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.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Family and Consumer Science (FACS) programming offers a wealth of resources to consumers throughout the state. Programming and resources on money, home, health, food, family and even textiles can be found in counties with a FACS agent. The Telfair County Extension FACS agent held 64 standard programs during 2018, reaching more than 2,367 citizens. In addition, the FACS agent held seven presentations, which reached more than 179 local citizens. In-service trainings held by the FACS agent resulted in 29 hours of contact with 68 individuals. With more than 1,200 office contacts for the year, it is easy to see that FACS programming, resources and information in Telfair County have never been more relevant. Working with community partners, the FACS agent also provided five educational exhibits throughout 2018, reaching more than 1,000 people. With newspaper articles, authored and nonauthored newsletters, curricula, exhibit displays and other creative works, the FACS agent has reached 65,139 individuals throughout the county, state and nation.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
In 2018, Telfair County Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) program worked with producers and homeowners on various issues including row crops, fruit and vegetables, pastures, ornamentals and aquatic environments. We have sent numerous soil, water and feed samples to be tested. Production meetings were held for cotton, peanuts, corn, and fruit and vegetables. In 2018, Telfair County grew more than 1,000 acres of watermelons and a little more than 125 acres of various other produce commodities. The ANR agent worked daily with many of the producers scouting for insects and sending plant tissue to the lab for testing. In 2018 there was an outbreak of gummy stem blight in watermelons. A spray method and spray schedule were created and conducted to mitigate the impact of the disease. Different modes of action were used in the applications, and several different chemicals were included in the spray plans for the best control and feasibility. Telfair County is diverse in agriculture. Timber still remains the largest industry in the county. We strive to offer the best service, delivering unbiased, science-based information to our community.
4-H Youth Development
Development opportunities for youth continue to increase with expanded participation in offered programs, including District Project Achievement for fourth through 12th grades and summer camp. Seeking to expose area youths to as many opportunities as possible, the Telfair County 4-H Club provides a variety of programming each year. Cloverleaf 4-H’ers are exposed to many different experiences to spark an interest in lifelong learning. Activities offered range from fun events such as farm day, when 4-H’ers visit local farms and farm animals, to practical and educational lessons, such as check writing and money management. Our Junior and Senior 4-H’ers are exposed to various programs, and they also get leadership experience by helping to lead and assist in Cloverleaf 4-H activities.
Telfair County 4-H enrollment for 2017 was 321 students. Of those, 55 participated in Project Achievement, 12 participated on BB Team, 22 attended summer camp, 75 went to summer day camps, 20 participated on Shotgun Team and 10 served as Certified Teen Leaders.