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
UGA Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) agents provide answers for homeowners and farmers about many topics including soil fertility, safe pesticide application, water usage, home gardening and crop and pasture management. UGA Extension in Glascock County conducts soil, forage and water testing through the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratory at UGA. By correctly identifying plants, insects, diseases and weeds, ANR agents help Georgians make sound pesticide use decisions daily. These fertilization and pest management recommendations help reduce unnecessary pollution inputs into Georgia waterways.
All of these services are available through local UGA Extension offices. Farm visits are an integral important part of programming here. Local needs-based programming is the goal for UGA Extension. Beef-cattle producers are an integral part of the community and their industry supports multiple feed and supply stores as well as machinery dealers and mechanical repair shops. The Glascock County area has been in a moderate drought since late spring. This turned into a severe drought in late summer and the fall. Combined with low beef prices, this created financial hardship. Producers were able to develop drought plans that organized cattle inventory as selling groups in order of sales depending on length and severity of drought as well as method of sale for each group and established supplemental feeding plans. They also built up soil fertility so that maintenance would cost less and recovery would be more complete and less costly.
4-H Youth Development
Georgia 4-H’s mission is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. This is accomplished through hands-on learning experiences focused on agricultural and environmental issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation and citizenship. The Glascock County 4-H Club has made a tremendous impact on the lives of young people through local programming delivered in the school system, after school, during summer classes and activities, and through district and statewide events and competitions. Local highlights include community service projects such as Adopt-a-Highway and Birthday Buddies at the local nursing home.
Family and Consumer Sciences
UGA Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) agents provide answers for Georgians about canning, freezing, food preservation and safety each and every day. Foodborne illness can be costly to the state and community, and can even be deadly. The elderly, chronically ill and young children are at high risk for complications to foodborne illnesses that may 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 easily cause economic disaster. Just one case of foodborne illness can cost millions in medical costs. To assist our county residents, publications featuring all aspects of food preservation and food safety are available in our local office. UGA FACS agents provide ServSafe® certification classes for individuals in the food service industry. This certification is required by all food-service establishments. The adoption of safe food-handling practices benefits all Georgians by reducing food poisoning and associated health care costs.