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 and Agriculture and Natural Resources
Agriculture-based businesses in Seminole County, Georgia, account for approximately 49 percent of Seminole County’s total income and employ approximately 17 percent of the county’s population, making agriculture the third-largest employer following government and goods-producing industries. Furthermore, more than 70 percent of the county’s land mass is dedicated to crop production. With the average age of a principle farm operator at 58.5 years, this provides excellent career opportunities for agriculturally focused youth within the community.
The Seminole County Extension 4-H and ANR agents came together to implement an agricultural awareness campaign that would introduce 4-H’ers in Seminole County to agriculture career possibilities through more than 20 different programs in 2018. These programs included Seminole County Farm Tour, 4-H Crop Scouting School, 4-H Ag Business Camp, 4-H Precision Ag School, 4-H Land Judging Contest, 4-H Poultry Judging Contest, 4-H Cotton Boll Consumer Judging Contest, 4-H District Project Achievement (DPA) agriculture-related projects, several Seminole County Livestock Shows, FFA Career Day, Seminole County Elementary School Career Day, Fifth-Grade Farm Bowl, Fourth-Grade Corn Project, Basic Agriculture Tractor Safety, Industry Farm Safety tours, University of Florida Extension’s 4-H Ag Adventures Tour, Expo Class Basics to Agriculture, and an Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College/University of Georgia Tifton Campus College Tour.
The UGA Seminole County agriculture awareness campaign consisted of 23 educational programs for 4-H-aged youth within the community. Through the 23 programs, the campaign had more than 1,600 direct contacts with youths in the community and more than 650,000 indirect contacts with the community through 36 newspaper articles and more than 100 posts on the UGA Seminole County Facebook page. All participants in these programs were evaluated and all rated programs as excellent. UGA Extension in Seminole County plans to expand and continue agricultural awareness campaign programs in the future.