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.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
The Brantley County Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources program offers many services to local clientele. The program offers soil, water and plant analysis through the university’s laboratories, as well as in-office and on-site consultations on a wide array of issues. The Extension agent assists clients with issues such as pond management, lawn health and maintenance, gardening issues and strategies, forestry, horticulture, and livestock care and maintenance. UGA Extension agents play a vital role in the success of the agricultural industry through the distribution of university-based research for clientele to use on the farm or at home. Agriculture in Brantley County has an annual farm-gate income of $41 million.
4-H Youth Development
Brantley County 4-H is excited to have the participation of fourth- through sixth-grade students in addition to middle- and high-school students. Including these younger students has increased activity and interest in 4-H competitions and activities. Highlights from the past year include participation in standard 4-H events such as District Project Achievement, livestock judging, archery, Horse Club, community service projects, PeaNutrition, MilkMake, Healthy Living activities, pumpkin decorating contests, livestock show teams, District Project Achievement retreat and other activities.
Brantley 4-H’ers also had the opportunity to attend six summer programs. We kicked off summer programs with a Rollin’ into Summer skating party and pizza. Brantley 4-H’ers then spent the day in beautiful Fernandina, Florida, visiting Fort Clinch for a guided tour and ended the trip with some friendly competition in miniature golf. Members also took a trip to Okefenokee Swamp Park for a boat ride, train ride and culture classes on life in the Okefenokee. The Livestock Team took a trip to Athens, Georgia, where they improved their judging skills, and Horse Club members had a fun week expanding their riding skills at Horse Camp. The greatest trip of all was 4-H camp at Rock Eagle. Twenty-seven 4-H’ers, parents and staff enjoyed a jam-packed week of learning opportunities, adventures and tons of fun.
Summer programs also included bowling and a multicounty trip to Summer Waves where 4-H’ers enjoyed the sun, water slides and meeting other Southeast District 4-H members. Brantley also had at least one 4-H’er attend every summer camp available. Each program averaged 10 to 20 Brantley 4-H’ers, parents and staff. Brantley County 4-H is excited about our continued growth and we look forward to continuing to “make the best better.”