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 EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Under the 4-H Character Counts curriculum, our Central Elementary School fourth-grade 4-H’ers participated in a variety of fun activities that emphasized the importance of respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, caring and fairness. Our fifth-grade students took part in the art of public speaking during the 4-H district public speaking competition, and learned the value of healthy eating through our 4-H Healthy Lifestyle curriculum. Talbot County sixth- through eighth-grade 4-H’ers focused on topics ranging from agricultural science to manners and etiquette in the home and school.
4-H ENCOURAGES COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Community service projects were at the forefront for Talbot County 4-H last year, starting with the initial Glenda Lockhart Canned Food Care Package Contest for local seniors ages 65 and up. In an effort to provide food to community elders in need, care packages were created and dispersed during Talbot County Enrichment Services monthly food distribution event. The class that donated the most cans won a delicious ice cream party! Talbot 4-H’ers also donated clothing for an upcoming community clothes closet and participated in other annual 4-H fundraising projects.
4-H AND YOUTH LEADERSHIP
During our 2016 officer training, 4-H’ers were encouraged to exercise their leadership skills as newly appointed 4-H class presidents, vice presidents and recorders. They learned the duties and the importance of their roles as 4-H officers. Another awesome leadership moment for Talbot County 4-H was receiving an award for the largest percentage increase of participants at the annual District Project Achievement competition for the second year, consecutively. Our students competed against over 418 other participants, representing 12 Georgia counties.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
To be eligible for payments and benefits under specified Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) programs, all program participants, either individuals or legal entities, must provide significant contributions to the farming operation to be considered as "actively engaged in farming." Contributions can consist of capital, land and/or equipment, as well as active personal labor and/or active personal management. The management contribution must be critical to the profitability of the farming operation and the contributions must be at risk. In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency service center, the Fort Valley State University Extension agent successfully provided unbiased education and outreach to 15 new entities in Talbot County, with an economic impact estimated at $73,124. These payments come from the 2016 Livestock Forage Disaster Program. The agent also provided information to numerous landowners concerning the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s various conservation programs, with an economic impact totaling $126,000. Recommendations were made in the areas of aquaculture, soil fertility, pest control, livestock, ornamental trees, horticulture, small ruminants, wildlife, pecans, forages and small grains. Well water was tested for homeowners. UGA laboratories completed a total of 43 soil and water tests.