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 Quitman County 4-H Club had a successful 2016. With continued support from the Quitman County Board of Commissioners, additional enrichment activities were offered during the summer. Cloverleaf and Junior 4-H’ers enjoyed several daytrips and activities, including: strawberry picking and canning, a trip to the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, a tour of the National Infantry Museum, 4-H2O Camp in Mitchell County, Zoonosis Day Camp at Chehaw Park, and a day of geocaching and exploring at Kolomoki Mounds and State Park. Fifteen 4-H’ers attended these summer daytrips, made possible by the partnership between Quitman County 4-H, the Quitman County Board of Commissioners and Pataula Transit, which enabled Quitman County 4-H to receive free transportation services. Quitman County also had six 4-H’ers attend camp at Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island, and eight 4-H’ers participated in various projects at the Georgia National Fair. Quitman County also had two seventh-grade 4-H’ers compete in Junior Project Achievement. This was the first time in a few years that Quitman County was represented in the competition. Both 4-H’ers placed first in their projects. Quitman County 4-H continues monthly in-school 4-H club meetings in grades four through eight. Fourth- and fifth-graders received instruction on nutrition and on the five food groups represented in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate, while sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders learned about money management through the “Your Money, Your Future” 4-H curriculum. The Quitman County School District and Quitman County Extension collaborated on a project called “Career Week,” which was designed to satisfy the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) school requirements. This partnership included other organizations in the county and was developed so that students in first through fifth grades learned about the required career clusters from community leaders currently working in those careers. Students were able to learn about local government from a county commissioner, health sciences from the Quitman County Health Department nurse manager, careers in energy from a local Diverse Power officer and agricultural careers from UGA Extension. F
AMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
The Family and Consumer Sciences program continues to grow in Quitman County. This year we offered classes to the Quitman County School District nutrition staff that met their requirements for accreditation. Partnerships were formed with the Quitman County School’s parent liaison to identify areas where parents of students may need assistance, and Extension provided parenting resources for those adults. Classes in financial management were conducted for clients of the Enrichment Services Program of Quitman County. In addition to the adult programming, sixth-grade students participated in the “Relationship Smarts” course, in which they learned healthy decision-making skills to use in their various relationships.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
In 2016, a new partnership with the neighboring Randolph County Agriculture and Natural Resources agent helped in assisting farmers, landowners and homeowners with their questions. Phone-call and site-visit topics ranged from aquatic weed control in fish ponds, to lawn weed control, to pine beetle damage in timber stands. Agriculture generated more than $8 million in total farm gate value in 2015, with timber sales accounting for 40 percent and row crops of peanuts, hay and cotton accounting for another 25 percent.