UGA Extension Office

Our Impact

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

UGA Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) agents provide answers for homeowners and farmers about many topics including soil fertility, safe pesticide application, water usage, home gardening, and crop and pasture management. UGA Extension in Warren County conducts soil, forage, and water testing through the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories at UGA. By correctly identifying plants, insects, diseases and weeds, ANR agents help Georgians make sound pesticide-use decisions daily. Fertilization and pest management recommendations help reduce unnecessary pollution inputs into Georgia waterways. All of these services are available through the local UGA Extension office. Farm visits are an integral part of programming here. Local needs-based programming is the goal for Warren County Extension. Beef cattle producers are an integral part of the community and their industry supports multiple feed and supply stores, as well as machinery dealers and mechanical repair shops. The area has been in a moderate drought since late spring. This turned into a severe drought in late summer and into the fall. Combined with low beef prices, this created financial hardship. Producers were able to develop drought plans that organized cattle inventory as selling groups in order of sales depending on the length and severity of drought, as well as the method of sale for each group. They established supplemental feeding plans and built up soil fertility so that maintenance would cost less and recovery would be more complete and less costly.

4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Georgia 4-H’s mission is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. This is accomplished through hands-on learning experiences focused on agricultural and environmental issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship. The Warren County 4-H Club has made a tremendous impact on the lives of young people through local programming delivered in the school system, after school, through summer classes and activities, and through district and statewide events and competitions. Local highlights include a partnership with E-Z-GO, which provided start-up funds to establish a Warren County 4-H Archery Team and a Poultry Judging Team as well as general funding for Project Achievement and community-service activities. Warren County’s first Indoor Archery Tournament was held in 2017, and we now have state-ranked archery participants.

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES

UGA Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) agents provide answers for Georgians about canning, freezing, food preservation and safety each and every day. Foodborne illness can be costly to the state and community, and it can even be deadly. The elderly, chronically ill and young children are at high risk for complications to foodborne illnesses that may require hospitalization. Preventing illnesses keeps parents from missing work and losing pay that can be spent for goods in the local economy Improperly thawed or mishandled food can easily cause economic disaster. Just one case of foodborne illness can cost millions in medical costs. FACS Extension agents provide ServSafe® certification classes for individuals in the food service industry, which is required by all food service establishments.

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