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
A new UGA Extension 4-H and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent was added in November 2016. Efforts have been focused on improving Wilkinson County’s 4-H program. The county continues to offer 4-H club meetings to youth within the local school system in the fourth through 12th grades. In-school club meetings are offered to fourth- through eighth-graders, during which students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge to develop life skills though hands-on learning experiences and summer camping opportunities. Wilkinson County youth are involved in leadership and public speaking through participation in Project Achievement at the district level. Club members are active in community service projects throughout Wilkinson County. Students were actively involved in hosting a communitywide haunted house, communitywide Easter egg hunt and the Irwinton Christmas parade.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Although Wilkinson County Extension just received a new agent, efforts have been focused on extending Extension’s influence within the community in order to assist local residents with many of their questions and concerns. We provide residents with a broad spectrum of free publications to address their agricultural concerns, including lawn care, gardening, herbicide and pesticide use, insect control and livestock management. Our office has the ability to network with agents and specialists in the surrounding counties and state in order to assist local residents with answers to agriculture and natural resources questions.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
Wilkinson County Extension doesn’t currently have a Family and Consumer Sciences agent. We still strive to assist local residents with their questions. Common questions asked are in regard to food safety, food preservation, mold and mildew management, healthy meal planning, family budgeting and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) materials. These topics and more are answered through a vast array of free UGA Extension publications available at the county office or through phone and video conferences with Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agents in surrounding counties. Often, neighboring agents are conducting programming that our county residents are welcome to attend. Efforts are currently being made to host joint programming with specialists and agents from nearby counties to bring hands-on information on topics such as healthy meal planning for diabetics, home energy efficiency and SNAP-Ed to the county.