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
Johnson County agriculture continues to be fairly strong. Row crop acreage is still in the range of 11,000 to 12,000 acres, with peanuts and cotton leading the way. Cattle and timber are locked in as front-runners for agricultural value leaders in Johnson County. Producers in Johnson County are producing high quality forages and lots of them. In 2019, Johnson County had entries in the National Corn Growers’ yield contest, as well as top ten finishers in the Southeast hay contest. The National Corn contest entry boasted a 278-bushel-per-acre entry, which impressive for a producer who typically grows cotton. Cattle numbers continue to grow. The county has multiple producers who are backgrounding and finishing fat cattle, in addition to the normal cow/calf operations. The drought and heat of 2019 pushed our county into D-3 drought status in early October. The dry weather was very conducive for cotton and peanut harvest. However, many producers lost their last cutting of hay and had to start feeding hay 45 to 60 days earlier than normal. Johnson County Extension either hosted or co-hosted nearly a dozen meetings that credited pesticide license holders with continuing education hours. We had meetings on small ruminant production, small grains, pecans, vegetable production, corn, peanuts, cotton, residential wells, mid-season weed and disease management and fish ponds. In 2019, Johnson County Extension had a nearly 100% increase in feed and forage samples sent to the UGA Feed Lab from the previous year. Entering 2020, I hope Johnson County Extension can continue building good productive relationships in the community.
JOHNSON COUNTY 4-H 2019 REVIEW
In 2019, Johnson County 4-H continued to improve and impact the lives of the students enrolled in our program. There were several successful programs that strengthened and prospered during the 2019 year. In-school programming was delivered to fifth and sixth graders once per month, where they learned all about Project Achievement, healthy lifestyles and many other topics. Junior and Senior 4-H’ers had the opportunity to participate in after-school club meetings, also once per month, where they assisted in planning community service and citizenship activities in the community. Johnson County received the award for the highest percentage of winners at Cloverleaf DPA in the Southeast District. Junior/Senior Project Achievement was also a success, with many placing in their categories and two students advancing to compete in their project areas at State Congress. Johnson County 4-H Project SAFE (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) youth continued to participate in numerous events in both archery and shotgun competitions throughout the state. This past year, our youth benefited from several grants and generous donations from local supporters, Operation Round-Up through our local EMC cooperation and the National Rifle Association. Students learned the value of consumer consumption and judging through competing in both the local and state Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging contests. Youth continued to show livestock through Johnson County 4-H in local, district and state-level shows. As the end of a successful year came to a close, the annual Johnson County 4-H Awards Reception took place, where more than 65 youth were invited to be recognized as participants and award nominees.