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
Macon County Cooperative Extension serves a very diverse county, with farmers growing a wide variety of crops each year. Our most recent farm gate value for Macon County is over $250 million dollars, with poultry, livestock, row crops, forages, fruits and nuts being the top commodities produced in 2020. This value places Macon County as the 9th county in the state for overall agriculture production.
Each year, the Macon County Extension offers production meetings, which cover a variety of commodities, fertility, disease and weed management. These meetings provide local growers with the latest innovations and un-biased research from UGA's Extension Specialists, helping them make the most profitable and sustainable decisions for the upcoming growing season. In 2020, each production meeting had an average attendance of 40 growers and provided an opportunity for recertification credits for the private and commercial pesticide license holders. The Macon County Extension Office also provides many routine test throughout the year, such as soil, water, poultry litter and legume analysis.
Madison Warbington and the ANR program focus on meeting the needs of clientele by keeping them up-to-date on the latest information in order to stay ahead of emerging issues. Weekly newspaper articles and blog posts that cover a range of agricultural and homeowner topics are a great way to keep clientele informed on our programs and expertise throughout the year. A staple for success of the Macon County ANR program is being readily available to assist the community's needs via on-site, office and phone consultations - totaling over 500 consults in 2020. The ANR program also participated in a state-wide cotton variety study and a biological stimulant peanut study. Information from these studies contributed to published data that was shared to growers throughout the state during the 2021 virtual production meetings.
4-H Youth Development
4-H is a youth development program that strives to serve 5th through 12th grade youth in Macon County. Programs offered to youth in the county include in-school club meetings, leadership development, communications trainings, civic engagement and camping opportunities. During the 2020 school year, 269 youth were enrolled in the Macon County 4-H Program and received programming targeted to their needs and interests. Macon County 4-H did in-school Club meetings with 222 5th 8th grade youth.
Even during the pandemic Macon County 4-H offered virtual programming through zoom and the UGA Extension - Macon County Facebook page.
Macon County 4-H started the year off with doing in-person cooking Club with 4 participants ranging from 5th graders to 12th graders. We had 2 Macon County 4-H'ers participated in the Southwest District Project Achievement.
Overall, Macon County 4-H has had a successful year.