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
White County 4-H programs and events are offered for youth to learn and excel in leadership, citizenship, public-speaking and critical-thinking skills. A total of 168 youth participated in 4-H Project Achievement at the club level; 27 continued on and competed at the district competition. Three hundred fifth-grade students participated in the “Motion Commotion” science experiment. Teen leader training was offered in collaboration with Hall County 4-H, and two new teen leaders were certified. The club conducted a “Time for Change” collection for our local animal shelter, and collected $200.44. The club sponsored two Rabies Clinics in cooperation with Cleveland Veterinary Hospital. Seventeen volunteers, youth and adults assisted, and more than 1,000 dogs and cats were vaccinated. One hundred and one students and family members attended our annual awards program. Compared to 2015, 20 more 4-H’ers participated in our after-school programming.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Nathan Eason, White County Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, has been working diligently with farmers and landowners in White County this past year. Vineyard research and educational programming continues to help vineyard operators optimize yield production while decreasing input costs. The Extension office offered guidance on farm crop insurance and best management practices during drought conditions for beef and hay producers suffering from the drought. It is estimated that Extension services have an annual $100,000 to $200,000 economic impact on this White County industry by assuming that producers are increasing their production by 20 percent based on Extension recommendations. In 2016, Eason began collaborating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service on a grant project for a trial of annual forages on a cattle farm in White County; this project will continue for the next two years. Another successful year passed with the 4-H Garden Club. Local 4-H’ers planted an earlier spring garden this year to increase attendance while students were still in school. They learned about differences between warm- and cool-season vegetables and high tunnel production. As always, the White County Extension office offers a wide range of laboratory testing for water, feed, soil, chemicals and poultry litter to the citizens of White County. In 2016, White County Extension submitted a total of 150 soil samples, 73 water samples, 30 animal waste samples and 16 feed and forage samples.
OTHER SERVICES AND ACHIEVEMENTS
White County Extension hosted an annual Georgia Ag Forecast seminar at Unicoi State Park. The seminar was put on by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences agricultural and applied economics department. Additionally, the Extension office hosted the new dean for the college, Dean Sam Pardue, in an effort to showcase the north Georgia vineyard industry. Additionally, White County Extension works to support local events in the county, such as the Farm-to-School Education Day, Farm City Breakfast, Rotary Club and United Way fundraisers, as we do each year.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.