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
UGA Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) agents provide answers for homeowners and farmers about many topics including soil fertility, safe pesticide application, water use, home gardening, and crop and pasture management. Extension offices conduct soil, forage and water testing through the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories at UGA. By correctly identifying plants, insects, diseases and weeds, ANR agents help Georgians make sound pesticide use decisions daily. Fertilization and pest management recommendations help reduce unnecessary pollution inputs into Georgia waterways. All these services are available through the local UGA Extension office. Farm visits are an important part of programming here. Local, needs-based programming is the goal for UGA Extension. Beef cattle producers are an integral part of the community, and their industry supports multiple feed and supply stores as well as machinery dealers and mechanical repair shops. The area has been in a moderate drought since late spring. This turned into a severe drought in late summer and into the fall. This, combined with low beef prices, created financial hardship. Producers were able to develop drought plans that organized cattle inventory as sell groups depending on length and severity of drought as well as the method of sale for each group; established supplemental feeding plans; and built up soil fertility so that maintenance would cost less and recovery would be more complete.
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Georgia 4-H’s mission is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. This is accomplished through hands-on learning experiences focused on agricultural and environmental issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation and citizenship. Warren County 4-H has made a tremendous impact on the lives of young people through local programming delivered in the school system, at after-school and summer classes, and at activities and district and statewide events and competitions. Local highlights include a partnership with E-Z-GO, which provided startup funds for establishing the Archery Team and Poultry Judging Team as well as general funding for Project Achievement and community service activities. Warren County’s first indoor archery tournament will be held in 2017 and the county now has state-ranked archery participants.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
UGA Extension Family and Consumer Sciences programming provides answers for Georgians about canning, freezing, food preservation and safety each and every day. Foodborne illness can be costly to the state and community, and can even be deadly. The elderly, chronically ill and young children are at high risk for complications due to foodborne illnesses that will likely require hospitalization. Preventing illnesses keeps parents from missing work and losing pay that can be spent on goods in the local economy. Improperly thawed or mishandled food can easily cause economic disaster. Just one case of foodborne illness can cost millions in medical costs. UGA Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agents provide ServSafe® certification classes for individuals in the food service industry, classes that are required by all food service establishments.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.