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
Agriculture plays a major role in Macon County’s economy. Including poultry, Macon County has a total farm gate value of more than $266 million dollars, putting the county at 11th overall for the state in total agricultural production.
Some of the larger industries are agronomic crops such as cotton, peanuts, and corn, as well as silage, dairy, poultry, and horticultural crops like turf and pecans.
With a large agricultural community, the Extension office must be able to provide growers with a wide array of educational opportunities.
The Extension office annually provides six to seven production meetings focusing on innovations in crop and livestock management. We also provide recertification credits for pesticide licenses as well as additional pesticide safety training for applicators and farm workers. We also are providing programming to help address how growers can help manage their farms with low commodity prices and high costs of production.
On farm consultations by Agricultural Extension Agents allow Macon County producers to stay ahead of emerging issues and pests and assist with harvest decisions. Our office strives to provide unbiased, research-based information to growers, helping them remain sustainable and profitable.
4-H Youth Development
4-H is a youth development program that strives to serve fifth 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 2019 school year, more than 200 youth were enrolled in the Macon County 4-H Program and received programming targeted to their needs and interests. Special interest clubs and activities are tailored to Macon County youth development and focus on healthy lifestyles, cooking clubs and recreational activities. These programs support the development of young leaders for the community. The Macon County 4-H Program strives to grow the number of youths reached in the community and diversify the opportunities available to them.