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.
District Project Achievement (DPA) continues to be our most active program in Catoosa County 4-H. Catoosa County had 84 competitors andseven teen leaders representing the county at Cloverleaf DPA held at Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Georgia, in January, receiving an award for a high number of participants. In March, we took nine 4-H’ers to Junior/Senior DPA.
Catoosa County 4-H visited all fifth grade classes at the county’s eight elementary schools, focusing on College and Career Readiness Index lesson plans. We also enjoyed going to all the middle schools and focusing on teen leadership and citizenship activities.
Judging teams in Catoosa County 4-H this year included poultry, forestry, and cotton boll and consumer judging. The BB team was new to Catoosa County this year with eight students in fourth through eighth grades. Our BB Team qualified for the state tournament at Rock Eagle and had a blast.
Catoosa welcomed many new staff and employees this year. Caleb Millican became the new 4-H agent in December 2019, Roberta Pepper the new part-time program assistant in November 2019, and AmeriCorps Lauren Drinnon joined the team. We also gained six new Certified Teen Leaders.
We continued to do community service with our 4-H’ers, participating in Rivers Alive stream cleanup and Adopt-A-Stream workshop, collecting craft supplies for Chambliss Center for Children, teaching a craft lesson to students at Chambliss Center, making reusable diapers out of old t-shirts to be delivered overseas, and volunteering at Hope for the Inner City.
Julia Willingham, who had served at Catoosa County 4-H agent, took over as Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in 2019. This past spring a Forage Field Day was hosted by the National Resources Conservation Service at a Catoosa County farm to educate area farmers on foraging as well as presenting research on red clover. Other agriculture services included the submission of 71 soil tests, six feed and forage tests, two litter samples, three water tests, and three plant tissue tests.
Even without the presence of a FACS agent, we still strive to offer some FACS programs that are relevant and useful to our community. These programs include Walk Georgia, a statewide program that encourages participants to exercise more either as an individual or part of a group. FACS also deals with food safety and preservation as well as questions regarding the home and family. When we receive calls regarding these topics, we contact the FACS agents in other counties in order to help our clientele.