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 AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Franklin County has one of the highest farm gate values in the state, and the broiler industry contributes a great deal. Franklin County also ranks high in hatching layer production and beef cattle production. Many of the programs offered through Franklin County Extension address issues that arise within the cattle industry. The Extension office also offers programs addressing topics like home gardening; wheat and soybean production; and pesticide application, which is covered in an annual class. Issues-based programming is a main focus for UGA Extension. During the recent period of drought, for example, the Extension office the Extension office offered drought programs and information for farmers.Through university resources, the Extension office is able to provide answers for homeowners and farmers on many topics including soil fertility, safe pesticide application, water use, home gardening, and crop and pasture management. The Extension office provides soil, forage and water testing through the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories at UGA. Agents can also identify plants, insects, diseases and weeds, and give fertilization and pest management recommendations. In addition to the services that are offered, the local Extension office is developing programs to further educate farmers and homeowners by bringing new information to the people of Franklin County.
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Franklin County 4-H offers a world in which students can receive educational opportunities that will last a lifetime. Students in fifth grade participate in monthly in-school club meetings during science classes that correlate with the current studies of that class. Middle and high school students have the opportunity to participate in Club Day meetings at their schools and are currently being taught healthy lifestyles curricula. A homeschool program is currently promoting citizenship and healthy lifestyles. All Franklin County 4-H members have an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities that include Project Achievement, Forestry Judging, livestock exhibiting, Poultry Judging, Livestock Judging and community service projects. Many summer-season educational activities are also offered, such as the summer camping program through Georgia 4-H and local day camps. Students participating in Franklin County 4-H are encouraged to participate in citizenship and leadership activities. Our goal is to help produce active community leaders for tomorrow. Students are encouraged to participate in classroom and school governments and to attend meetings of our local governments.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
Although Franklin County does not have a Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) agent based in the county Extension office, we strive to assist local residents with their questions. Common questions cover food safety, food preservation, dealing with mold and mildew, healthy meal planning, nutrition, family budgeting and more. These issues and others are answered through a wide variety of free UGA Extension publications available at the county office and through phone conferences with Family and Consumer Sciences agents from surrounding counties. Neighboring FCS agents often conduct programming that our county residents are welcome to attend.