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
In today’s world, most citizens and community leaders did not grow up on a farm, a recent development compared to previous generations. This generation gap of firsthand agriculture experience has left many people detached and unfamiliar with the economic impact and importance of agriculture in our everyday lives. In 2019, the Long County UGA Cooperative Extension office partnered with the local Farm Bureau to host a Farm City brunch event that provides connections to local community leaders and shares the significance of agriculture in the local economy and their day-to-day lives. The event featured information from the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent on local commodities that are grown for the area, along with the farm gate value for the Long County area. The total farm gate value for Long County for the 2018 research period under UGA reached $32,916, 489. The presentation also listed the top three commodities as researched for UGA Extension Long County, with poultry providing $14,229,940 for the top spot in agriculture, followed by forestry and blueberry production. Through continous, unbiased research and data collections, Long County Extension is able to provide the most up-to-date information and data to help local farmers, homeowners and administrators.