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
Sustainable farms produce crops and raise animals without relying on practices that degrade soil, water or other natural resources. By growing a variety of plants and using techniques such as crop rotation, conservation tillage and pasture-based livestock husbandry, sustainable farms protect biodiversity and foster the development and maintenance of healthy ecosystems. Sustainable farms also bolster local and regional economies, creating good jobs and building strong communities. Because of the importance of sustainable farms, UGA Extension in Harris County offered programs on drip irrigation, vegetable and flower gardening, backyard poultry flock management, egg candling, pesticide recertification classes, weed management in pastures and hay fields, goat nutrition, pasture management for horses and improved profitability for small ruminants. The Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) agent collaborated with the UGA Forage Team to teach the UGA GrassMasters program. This program is a coordinated effort between the UGA Extension Forage program and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The GrassMasters program is a seven-week program for livestock and forage producers. The program covers various aspects of production including soil health, fertilization, weed management and grazing management. All seven sessions in the program are focused on quality forage production that reduces weed competition and economic losses for livestock and forage producers. This program is coordinated by and offered through county Extension offices in Georgia.
4-H Youth Development
The Harris County 4-H Club was excited to offer more science opportunities to students. The 4-H program was able to reach more students by starting an after-school science club called “C-4 4-H Club at Creekside School.” Members engage in hands-on science experiments once a month. It has been a fun and educational program promoting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), and science doesn’t end there. All types of science in agriculture were taught to seventh- and eighth-graders during special in-school time. Some lessons were composed of building components and cognitive thinking to go along with the engineering of STEAM. Students learned the importance of working together in order to achieve an outcome. Harris County 4-H is composed of many different judging teams, shooting sport disciplines, public speaking and much more to occupy different personalities. Volunteer leaders offer their skills to help in the programs. Everyone works together for the common goal of engaging children to be self-sufficient and contributing adults.
Family and Consumer Sciences
We do not have a Family and Consumer Sciences program in Harris County. We call on Muscogee County Extension for assistance.