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Our Impact

Making A Difference in Our County

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is working hard for its constituents. The following are examples of Extension’s impact in the county over the past year.

4-H Youth

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Baker County 4-H Club continued to make the best better by providing several opportunities to youth, grades 5th - 12th grade in 2020.  Three 4-Hers participated in their first virtual District Project Achievement in 2020.  DPA is designed to teach 4-Hers important life skills such as public speaking, time management, sportsmanship and self-confidence.  The students did well adjusting to the virtual world with two kids placing 1st place.  Two 4-Hers presented a portfolio and are preparing for competition in the summer of 2021.  Fundraisers continued throughout the year and money was raised to help with future activities.  Healthy lifestyle posts and various educational programs from across the state were shared on Baker County 4-H Facebook page to give the 4-Hers an opportunity to participate and remain active.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Peanuts continue to be a leading crop in Baker County.  The farmers depend on peanuts for the majority of their personal net farm income every year.  Baker County Extension as part of the University of Georgia continues to provide unbiased research based production recommendations that has improved peanut production, profitability, yield, and quality of Baker County peanuts.

The row crops we use in a peanut rotation, corn and cotton, have seem lower prices in 2018 and 2019.  The lower prices for corn and cotton have resulted in farmers being encourage to plant more peanuts to make the farm profitable.  This reduction in peanut rotation has created the need to increase farm management to maintain peanut yields.  The local extension agent is seen as an educational resource to improve farm management to with on-farm test plots, production meetings, timely newsletters, and as needed farm visits.  This gets the latest research to the farms in a timely matter that allows for the quick application of improved production techniques.  Baker County Farmers have been open to adopt new production technology such a GPS Guided Tractors, New Irrigation Techniques, Fungicide Spray Programs and Harvest based on UGA Hull Scrape Techniques.

The average peanut price was .23 cents per pound resulting in over 19 million dollars in Baker County peanut sales.  UGA Extension is seen as a vital part in the continued success and profitablility in Peanut production in Baker County and improving net farm income for all Georgia farm families.

Family and Consumer Sciences

Due to COVID-19, the Baker County Family and Consumer Sciences program came to a halt for face to face programming in March 2020.  The FACS program vital education and with Georgia citizens quarantined at home.  There was an urgent need to find a new method to disseminate information.  A social media page was created using Facebook to get out valuable information to citizens in the county and across the state.  COVID-19 related issues were addressed as well as health and exercise, housing, food, safety, agriculture and parenting.  Facebook followers praised the program for the quick response to the COVID situation and numerous other topics.  As a result, through social media, clientele gained knowledge through the posts on UGA Extension Baker/Mitchell County Family and Consumer Science Facebook page and total views has been over 9000 times since the pandemic began.

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