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
Contributing nearly $20 billion to agriculture in the U.S., honeybees play a vital role in Georgia’s farming communities. With strong blueberry production that benefits from pollination, Clinch County is no exception. Despite the pandemic, the Clinch County Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Extension agent, agricultural lab services continued. Agricultural producers and homeowners were able to leave their soil, water, and plant tissues in a no-contact dropbox for Extension staff to send to the lab. This simple dropbox maintained our connection with our community and their needs. Additionally, research projects in the timber industry are conducted. In collaboration with university specialists, on-farm research results in improved crop varieties, enhanced integrated pest management and increased profitability. Animal producers also benefit from management advice and university research publications provided by the agent
4-H Youth Development
The 4-H program in Clinch County is expanding possibilities for many 4-H’ers, opening opportunities they might not otherwise have, which is very rewarding. In 2020, Clinch County continued to collaborate with the school system in order to forge a way forward with programming during COVID-19.
Clinch County 4-H holds an annual Christmas fruit sale fundraiser that provides funding for 4-H programs such as summer camp rallies, DPA reward trips, DPA registration fees, Trunk-or-Treat at Clinch County Elementary/Middle School, Honors Day awards and pizza parties. We attempt to make all camps as affordable as possible for our 4-H’ers. Clinch County Extension offers two additional fundraisers — Yankee Candle sales and candy bar sales. These fundraisers are used to fully cover or help offset camp costs, giving children of all economic backgrounds in Clinch County the opportunity to benefit from the life lessons learned at 4-H camps and DPA events.
Family and Consumer Sciences
UGA Extension provides answers for Georgians about canning, freezing, food preservation and safety each and every day. Foodborne illnesses can be costly to the state and community, and they can even be deadly. The elderly, the chronically ill and young children are at high risk for complications due to foodborne illnesses that are likely to require hospitalization. Preventing illnesses keeps parents from missing work and losing pay that can be spent for goods in the local economy. Improperly thawed or mishandled food can be an economic disaster for a family.
To assist county residents, publications featuring all aspects of food preservation and food safety are available in the local Extension office.