UGA Extension Office

Our Impact

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.

4-H Youth Development

Mitchell County 4-H went virtual with a lot of programming in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic. Sweet Science Wednesday’s was created for 4-H’ers to show how fun science experiments can be in ten minutes or less. A video was created with Social Emotional Learning programming titled Less Stress for Students and shares healthy habits with some stress reducing standing yoga poses. Another area our 4-H program has had success is through Project Achievement. Mitchell County 4-H provided an opportunity for students to compete in Project Achievement while learning research and public speaking skills during the COVID-19 pandemic. 4-H’ers in 5th and 6th grade competed on the county level by writing a two-page essay and poster on a project of interest. The essays and posters were collected to be judged by Mitchell County 4-H Teen Leaders. County winners had the opportunity to present their presentation for judging via video. Twenty-two Mitchell County 4-H’ers took the challenge to compete in the first State Virtual Cloverleaf Project Achievement. During the announcement of winners, Mitchell County 4-H had the highest delegation out of 150 youth from 18 counties across the state. All of the 4-H’ers from Mitchell County placed as the announcement of winners was done virtually on YouTube. Our youth took the challenge to learn the process of writing a speech and creating posters or performances to present for a competition virtually. Our 4-H’ers have accomplished so much Agriculture and Natural Resources

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Mitchell County Cooperative Extension continues partnering with the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District (FRSWCD) through funding from the Lower Flint-Ochlocknee and Upper Flint Regional water councils to carry out the training of county agents on advanced irrigation so that they can transfer knowledge to growers. Since the first year Mitchell County Extension has played an increasingly important role in this program. From that first year the program has grown from two growers to eight growers in 2020 demonstrating the program and many others adopting new technology including moisture sensors and irrigation apps. This program has made Mitchell County a leader and a model for smart irrigation and water conservation in row crops.

Family and Consumer Sciences

Due to COVID-19, the Mitchell County Family and Consumer Sciences program came to a halt for face to face programming in March 2020. The FACS program provides vital education and with Georgia citizens quarantined at home, there was an urgent need to find a new method to disseminate information. A social media page was created using Facebook to get out valuable information to citizens in the county and across the state. COVID-19 related issues were addressed as well as health and exercise, housing, food safety, agriculture and parenting. Facebook followers praised the program for the quick response to the COVID situation and numerous other topics. As a result, through social media, clientele gained knowledge through the posts on UGA Extension Baker/Mitchell County Family and Consumer Science Facebook page and total views has been over 9000 times since the pandemic began.
 

 

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