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
The Lumpkin County 4-H archery and BB teams have hit a bull’s-eye with the Project S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) program. The program has doubled in participants in the past year due to the hard work and dedication of 4-H certified volunteers and Project S.A.F.E. coaches. Currently there are 16 BB and 35 archery participants in Lumpkin County. This past year, five archery coaches and five BB coaches have gone through the Georgia 4-H Project S.A.F.E. training. The Project S.A.F.E. teams have raised over $6,000 to help keep registration fees at a minimum for 4-H students. A total of 450 coaching hours were accrued this past year, and 300 hours were accrued by risk-management-trained 4-H volunteers in assisting, chaperoning, transporting and fundraising for the teams. Per hour, a volunteer’s time is worth $23.07, according to the federal government. In terms of monetary value, the number of hours volunteered equates to over $17,300.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
The UGA Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Lumpkin County, Clark MacAllister, assists farmers and homeowners with many topics, including soil fertility, safe pesticide use, private pesticide license testing, water use, home gardening, small farm startups, and crop and pasture management. The Lumpkin County Extension office also provides soil, water, forage and plant pathogen testing through the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories at UGA. The UGA Extension agent was instrumental in setting up applied research in wine grapes all over north Georgia. The agent helped write a grant to fund research testing the efficacy of different pruning methods in north Georgia vineyards. Pruning techniques were evaluated for levels of disease control and bud-break delay for cold protection. Many local producers have used this research to modify outdated pruning techniques.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
Although Lumpkin County does not have a Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) agent based in the county Extension office, local Extension personnel 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, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) resources 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 FCS agents from surrounding counties. Neighboring FCS agents often conduct programming that Lumpkin County residents are welcome to attend. The Lumpkin County Extension office can provide information about programming in surrounding counties.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is working hard for its constituents. The following are examples of our impact in the county over the past year.