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
Lee County conducted meetings on crop diseases, weed control, and corn, cotton, peanut, and pecan production. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the pecan meeting had to be conducted virtually. Businesses supported county production meetings led by Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Doug Collins. Technical assistance totaled 282 site visits, 350 face-to-face interactions, 1,462 in-office visits, and 753 phone contacts. 239 samples were diagnosed. Collins wrote 49 weekly newspaper columns that were published in The Lee County Ledger. Topics of the column related to homeowner issues like gardening and landscaping. Collins also sent out seven ag newsletters to growers during the growing season. These newsletters contained timely articles written by Extension specialists as well as some written by the agent. He also wrote an article on establishing clover in pecan orchards for the Southeast Georgia Pecan Update. Lee County Administrative Assistant Courtney Wingfield handles soil, water, and diagnostic samples.
4-H Youth Development
Lee County 4-H members, led by 4-H Agent Mallory Wise and Educator Anne Spelts, were involved in a wide variety of activities. They learned a wide range of skills, from marksmenship and teamwork to reasoning and public speaking. The S.A.F.E. shotgun team has 5 certified coaches and 25 team members. Lee County was represented at the Area Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging Competition. We had several middle school and high school participants at District Project Achievement at Rock Eagle and there were many 4th-6th graders that committed to compete at Project Achievement in Houston County. Also, at District Project Achievement at Rock Eagle 4-H Center 1 Lee County 4-Her was to serve as a Southwest District Junior Board Members representing Lee County and their area of the state.
This summer we are attending 4-H Summer Camp at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. 4-H is hoping to offer the opportunity to attend a variety of summer events including a trip to Lake Blackshear, Urban Air Trampoline Park, paint classes, and a variety of many others. In effort to raise funds, Lee County 4-H’ers sold vidalia onions, along with receiving grants from Georgia Power and a donation from the Lee County Farm Bureau. Other opportunities that youth get to participate in were new club called Fit In!, Animal Club, our after school club for middle and high schoolers, Leadership Council, and numerous community service events.