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.
Community service and leadership opportunities are offered to 4-H youth monthly in Coffee County. 4-H members donate canned foods to support the local food banks and pop tabs to help the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Coffee 4-H donated 500 pounds of pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House in Savannah. 4-H members also donated more than 400 canned foods during the year. 4-H’ers spend time giving service to the Adopt-A-Highway program, going to Pet Therapy visitation at local nursing homes and much more. Additionally, more than 230 members serve their clubs in leadership roles as club officers and 56 members have completed Georgia 4 H Certified Teen Leader Training. Currently, one member, Jeremiah Brantley, is representing 39 counties in Southeast Georgia as board member for the Southeast District Senior Board of Directors.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
Coffee County Cooperative Extension implemented the SNAP-Ed program in Coffee County in 2016. This program is designed to teach low-income families how to prepare healthy, nutritious meals at a low cost. Since its beginning, the program has been offered to more than 250 families, with great success. The two classes are Food Talk: Better U, which is offered over a period of four weeks, or Food Talk, which is held over a period of six weeks. These classes offer a combination of tips on meal planning, exercise for all ages, cooking on a budget, how to steer clear of hidden sodium and added sugars and more. Both the Food Talk: Better U and Food Talk courses are centered around helping families find the means to have family dinner ready in a matter of minutes. These courses are designed to teach the average family skills that are necessary to maintain healthy diets while leading the hectic lives most Americans lead.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) information is offered to the community monthly in Coffee County. In 2019, Coffee County Extension ANR was involved in 10 on-farm research projects for tobacco, peanut and cotton crops. The on-farm tobacco research plot focused on the evaluation of Verimark and Admire Pro as stand-alone and combination treatments for control of tomato spotted wilt. The objective of the on-farm peanut research trial was to, develop, conduct and collect large-plot, on-farm, multi-year data on efficacy of fungicides on soil-borne diseases of peanut. The on-farm dryland cotton research plot in Coffee County was one of several Georgia Cotton program variety-testing sites. The data collected is of real importance to the growers in Coffee County and the state of Georgia. The results will be presented during annual winter county production meetings and through various print and online media.