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
The Lanier County Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) agent taught the second Beginner Beekeeping Series in the area, though the last four classes were canceleld due to COVID-19. Despite the pandemic, agricultural lab services continued. Agricultural producers and homeowners were able to leave their soil, water, and plant tissues in a no-contact dropbox for Extension staff to send to the lab. This simple dropbox maintained our connection with our community and their needs. In collaboration with university specialists, on-farm research results in improved management practices and increased profitability for row crop and small fruit production. Livestock and poultry producers also benefit from troubleshooting and researched-based publications provided by the agent.
Family and Consumer Sciences
The Lanier County Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) agent has focused on building relationships and partnerships with Lanier County organizations and citizens, as well as promoting the role of the FACS agent in Lanier County. In 2020, her work focused on managing income properly during the pandemic. This included producing informational document about how to responsibly spend the economic impact payments, as well as making ends meet in the event of reduced income.
The FACS agent also proudced several videos for release on social media. The videos were healthy and easy-to-make recipes that encouraged the audience to get cooking and make smart decisions in the kitchen.
4-H Youth Development
While the COVID-19 pandemic posed a challenge to 4-H programs across the state, the Lanier County 4-H agent continued to offer quality programming to youth even at a distance. Educational Zoom sessions allowed students to connect with 4-H; interact with their friends; and learn about science, leadership, and fitness at the same time.
Lanier County 4-H continues to offer a variety of activities including in-school club meetings for fifth through 12th graders, Consumer Judging, Poultry Judging, Modified Trap Shotgun team, leadership conferences, summer activities, community service opportunities and livestock shows. Lanier County youth have the opportunity to learn new skills, increase self-confidence, make new friends, experience different surroundings and participate in many new things. These elements of positive youth development will continue to grow Lanier County 4-H’s total program, building its local social capital now and for many years to come.