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.
CALHOUN COUNTY 4-H PROGRAM
The Calhoun County 4-H Club, led by agent Shanda Ashley, provides various opportunities to the youth of the community that help them learn valuable life skills. Healthy lifestyles and financial literacy lessons are taught during club meetings held in the local schools.
4-H also offers opportunities such as District Project Achievement competition, summer camp, robotics activities, Project S.A.F.E programs, livestock projects, Enviroscape classes and other 4-H events. Calhoun County 4-H raises funds to assist with activity fees. These opportunities help improve students’ public speaking skills, strengthen decision-making skills, and enhance math, science and writing skills.
CALHOUN COUNTY AGRICULTURE
Peanuts, cotton and corn are the predominant crops grown in Calhoun County and provide the main source of income for most farmers in the county. Farm gate values for 2017 were reported at $84,807,055 in Calhoun County. If left uncontrolled, diseases can cause a greater than 50 percent yield reduction in some crops. With the valuable information provided by specialists and from on-farm data, producers, consultants and chemical salesmen can better protect crops. The more effective we are in disease control, the more impact we can have on profit and the economy of Calhoun County. A variety of educational activities have been designed and are being conducted to document yield-loss potential of row crop diseases, test new control programs and educate farmers on these diseases. Effective management and chemical control options are viable tools that all producers in the county must have to protect their crops. Educational programming led by UGA Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent Luke Crosson also raise awareness in the general public and with public officials about Extension’s efforts and impact.
Through the Walk Georgia program, the UGA Extension office in Calhoun County invites residents to increase their physical activity level in a fun, community-oriented way. Residents can register for this free program online at walkgeorgia.org as individuals or as a group. Walk Georgia can also be used in the workplace as part of a worksite wellness program or in schools.
Family and Consumer Sciences
UGA Extension provides nutrition education programs and educational materials for adults and youth. By improving the overall health habits of Georgians, fewer hospitalizations and medications will be required, reducing health care costs for individuals, taxpayers, small businesses and corporations. Traci Aycock at the county Extension office can provide publications and assist residents in locating appropriate programs in
Healthier Together Calhoun
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded grant funds to UGA for fighting obesity in Calhoun County. As a result, Healthier Together Calhoun began in November 2016. Calhoun County Extension works with UGA partners to implement community-based strategies to support behavioral and environmental changes for healthy eating and physical activity for children and families. Educational outreach will be conducted through Clayton County 4-H and Family and Consumer Sciences with the help of a new program assistant supported by the grant. A community coalition was formed to give input for working on project goals and measuring success.