UGA Extension Office

Our Impact

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

Taylor County has a diverse agricultural community with a variety of commodities from peaches to pastures and turfgrass to corn. There are more than 8,700 non-farming residents that we assist with their agricultural and natural resources-related endeavors. We accomplish this by providing information to citizens in multiple formats.

Weekly newspaper articles are a great way to reach clients and increase awareness of our programs and expertise. Our office supplies weekly newspaper articles that span the range of agricultural topics,mostly focusing on homeowners and landowners. A blog, Three Rivers Ag News, reaches growers across middle Georgia keeping them abreast of what real-time issues and events.

A monthly television show, “Backyard Basics,” is filmed and coordinated by our office. This program also focuses on topics that interest both homeowners and landowners. We also collaborate with other offices and Agents to allow them to highlight upcoming or recent Cooperative Extension/4-H events.

Our office is involved in providing articles to several regional publications. We are also regularly contacted for updates on agriculture in our area. The fact that regional and national media outlets call our office for information regarding middle Georgia agriculture shows that we are the experts on the subject.

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension places non-biased, research-based information at your fingertips on topics including food safety, nutrition, preservation, child development, parenting skills, personal financial management, housing and healthy living habits.

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension places non-biased, research-based information at your fingertips on topics including food safety, nutrition, preservation, child development, parenting skills, personal financial management, housing and healthy living habits.

Using the Walk Georgia Weekly News we are able to provide our local newspapers with articles dealing with a wide variety of health-related topics from experts at UGA and other institutions.

4-H Youth Development

Taylor County 4-H continues to grow in participation. Beginning 2019-2020 SAFE year we have 33 participants in the shotgun team. This activity and camp continue to be our most attended activities. We have increased participation in Project Achievement and have three graduating seniors who have participated since fifth grade.

Since 2012, the 4-H program has added new activities for 4-H’ers to participate in. Our Poultry Judging team increased from six to 15 members last year. It continues to be exciting to watch children learn about poultry and egg production. We continue fundraising through applying for available grants and our rabies clinic.

Taylor County is part of a Work Group area in the district and certain activities are shared with other counties in the work group. This enables the smaller counties to do more activities and have additional assistance. It is a pleasure for Taylor County to be a part of such a rewarding organization

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