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
Brooks County Extension is committed to meeting the needs of Brooks County commodity producers through field troubleshooting and research efforts. Annually, Brooks County Extension conducts approximately 15 research trials or projects to assist producers with agronomic production issues and challenges. In 2020, Covid-19 did not slow down the research being done in Brooks County. Brooks County has a farm gate value of over 162 million dollars. Research was conducted in watermelons, pecan, cotton, bermudagrass, peanuts, bell pepper, grain corn, citrus, forestry. Research on these crops included disease control, variety trials, insect management, irrigation management. The office was able to host majority of the annual production meetings. During the pandemic, we have learned how to best communicate with our producers. We started sending out production updates through email list servs. We were still able to conduct field visits for troubleshooting. In the fall of 2020, we were able to check peanuts for maturity for producers in the county. Over 300 samples were checked between August and November.
4-H Youth Development
In Brooks County, youth have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of learning activities and competitive events. In the past year, Brooks County has expanded their programming to include natural resource education through Land Judging Competition teams, and Project WET, WILD, and Learning Tree curriculum certifications. We have expanded agricultural education opportunities by offering visits to local livestock operations where youth learn about livestock production first hand, as well as continued livestock showing opportunities.
Due to COVID-19, much of the planned 4-H activities and events were forced to change. Programming throughout the summer was forced to go virtual, when possible, but local programming was able to pick back up in small groups in early Fall. The Brooks County school system has also been willing to accommodate virtual and in person 5th grade 4-H lessons monthly since October.