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
The UGA Extension office in Lee County conducted meetings on pecans, cotton, soybeans, corn, peanuts, weeds and crop diseases. The Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Doug Collins, received $2,950 from businesses in support of county production meetings. He also taught plant physiology and soils and soil fertility classes to the Dougherty County Master Gardeners. Technical assistance provided totaled 684 site visits, 752 face-to-face interactions, in-office visits and 919 phone contacts. Eight monthly agricultural newsletters were produced. A total of 54 articles were included in the newsletters, and Collins wrote four of those articles. All newsletters were emailed to approximately 100 farmers and members of the agricultural industry. Collins wrote 52 weekly newspaper columns, published with accompanying photographs, in the Lee County Ledger. Topics of the column related to homeowner issues like gardening and landscaping. Three interviews with the agent were broadcast on WALB-TV. Collins taught a lesson on agricultural water use at the Water Festival. A PowerPoint presentation and a quiz-bowl-type game were used in 29 sessions to teach 719 fifth-graders and teachers how water is used in an agricultural setting. County Extension Secretary Jan Weathersby handles client soil, water and plant tissue samples for laboratory submission and helps growers obtain and receive credit for pesticide licenses.
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Lee County 4-H members, led by 4-H Agent Mallory Wise and Educator Jennifer King, were involved in a wide variety of activities in 2016. They learned a wide range of skills, from marksmanship and teamwork to reasoning and public speaking. The Project S.A.F.E. (Shooting, Awareness, Fun and Education) shotgun team is still up and running. There are nine certified coaches and over 30 team members. Lee County was represented at the Area Poultry Judging Competition and Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging Competition, where the Junior teams placed fourth. There were 14 participants at District Project Achievement. This past summer, 41 kids, four adults and three Teen Leaders attended summer camp at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Youth also had the opportunity to attend 4-H20 Day Camp. Two 4-H'ers were selected to serve as summer camp counselors last summer. In an effort to raise funds for camp and shooting sports, Lee County 4-H’ers sold more than 5,000 lbs. of Vidalia onions. Other opportunities for participation included a dog club, our after-school club for middle and high school students, and numerous community service events. Our dog club did a variety of activities, ranging from making dog treats and collecting toys to donate to learning about dog breeds and volunteering at an animal shelter. We conducted a large service project that included counties from all over the area. They donated old cotton shirts that the youth used to make toys for the dogs and cats at the shelters here in Leesburg and Albany. It was a huge success and we look forward to bringing more opportunities to the youth in Lee County in the upcoming year.