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
Lincoln County 4-H continues to request support from the members of the Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce to assist with District Project Achievement (DPA) costs. The 2016 DPA donations received covered almost 60 percent of the costs associated with Cloverleaf DPA. Lincoln County’s delegation had 29 fifth- and sixth-grade 4-H’ers who competed at Cloverleaf DPA and two certified 4-H Teen Leaders who assisted the youth at competition. Nineteen of the 29 competitors placed first, second or third at Cloverleaf Project Achievement. Lincoln County was also recognized in 2016 for the largest increase in attendance to Senior DPA. Fundraising efforts will help fill our increased camp quota with more children attending 4-H summer camp during the summer of 2017. To date, 4-Her’s have raised over $2,000 to help cover camp costs and there are still more fundraising opportunities before the end of the school year. Community service efforts continue to be an important component of the local 4-H program. Lincoln County 4-H members have volunteered at the local food pantry, at Operation Backpack to help pack backpacks to send to Kentucky and collected needed supplies for the animal shelter. Lincoln County 4-H has successfully started a 4-H Horse Club “Hoofbeats.” Commissioner Cooper Cliatt has graciously volunteered to allow the Lincoln County 4-H Horse Club to meet at his farm. The Hoofbeats meet once a month at Cliatt’s Farm, where they work with horses and are able to participate in hands-on learning. Lincoln County 4-H is currently in the process of starting a Lincoln County 4-H Garden Club that will also be volunteer-led. Volunteerism will allow us to grow the local program.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Lincoln County does not have an Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) agent based in the county Extension office; however, Extension personnel assist local residents with many questions and concerns. Extension offers testing of soil, water and numerous other tissue samples, which can be handled through the Lincoln County Extension office. The office also provides residents with a wide variety of free publications related to an array of agricultural topics. Some of these cover lawn care, care of orchards, insect control, herbicide and pesticide use, beekeeping, etc. The office can also assist residents in finding answers to their agriculture-related questions from agents in surrounding counties or state specialists.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
Although Lincoln County does not have a full-time Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) agent based in the county Extension office, she is in Lincoln County one day per week and is willing 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, SNAP-Ed resources and more. During the summer of 2016, the agent provided programming and education for youth participating in DPA food projects. A one-day, 4-H Food Project Day Camp was offered, allowing 14 potential food project competitors to learn MyPlate recommendations, general meal planning, how to compute meal costs per serving, how to read food nutrition labels, how to read and follow a recipe, proper use of knives, how to properly set the table, common kitchen equipment, proper measuring techniques and more. All youth also successfully completed the ServSafe® food handler training and began working on their portfolios. Four Lincoln County youths competed in two Cloverleaf DPA food projects: Food Fare and Between-Meal Snacks. Two competitors won first and second place in Food Fare out of 11 competitors. Two others placed first and second in Between-Meal Snacks out of eight competitors.