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
UGA Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Agent Bobby Solomon, who also serves as a Fort Valley State University (FVSU) county Extension agent, provides specialized, research-based educational information and technical assistance to farmers and homeowners countywide. Extension handled 1,475 office visits, including 107 in-person contacts, 390 phone contacts and 978 written or email contacts. In addition, the agent made 125 site visits and processed 51 soil and water samples through UGA laboratories. Also, recommendations were made through Extension publications pertaining to aquaculture, large and small ruminants, forage and small-grain production, forestry production and marketing, general agriculture and natural resources, horticulture, ornamentals, poultry, pond management, pecan orchard pest management, soil fertility, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm programs, water quality, and wildlife food plots.
The Agriculture and Natural Resources agent provided recommendations in aquaculture, forages, forestry, horticulture, livestock, ornamentals, pond management, pest control, poultry, pecans, soil fertility, water quality and general agriculture.
Talbot County Extension trained and supervised a Central High School Student for six weeks in 1862 and 1890 extension programs, with the student receiving a stipend of $ 2,100.
The Agriculture and Natural Resources agent provided recommendations in the areas of soil fertility, pest control, timber production, livestock, vegetable, horticulture, lawns, water tests for homeowners, aquaculture, small ruminants, wildlife, pecans, small grains and forages through the FVSU Extension program.
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
It is an honor to report that Talbot County 4-H Program is back up and running. Currently we serve 108 students through fifth, eighth and ninth grade monthly in-school club meetings and a 12th grade after-school club. Since August - 2019 our 4-H Educator has collaborated with several local organizations within the community to recruit volunteers, combine resources and spread awareness of the 4-H program.
Focusing on youth development of leadership, citizenship, public speaking and life skills in school and within the community, 4-H has encouraged students to participant in several different events and activities. The first two activities were the pecan sale and haunted house fundraisers, which helped the students develop leadership, responsibility and money management skills. The next two events were the horticulture exhibit and contest and the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia, and the floriculture contest in Fort Valley. These events helped the 4-H agent develop a relationship with 12th grade students and see firsthand how each competition works. Each student revealed leadership, citizenship, teamwork and life skills at the fair and competitions. Our final activities for 2019 included delivering and serving Thanksgiving lunch to the elderly, a Meet and Greet Santa and Friends event and students donating and helping out with the local Christmas toy drive. These activities encouraged the 4-H students to demonstrate integrity, accountability, citizenship and leadership qualities.
Goals for 2020 are to continue promoting 4-H by adding a Poultry Club to the roster and starting an annual Vidalia onion fundraiser in January. We will also compete in the Cloverbuds District Project Achievement competition. To promote awareness and celebrate Black History month, we will host a Talbot County Black History display in February.