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

White County Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, Nathan Eason has been working diligently to provide services to White County residents. He put together an online small ruminant series to serve some of the larger sheep producers in White County. The recorded program gained national attention  and has been watched by over 3,000 viewers.

Nathan is part of a vineyard group that meets online regularly and has made efforts to develop a website for the winegrape industry that will compile UGA best management practices. He also contributed to vineyard research and has been a part of six publications that have been cited in various Extension publications and other journals and science-based publications.

During the Covid partial shutdown, Nathan developed two educational videos: one on Tall Fescue Establishment and one on Growing Cool Season Garden Crops.  These videos have received over 2,500 views.

Our office continues to serve as the communication liaison between the Northeast Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and farmers in our area, providing signage, monthly meeting reminders, and submission of pesticide credits as necessary. We also work to support United Way and Rotary Club fundraisers each year. Together we can make a difference.

4-H Youth Development

Even though things looked very different this past year, we continued connecting with our 4-H'ers through Zoom meetings which provided much-needed social relief with participation in trivia contests and podcast creation.  After the retirement of our full-time 4-H Program Assistant, we were able to hire part-time help to finish out the school year. During this time we have been able to do virtual lessons with one elementary school, and to provide 4-H science-based STEM activities as well as other fun and educational resources for teachers to use with their students. The 4-H office has diligently communicated and worked with teachers to get students to present public speaking demonstrations.  From our middle and high school aged 4-H'ers, we had five portfolios turned in which secures these students a spot to compete in District Project Achievement (the 4-H public speaking competition) in June.

We were able to do a scaled-down version of our "Upper Chatt SUPCAK Race" fundraising paddle event in October;  we had to sacrifice a lot of the trappings of our family fun day atmosphere in the name of Covid-19 safety, but we did have a very successful event.

Nine White County 4-H'ers showed livestock at the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show this year. 

After school hours, we have been having weekly meetings of the 4-H Garden & Hort Club, outside and distanced weather permitting, masked indoors otherwise. 4-H'ers have planted strawberries and onions, taken cuttings for ornamental propagation, and seeded herbs, tomatoes, and peppers to grow in our new 4-H greenhouse. 4-H Garden Clubbers also participated in a "To Dye For" class, where they dyed their own cloth face coverings using plant and other natural materials. 

White County 4-H'ers are currently working on a community service project called "4-H Care4Kids: Caring for Foster Kids in Transition."  With the support of local businesses and organizations, 4-H will purchase and fill quality duffel bags and backpacks for local and regional DFCS and advocacy organizations.  So far we have had a great response. 

We are also conducting a weekly "Pick Your Field-Career Exploration" program for our older students wherein each student has the opportunity to specify a possible career interest and then attend a live presentation from someone actively working in that career field. As a result, every student in "Pick Your Field..." is exposed to a wide variety of career possibilities, plus their own "specialty speaker." There are currently 11 students in this program.

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