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
UGA Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agents provide answers for homeowners and farmers about many topics including, but not limited to: soil fertility, safe pesticide application, water usage, home gardening, and crop and pasture management. Agriculture is one of McDuffie County’s leading industries. McDuffie County's agricultural make-up consists of two major container plant nurseries, several large cow/calf operations, and a variety of smaller livestock producers. For producers, farmers, and homeowners to be prosperous in their ventures we offer many types of testing including soil, feed/forage, water, microbiology, and animal waste. The Extension office submitted 224 samples for testing last year. The Extension office provides residents a broad spectrum of free publications to address many agricultural areas including forage management, livestock care, horticulture, and pesticide use.
4-H Youth Development
Georgia 4-H’s mission is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society. McDuffie County 4-H members develop skills that are valuable not only to the community but also to the youth as they grow into successful adults. This is accomplished through hands-on learning experiences focused on agricultural and environmental issues, agriculture awareness, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship. McDuffie County hosts a project SAFE Shotgun team and is well represented at Cloverleaf Project Achievement.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences focus on the wellbeing of citizens of all ages by providing education and outreach in the community. It is important to identify key issues and problems to address within McDuffie County and provide residents information on food safety, food preservation, mold and mildew, healthy meal planning, nutrition, newspaper articles, newsletter distribution, local presentations, and by answering direct phone inquiries.