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.
4-H Youth Development
Hart County 4-H collaborated with Hart County Middle School to deliver the Relationship Smarts 3.0 curriculum to all seventh grade students. This curriculum promotes positive relationship-building skills. Six core lessons were delivered to 282 seventh graders from October 2018 to April 2019 during normal class periods. Each meeting included hands-on learning activities and in-depth discussions that reinforced the program content presented. Of the 282 participating youth, 260 graduated from the program, meaning they completed 75% of the curriculum.
Of youth who participated in the program, 72.9% felt they were either a little more confident or a lot more confident than before the program in establishing healthy relationships. The following statistics represent the percentage of students who self-selected either as a little more confident or a lot more confident:
- 72.9% in having a healthy relationship with family and friends• 65.6% in being a good and sensitive listener
- 62.9% in handling conflict in a healthy way
- 74.5% in having a healthy dating relationship
- 61.4% in expressing feelings and sharing expectations with a dating partner
- 60% reported that they were likely or very likely to use the skills learned
- 61% felt that this program was either helpful or very helpful
- 53% reported that they would refer this program to their friends
- 56% felt better about themselves after the program
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Reid Miller, Hart County’s Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, has been working hard over his first six months getting to know the people, assessing needs, and going through mandated Extension program training to ensure he has all the tools needed to serve the community. He was invited to speak at the 2019 Piedmontese Field Day in July where he spoke to people from all over the country about grazing and parasite management. White grubs were a major issue August through October, leading to other pests, mainly armadillos, digging up yards. Miller worked with clients to combat the situation and wrote a newspaper article to spread awareness to the rest of the county. He has also spent many hours assisting our poultry house owners update their comprehensive nutrient-management plans. This will ensure that best practices are being followed in manure management and protecting our natural resources. Fishing University hosted an event at Hart County High School, and Miller was invited to speak about his career path. Miller has built strong relationship with the Hart County Cattleman’s Association, and meetings have been averaging 20 to 30 participants. There have been collaborative efforts with the Hart County Archway program and other agricultural stakeholders from the community to put on two major agricultural events in 2020.