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
The Terrell County 4-H program works collaboratively with the Terrell County public school system, Terrell Academy, Homeschool families, as well as Head Start by providing a variety of educationally enriching opportunities. Even through times when the community and schools were shut down out of concern about the spread of Covid-19, 4-H continued to reach out to Terrell County students and their families through virtual formats.
A variety of small group opportunities, such as Reading Buddies, Poultry Judging, Wildlife Judging, and Gardening Club have provided 4-H’ers the means to expand their knowledge base, while also maintaining social connections. The Archery program, which is now in the twelfth year, provides 4-H youth with the opportunity to master archery skills in a safe and nurturing environment.
The 4-H agent serves on the Terrell County Board of Health, Terrell County Family Connection Executive Board, and the Adult Education Advisory Council for Albany Technical College.
The 4-H Agent and 4-H Program Assistant both serve on the Advisory Council for Terrell County Head Start.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Agriculture is the largest economic driver in Terrell County. During 2020 when most of the world was shut down due to COVID-19, farmers continued preparing land, planting crops, and contending with the challenges that typically arise from those practices. During that time, the Terrell County Extension Service may have made adjustments in office hours, but the level of commitment to local producers never changed. While observing standard safety practices to minimalize risk associated with COVID-19, the Terrell County ANR Agent assisted local producers with diagnosing diseases; prescribing herbicides, insecticides and fungicides; selecting varieties; and determining optimum harvest dates for their crops. By utilizing social media platforms, educational information and timely updates were quickly shared by the ANR Agent with large-scale producers and small-scale home gardeners alike. To date, the Terrell County ANR Twitter posts have been viewed by over 110,000 people globally.
During 2020, the ANR County Agent for Terrell County provided leadership with three different research projects addressing issues that are relavent to our local producers. Effective methods to control soil borne pathagens that threaten watermelon crops was addressed in a fumigation trial that ended in July 2020. In partnership with ANR County Agents from Sumter, Webster and Dooly counties, new cotton seed varieties were planted in field trials at the Southwest Georgia Research and Education Center in Plains, Georgia. This helps farmers to see what varieties of cotton perform best in local conditions. 2020 was the fourth year for Terrell County ANR to participate in the Ag Wet Irrigation Study. In this study, moisture sensors are placed in cotton fields and peanut fields. The moisture sensors provide real-time data that improves the efficiency of field irrigation systems, thus conserving water resources.
The Terrell County ANR agent serves on the regional board for Golden Triangle Resource Conservation and Development Council.