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
In spring 2020, safety protocols brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic made face-to-face programming challenging and the decision was made to cancel face-to-face 4-H camps for the summer of 2020. In response, Extension staff in three Georgia counties teamed up to create an innovative option for youth who still wanted to gain as much as possible of the "camp experience." Virtual 4-H Camp was created through partnerships between Extension, 4-H members, Extension Interns, Georgia 4-H Camp Counselors, and the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Staff. The camp reached a total of 166 youth in 13 states with educational videos, recreational activities, "live" synchronous virtual events, and other opportunities for engagement.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
While COVID-19 did cause some setbacks in several areas of our mission, we were still able to maintain uninterrupted service to our clientele. Phone assistance was maintained, with over 200 callers helped while the office was closed.
Childcare providers trainings are a requirement for teachers and staff to maintain their licensing requirements through DECAL. Tattnall County Extension worked with childcare providers to offer a virtual learning opportunity. Tattnall County Agent taught 10-credit hours of workshops to 150 childcare providers around the state. Each workshop was taught with a morning and evening session for flexibility in scheduling for the childcare staff. Tattnall County Agent also worked to create a "Produce of the Week" flyer to promote healthy eating with local grown fresh fruits and vegetables for the workforce. This also assisted local growers with the sale of their commodities. Ten flyers with easy to use recipes for these products were distributed to over 1500 community members.
As a result, through social media, clientele gained knowledge through our Extension Facebook and Extension Blog with car seat safety, meal preparation, food safety, grocery shopping, and even budgeting tips with over 2,025 viewers.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Weather monitoring is an important aspect of weather prediction and forecasting. Real time in-site monitoring stations can be useful when securing disaster assistance in times of extreme weather events. Real-time weather data can be used to help more accurately predict future climate by looking back at past weather phenomenon. Localized real-time in-site data is important for accurately estimating growing conditions for onions, corn, peanuts, cotton, as well as many other crops. Since agriculture is the economy of Tattnall County, possessing all tools available to better assist growers is paramount. It is for these reasons that the agents of Tattnall began working with Pam Knox of the The University of Georgia to bring a Weather Station to the county. The new Monitoring Station was installed in October 2020, north of Glennville on U.S. Hwy 301. The station is live and collecting useful data that will be used by growers and government agencies in Tattnall County.