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 in Greene County conducts soil, forage and water tests for Greene County residents through the help of the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories at UGA. In 2018, the Greene County Extension office made more than 93 site-visit contacts covering both traditional and urban agriculture-related issues. The varying focal points of these visits are a representation of the wide range of agriculture-related interests within our county. These on-site consultations addressed issues from forage production for local livestock producers to troubleshooting lawn issues for local homeowners. Working with the local cattle and poultry associations, as well as the local Farm Bureau office, the Extension office helps facilitate several agriculture-related educational opportunities for traditional agriculture producers and county youth. In 2018, more than 400 participants gained unbiased, research-based scientific information on local topics of interest and need.
Greene County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) continued to help provide horticultural learning opportunities for Greene County citizens. The volunteers assist the Extension office with urban agriculture site consultations and with coordination of free seminars to provide research-based information on horticultural topics. The MGEVs distribute information about gardening and related subjects to their communities. Through the MGEV program, Greene County Extension is able to serve a wider range of citizens with educational programming. The Greene County MGEV group is an invaluable asset to our Extension office as we work to best serve our community.
4-H Youth Development
In 2018, the Greene County 4-H Club worked with local youths through in-classroom club meetings, Project Achievement and out-of-school learning opportunities. 4-H is the largest youth organization in the world. The Greene County Extension staff strives to uphold the state mission by assisting youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. Youth can be active members of 4-H from fourth grade to 12th grade. In this county, 4-H is one of few organizations that has traditionally conducted in-school meetings for fourth and fifth grades in all county schools. These meetings cover topics such as character development, building public-speaking skills, learning STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) topics through hands-on experiences and agricultural awareness. All lessons support the state standards for each grade to help enhance the everyday curriculum in the classroom.
Our office also provides after school activities in the areas of: poultry and livestock judging, shooting sports, culinary education, and a wide range of summer educational activities. Home school and cyber academy students are also involved in a number of after school and summer programs. Greene County 4-H maintains an active Junior and Senior Club that meets afterschool and focuses on leadership, citizenship, and career readiness and engages in various community service projects once a month. 4-H Teen Leaders are given opportunities to mentor to younger students and help Extension staff lead programs. Greene County 4-H’ers can attend district and state-wide events such as competitive events, leadership workshops, conferences, and camps.