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
ulaski County Extension partners each year with a local cotton producer to take part in the UGA On-farm Cotton Variety Performance Evaluation Program. This year, 11 popular cotton varieties were planted in replicated plots on the grower’s farm. At harvest, the plots are measured and the harvested cotton is weighed and ginned. The yield and fiber-quality data collected from this trial will be used in the UGA Cotton Variety Performance Calculator to help cotton producers across the state make better-informed decisions about their cotton variety selections. Additionally, this year Pulaski County Extension also conducted a peanut variety trial, partnering with a local producer to evaluate five popular peanut varieties in an on-farm setting. The data from that trial will be used much in the same way as the cotton trial, to help our farmers select the highest-yielding and grading peanut varieties available.
Producers in Pulaski County experienced a generous year for agriculture in 2019. Two Pulaski County farm operations were recognized for outstanding yields and crop quality. One Pulaski County farm was acknowledged as a member of the Georgia Peanut Achievement Club for outstanding peanut yield, while another was recognized for exceptional cotton-fiber quality at the Georgia Cotton Commission Cotton Quality Awards.
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Pulaski County 4-H provides many opportunities for youth to learn and grow throughout the year with a commitment to inspire young people to learn by doing, to grow from failure and successes, and to develop essential life skills through positive youth development.
Leadership skills can be learned, and Pulaski 4-H wanted to focus on empowering youth to lead. Pulaski 4-H wanted to afford opportunities for youth to actively engage in and enhance their leadership skills and inspire them to do more, to be more, and to achieve more through exchange trip and a leadership retreat. Pulaski 4-H offered students opportunities to learn leadership skills and engage in leadership activities to promote positive youth development through a unique STEM/Healthy Living Exchange Program with Kentucky 4-H and a Leadership Retreat. Eight diverse county officers embarked on a journey where they learned how to plan an out-of-state trip,including how to budget and use their resources, and to practice public speaking, to effectively communicate with open minds and appreciate differences, to understand group dynamics, to practice healthy decision-making skills, to set goals, to learn to bond as a team, and to engage with the community through service to others.
Pulaski 4-H is affording opportunities for youth to learn and engage in leadership outside of the normal means and they are continuing to use what they have learned throughout their daily lives. One 4-H’er stated, “This exchange trip has been the best trip of my 4-H career so far. I have learned to appreciate our 4-H program and all the opportunities we are given to make the best better!” 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities, two times more likely to make healthier choices, and two times more likely to be civically active. Retired Georgia 4-H Sate Leader Bo Ryles stated, “4-H is not waiting for tomorrow, we are building the leaders of today.” Pulaski 4-H is inspiring kids to do through positive youth development and they are true youth leaders now and the leaders of our future.