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
Superior research and education is the driving force of innovation, and no one knows this better than UGA Extension. UGA Extension in Screven County is currently experiencing a vacancy in agricultural programming. Filling this vacancy is a must as Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) is an ever-changing field. Therefore, in order for producers to maintain a high level of progression, delivering unbiased education is essential. In addition, decreases in commodity prices have only helped to increase the importance of Extension programming, which is critical to aiding farmers with day-to-day decisions. The new ANR agent will address these issues, as well as pasture management, cotton, peanuts, corn, organics and livestock. A large focus will also be put on forestry and wildlife plus youth-programming judging events.
4-H Youth Development
In 4-H, youth pledge their hands to larger service. By doing this, they are showing that they can help others. Screven County 4-H’ers and community members were given the opportunity to serve others after Hurricane Michael caused more than $3 billion worth of damage to Georgia’s agriculture industry and left thousands with damaged homes and no electricity. There were many 4-H families living in southwestern Georgia who were severely impacted by the storm. The Screven County 4-H Club quickly stepped in to pledge their hands to larger service. The 4-H staff immediately reached out to Extension agents in southwestern Georgia to offer help and assistance. After a brief conversation, several critical needs were identified. In just a few days, 4-H youths in Screven County collected items, and a trailer from Screven County was packed full of supplies and delivered directly to the 4-H offices in Decatur, Seminole and Miller counties. The supplies included 3,600 bottles of water, 240 rolls of toilet paper, 30 packages of paper plates, 15 large boxes of cleaning supplies, 2,200 baby diapers, 450 packages of baby wipes, 20 large boxes of canned food items, 25 large boxes of individually wrapped food items, 13 boxes of personal hygiene products, 125 children’s books and 90 cans of pet food. All of these items were collected by 4-H’ers and then distributed to 4-H’ers in the affected areas.
Screven County 4-H’ers practice pledging their hands to larger service on a regular basis, not just when disaster strikes. Students participate in monthly community-service projects that benefit the local community. In 2018, approximately 375 youths participated in more than 600 hours of planned community service projects in Screven County. Because of their involvement in 4-H community service projects, youths can see how their service can have a positive impact on others around them.