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
Home of Soperton, the Million Pines City, Treutlen County is most commonly recognized for its forestry production. Although forestry is a major commodity for the county, it also supports the production of row crops including corn, cotton, soybeans, peanuts and tobacco. Aquatic services are available, and turfgrass, cattle and swine are also produced.
In 2018, UGA Extension in Treutlen County submitted soil, water, feed, forage and plant tissue samples for testing. County residents received assistance with agriculture-related questions in person, by phone and via email. For those holding state pesticide licenses, classes were made available in order to fulfill continuing education requirements. UGA Extension publications covering a wide variety of agriculture- and natural resource-related topics were also made available at no cost.
4-H Youth Development
The Treutlen County 4-H Club prides itself on the 4-H motto, “To make the best better.” We take pride in each one of our 4-H’ers and hope we can impact all aspects of their lives.
Treutlen County 4-H’ers have partaken in several community service projects where the worlds of work and play collide. 4-H’ers visit our local nursing home or assisted living center to pack food bags for the elderly, hand out donated goods, or sit at a piano playing and singing a tune to bring joy and serenity to residents. Our 4-H’ers especially love to visit the Treutlen County Senior Center to play bingo with Treutlen’s senior citizens. Treutlen County 4-H also hosts a Color Run 5K. This is an event where all ages come together for health, competition, leadership and fellowship. We not only work inside our county, but recently visited the Ronald McDonald House in Savannah, Georgia, to donate pop-tabs that were collected by Treutlen residents to help those in need. While at the Ronald McDonald House, 4-H’ers prepared lunch and made heartfelt cards. By engaging in community service, youth learn how to become good leaders with needed skills to orchestrate a project to its full potential and to communicate the purpose of the project. This is a great example of the 4-H mission to “learn by doing.”
Beyond community service, 4-H’ers attend summer camps, summer events and 4-H events hosted by Treutlen County 4-H throughout the year. Through 4-H camping programs and events, youth are able to meet new people, learn life skills and have fun while exploring our great state. Our youth are our future and as Extension staff, community leaders, parents and volunteers, it is important to invest time and resources in our youth so we can “make the best better.”