Making A Difference in Our County
We're working hard for the citizens we serve. Here are some examples of successful projects from the past year:
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Research is the backbone of UGA Extension. Specialists and researchers provide reliable data and information to farmers, producers, homeowners and the general public for many different aspects of production and life. Much of this research is done in partnership with county agents. Real-world trials and research plots at the county level provide these specialists and researchers important inputs and data points as well as giving our stakeholders the opportunity to contribute and participate in the research themselves. Randolph County Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources agent continues to assist specialists in several different research projects. In 2019, projects included collecting samples for Peanut Burrowing Bug research, monitoring traps and recording data for a Natucket Pine Tip Moth study in young planted pine stands, and a team member attending a multi-state Irrigation Efficiency Project called AgWet. AgWet is a multi-year study during which soil moisture sensors and app-based irrigation scheduling models are being implemented on farms in real-world conditions to help producers make better decisions on irrigating their crops. The involvement with research projects such as these helps the ANR agent connect the county clientele to experts and specialists. These relationships help us translate the science of everyday living for families, farmers and communities to foster a healthy and prosperous Georgia.
For the second consecutive year, the Life 101 – 4-H Financial Literacy Conference was provided as an educational opportunity to sixth through eighth grade students in multiple counties. Classes were offered in the areas of budgeting, savings, banking, SMART goals, college preparation and technical careers. Funding for the day program was received through a grant from local Diverse Power. The conference took place at the Albany Technical College in Cuthbert. 4-H’ers spent the day creating budgets, learning the difference between debit and credit cards, watching a compound interest demonstration and determining their money personality. Students also illustrated an interactive financial timeline, made SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely) goals, wrote checks and discussed the qualities of an effective leader while identifying important workplace soft skills and playing financial LifeSmarts games.
Guest speakers included representatives from Diverse Power giving possible career options within an Electrical Membership Corporation and a college representative who led a tour of the technical college classes while discussing technical career options. 4-H’ers who created their own banks for saving money received cash prizes donated by First State Bank of Randolph County.