN COOK AND KEEP IT SAFE
In Georgia, there are more than 2.5 million cases of foodborne illness per year. Approximately half of reported cases occur in children under the age of 15. UGA Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agents developed a series of classes to teach safe kitchen practices to avoid foodborne illness for 4-H'ers in Candler and Emanuel counties. Nine classes were provided. Participants were evaluated on demonstrating good hygiene practices and new food safety knowledge by cooking a recipe from start to finish. One hundred percent of participants washed their hands before putting on their gloves and apron. Participants effectively demonstrated the proper steps in avoiding cross contamination, proper knife safety, cleaning and sanitizing. Overall, participants practiced proper hygiene and safety techniques intended to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
REDUCING BURROWER BUG DAMAGE AND DEER FEEDING DAMAGE
In 2016, the Emanuel County Agricultural Advisory Committee identified two major issues facing area farmers that UGA Extension could potentially address. One was burrower bug damage in peanuts, and the second was the destruction of row crops by deer. Extension has taken a key role in addressing these issues. For burrower bugs, the agent coordinated efforts with Extension peanut entomologist Dr. Mark Abney and Southeast Research and Education Center Coordinator Anthony Black to develop two in-depth research trials in Summertown, Georgia. The two trials included a 12-variety peanut trial to measure natural resistance and an evaluation of 18 different insecticide treatments. These programs will be evaluated again in 2017. Whitetail deer come out of the woods in spring and can quickly destroy fields of seedling cotton, soybeans and peanuts, and on a much smaller scale, corn. In the past few years, deer feeding has become a major challenge for Emanuel County row crop farmers. One Twin City, Georgia, farmer had to replant 200 acres of cotton due to excessive deer damage in the spring of 2016. Agent Mark Crosby contacted Mike Mengak, UGA Extension wildlife specialist, to help develop a strategy to communicate the severity of the problem to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Currently, south Georgia row crop farmers are completing surveys developed by Crosby and Mengak. Data will be summarized in March and presented to DNR.
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Emanuel County 4-H enrollment averages 700 fifth- to 12th-grade students annually. In-school programming is delivered in all fifth- and sixth-grade public school classrooms, and seventh- and eighth-grade students can attend monthly club meetings during their elective class time. Countywide meetings are held for high school and homeschooled students.District Project Achievement gives youth the opportunity to deliver an illustrated demonstration. Sixty-three Emanuel County youth competed and 54 percent of participants placed in the top three in their respective project area.Project S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) has a long tradition in Emanuel County, where the disciplines of archery, modified trap, and trap and skeet are offered. In 2016, 45 youth competed and 75 percent of those advanced to state competition.Judging teams give youth the opportunity to learn and practice knowledge by applying it and defending their decisions with oral reasoning. In Emanuel County, youth are learning to make informed decisions in Consumer Judging and Poultry Judging, and a total of 38 4-H’ers competed on these teams.