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. Kimberly Kester, Clinch County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension agent, teaches youth and adults about honey production, honeybee pollination and how bees impact our food supply. She provides producers assistance with routine soil analysis, nematode sampling and plant-tissue analysis. 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 Clinch County 4-H Club is expanding possibilities for many 4-H’ers, opening them up to opportunities they might not otherwise have, which is very rewarding. In 2018, Clinch County 4-H took 89 children to camp and 28 children to District Project Achievement (DPA). Our programs are important because children receive an educational experience that is fun while they develop self-confidence and responsibility and practice good habits that lead to healthier lifestyles. Clinch County 4-H promotes 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 held at Clinch County Elementary School and Clinch County Middle School, Honors Day Awards, and pizza parties. The intent is 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.