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 4-H program in Terrell County is gaining a reputation for providing solid STEM programming during school club meetings. Working collaboratively with local educators, the Terrell County Extension 4-H staff develops science and engineering based lesson plans that address the Georgia Science Standards and critical thinking skills for students in fourth through eighth grades. A team of four high school-aged Terrell County 4-H’ers competed in the state Food Product Development competition in April 2019 and won. The team created an original recipe for a brewed fruit beverage, then developed a business and marketing plan for selling the juice in the retail market. The four team members earned Master 4-H’er status and have been invited to display their product at the Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest. For more than a decade, a dedicated group of volunteers have coached the Terrell County 4-H Archery team. In 2019, the team experienced significant growth, doubling the team roster. The coaches responded to the growth by recruiting three more volunteers who completed the coach certification training.
The 4-H gent is a member of the Terrell County Board of Health. In 2019, Terrell County 4-H’ers supported the local community through multiple service projects. This includes the 4-H Reading Buddy program where high school 4-H’ers completed training in reading interventions and worked with struggling fifth grade readers every Monday after school.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Agriculture is the largest economic driver in Terrell County. Extension agents from the University of Georgia (UGA) aid farmers in decisions on irrigation, fertility, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, as well as variety selection. Many of these decisions are based on research that is done on farms in Terrell County that are collaboration between local growers, specialists and county Extension agents. Terrell County Extension is also utilizing advanced technology, such as aerial imagery via drones and moisture sensors, to encourage producers to make more informed decisions in real time to better manage inputs such as irrigation and pesticide applications. In times with stagnant commodity prices, and therefore lower cash flow, these decisions are often the key to efficiency and sustainability for local producers.
Terrell County Extension believes in supporting the community. The ANR agent is on the regional board for Golden Triangle Resource Conservation and Development Council.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE
In 2019, an Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program program assistant from a neighboring county presented the Food Talk curriculum to 21 adults and eight teens in Terrell County, with 14 adults and four of the youth completing the eight-week certification course.