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:
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Troup County has transitioned from a county that ranked as one of the top cotton-producing counties in Georgia at the beginning of the 20th century to a county that has integrated industrial growth into the economy while maintaining the charm of an agricultural setting. Agri-tourism is second only to livestock production in terms of revenues produced in Troup County. Livestock production adds approximately $8.1 million per year to the county economy and agritourism adds another $1.8 million. The interest in homegrown produce and livestock grown in a sustainable manner has increased. The Market on Main and October Fest have been hits with local citizens who wish to purchase fresh, locally grown food. Nearly 900 people are currently employed in agriculture-related businesses. The forest resources of Troup County provide an additional $4.7 million to the local economy. These lands not only provide wood and fiber to Georgia’s forest product industries, they also provide recreation in the form of hunting and fishing to many local citizens and tourists from outside the county. Troup County’s Extension office provides access to the most up-to-date information from UGA. The office fielded over 1,100 calls and made more than 190 site visits concerning home gardening, small orchards, small poultry flocks, livestock, pasture management, horticulture, wells, insect problems and a myriad of other subject areas. There are 241 farms comprising nearly 38,000 acres in Troup County. The Agriculture and Natural Resources agent makes site visits to these farms to help farmers make informed decisions, identify potential problems and determine solutions. These site visits are made to homeowners with horticulture problems. The City of LaGrange also relies on the Extension office to provide expertise in agricultural and horticultural issues. The Extension office acts as a liaison with other agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. By coordinating with these agencies, Troup County is able to deliver more services. UGA specialists from Griffin and Athens, Georgia, campuses are available to add their input, too. The Extension office also provides soil and water testing, and forage analysis. The Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program has, in this past year, provided more than 1,900 hours of volunteer service to more than 34 projects in the county.
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
The 4-H program has been serving youth in Troup County for many years. More than 500 students are participating in leadership activities, community service and citizenship projects, contests, summer camps, judging teams, conferences, science activities, and special interest clubs like BB and shotgun. Project Achievement provides 4-H’ers with the skills to grow year after year by completing project work and preparing demonstrations, speeches, or illustrated talks on topics of their choice. These activities form memories and teach life skills that students will carry for the rest of their lives. One benefit of 4-H participation is that each student is able to learn and develop in the project area that is of interest to them. Projects include poultry, economics and science. Investing in Troup County's children provides the foundation for their future career successes as well as the continued development of the county.