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
The Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) agent for UGA Extension in Pierce County assists clientele with plant health, integrated pest management and cultural management practices by delivering university-based research that underscores environmental stewardship and capitalizes on production. Six on-farm research trials were conducted in Pierce County in 2018 to evaluate insecticide programs for gall-midge in blueberry, nematode suppression in cotton, herbicide application in blueberry, nozzle selection in peanut, insecticide applications in tobacco, and the use of a growth regulator in commercial rabbiteye blueberry. These projects provide a scholastic contribution in supporting agent and specialist recommendations working with the various commodities across the state.
Throughout winter 2018, the ANR agent provided educational programming for 206 producers through local programming. Producers were provided timely information on production and management practices to assist them with challenges and issues occurring throughout the season. Through networking with producers, educational programming and local needs-assessed research, the county agent plays a key role in impacting Pierce County’s $60 million agricultural industry.
4-H Youth Development
The Pierce County 4-H Club focuses on the importance of youth acquiring knowledge, life skills and attitudes that will lead them to become educated, independent and contributing citizens. Pierce County 4-H focuses on these core values while implementing ANR lessons into the 4-H Youth Development program. Pierce County Cloverleaf 4-H’ers have the opportunity to learn the importance of agriculture in their daily lives through in-classroom meetings. Due to the importance of hands-on learning, each Cloverleaf meeting incorporates Georgia Standards-based lessons and activities that encourage students to “get down and dirty” while learning about agriculture. The lessons and activities allow students to be challenged while exploring and discovering the world of agriculture. Junior and Senior 4-H’ers also have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of agriculture through livestock shows, District Project Achievement, Ag in the Classroom and much more. Pierce County 4-H hosts the annual 4-H/FFA Hog Show that allows students to exhibit responsibility, knowledge and care for their animals. We will continue this tradition next year while expanding the showing area to accommodate more participants and spectators. Pierce County 4-H will continue to serve the community and help youth experience agriculture and gain life skills throughout the upcoming year.