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:
BUILDING LEADERS FOR THE FUTURE
The Georgia 4-H motto, "To make the best better," serves as our cornerstone in building leaders for the future. Tattnall County 4-H teaches include leadership, citizenship, workforce readiness and public speaking. Students start in the fifth grade, building their public-speaking skills through the Project Achievement process. When students are in seventh through 12th grades, they advance to the world of resume skills. Students are called on to present their project work to different community groups, build educational exhibits and teach others in various forms. This past year, Tattnall County 4-H had seven students who represented the county at Georgia 4-H State Congress. Tattnall County had one student on state leadership board, and two served as counselors at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. I
T’S NOT ABOUT THE SEAT, IT’S ABOUT THE LIFE!
Families understand the importance of proper safety equipment in vehicles, and take steps to ensure that their children are transported in a safe manner. As a result, children are less likely to be injured, disabled or killed in vehicle crashes. Since over 50 percent of children born in Georgia receive Medicaid benefits, keeping children safe reduces the cost of medical and trauma care to taxpayers. Most importantly, this type of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Extension program can save the lives of young children. In 27.6 percent of Tattnall County car crashes where children were present, those children were unrestrained. The Tattnall County FCS agent collaborated with Georgia Safe Kids and the UGA Traffic Injury Prevention Institute to offer educational programs to parents on child safety. The workshops concentrated on the proper use of child safety seats. This training also provided car seats to parents who qualified to ensure the availability and use of the proper seat for the age and stage of the child. These seats are provided through a grant from the Department of Public Health (DPH). At the end of the training, parents are expected to install a seat in their vehicle to demonstrate their ability to use the child seat correctly. In addition to the DPH grant in 2016, the county received a Buckle Up For Life grant of 100 seats. The Child Passenger Program provided a savings of $12,000 to the community of Tattnall County.
POULTRY, PECANS, AND PRODUCE
Tattnall County takes pride in the fact that its agriculture is truly diverse. Commodities like poultry, pecans and produce are the foundation of our community.Tattnall County has long been known for its onion production; over 5,000 acres of prized Vidalia Onions are grown each year. Other vegetables, like sweet potatoes, watermelons and carrots, also make up significant acreage in the county. Tattnall County is home to a local poultry integrator, and there are over 490 poultry houses within the county. This is our leading agricultural output, valued at over $112 million, according to the 2016 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report. Pecan acreage in Tattnall County has expanded rapidly in the last few years, and there is estimated to be 7,000 acres planted in pecan orchards in the county. Along with our poultry, pecans and produce, Tattnall County also holds row crop acreage in corn, cotton, peanuts, soybeans and wheat. Pasture and cattle also fill our county – there are several thousand head within our borders.