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
The mission of the Pike County 4-H Club is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive, contributing members of society. This is accomplished through hands-on learning experiences focused on agricultural and environmental issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship. Georgia 4-H is all about exploring, discovering, encouraging and challenging. Members of 4-H share their research-based knowledge and technology with people where they live and work. Pike County 4-H Youth Development offers a variety of programs and activities. Youths have the opportunity to participate in monthly 4-H club meetings, Project Achievement, community-service projects, summer programming and camping opportunities. Youth can participate on judging teams and project clubs. Judging teams include cotton boll, consumer judging and poultry judging. In 2018, Pike County 4-H received recognition for increasing its Cloverleaf camp participation by 10 percent. Campers experienced a week of fun, learning, making new friends and creating lifelong memories. Campers follow an exciting learn-by-doing agenda that includes outdoor recreation, canoeing, archery, swimming, craft workshops, entomology and wildlife. This was a dream come true for many youths. Project clubs are led by certified 4-H volunteer leaders. The Project SAFE (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) program is successful because of these volunteers. The Pike County 4-H Project SAFE program offers archery and shotgun disciplines for any experience level. The 4-H’ers who engage in the sport learn sportsmanship, how to work on a team and the art of competition.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Due to the resurgence of consumer interest in locally grown produce at farmers markets, Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) agents have developed a series of “Farm, Fresh and Fast” publications to be distributed at local farmers markets and U-pick farms. These educational pamphlets, along with many other publications on health and nutrition, are also available at the Extension office.
The easy-to-read publications will help residents make wiser food choices and save money because they have information on how to use fresh products when they are in season.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
For more than 100 years, UGA Extension has provided free, reliable, research-based information that anyone can understand. UGA Extension in Pike County can assist citizens with questions about crops, livestock, home lawns, gardens, fruits and vegetables, aquaculture, natural resources, and the environment. Pike County Extension provides information in the form of consultations both in person and on the phone, educational programs and agricultural commodity meetings through the work of the Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) county agent. The Extension office also offers laboratory testing services for soil, water, forage, feed, plants and radon. Furthermore, the ANR agent is able to serve the community through personal laboratory interpretations, making recommendations and performing site visits to truly serve the Pike County community and its needs.