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
In 2019, the Telfair County Agriculture and Natural Resources department 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 also fruits and vegetables. In 2019, Telfair County grew more than 1,200 acres of watermelons and a little more than 150 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. Telfair County is diverse in agriculture. Timber still remains the largest industry in the county. The Agriculture and Natural Resources agent collaborated with agents in surrounding counties to implement a Forestry Field Day series which began in Telfair County in May 2019. Throughout the series there were 76 participants. Through completed surveys we gathered that there are more than 17,000 acres of idle property that can be converted into some form of forestry production in the Ocmulgee and Oconee river region. The objective of this program is “to reduce idle acreage.” We strive to offer the best service delivering unbiased, science-based information to our community.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Family and Consumer Science (FACS) programming offers a wealth of resources to consumers throughout the state. Programming and resources from money, home, health, food, family and textiles can be found in counties with a FACS agent. The Telfair County FACS agent held 64 standard programs during 2019 reaching more than 2,367 citizens. In addition, the FACS agent also held seven presentations, which reached more than 179 local citizens. In-service trainings held by the FACS agent resulted in 29 hours of contact for 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 has never been more relevant. Working with community partners, the FACS Agent also provided five Educational Exhibits throughout 2019, reaching more than 1,000 people. With newspaper articles, authored and non-authored newsletters, curricula, exhibit displays, and other creative works, the FACS Agent has reached 65,139 individuals throughout the county, state and nation.
4-H Youth Development
Development opportunities for youth continue to increase with expanded participation in offered 4-H programs, including District Project Achievement for fourth through 12th grades and summer camp. Seeking to expose area youth to as many opportunities as possible, Telfair County 4-H provides a variety of programming each year. Cloverleaf 4-H’ers are exposed to many different experiences, hopefully sparking an interest in lifelong learning. Activities offered range from fun events such as farm day – visiting local farms and farm animals — to practical and educational, like check writing and money management. Our Junior and Senior 4-H’ers are exposed to various programs, and 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.
4-H Enrollment for 2019 was 397 students. Of those 397 students, 58 participated in Project Achievement, 18 went to summer camp, 381 participated in in-school club meetings, 22 were on the Shotgun Team, and 12 served as Teen Leaders.