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. More than $1,000 in Serecia Lespedeza seed cost was provided to two farmers in White County who are participating in a Fort Valley State University grant-funded research project for small ruminant animals. FVSU is a partner in research and education with UGA and UGA Cooperative. Eason worked closely with county officials and local business Freudenburg NOK to establish 140 trees at the new county recreation facility. Collaboration with the Chestatee-Chattahoochee Resesarch Conservation and Development Council has produced tillage equipment available to small-farm and market-type growers through a federal grant. This allows existing and start-up producers to be more profitable by limiting initial capital investments. We also continued viticulture research this past year on two vineyards in White County. These groundbreaking research trials are already providing the latest recommendations to both existing and prospective wine grape growers in the southeast.
As always, White County Extension offers a wide range of laboratory testing for water, feed, soil, chemical, and poultry litter to the citizens of county. In 2019, White County Extension submitted a total of 95 soil samples, 27 water samples, 54 animal waste samples and 19 feed and forage samples.
White County Extension continued to partner with several local and state agencies to accomplish our goal of Building a Better Georgia from the Ground Up. We worked with Georgia Historic Site Hardman Farm in Sautee, Georgia, to plant several corn, sorghum, and forage variety trials. During Farm City Week, we were asked by the White County Farm Bureau to research and write the biography of the Agriculture Hall of Fame recipient; our 4-H County Council served food and cleared tables for attendees of the Farm City Breakfast. Members of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources helped make our summer “Outdoor Adventure Education Days” a success with lessons about safely enjoying our beautiful natural surroundings. Our office serves 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
an after-school program for fifth graders. This six-week program meets weekly and each week covers a different country, teaching students about the culture, history, and geography, as well as sampling local foods from that country and taking a virtual tour of some of the important places in that country. The two-hour sessions give students plenty of time to experience the virtual tours, complete worksheets and sample the food. To date the 4-H agent has met with 84 students from three elementary schools. A fourth elementary school begins the program in late February.
Through the program, students have “traveled” to the United Kingdom, visiting parts of England and Scotland; Egypt, where they toured the pyramids and rode on camels; Italy, where they visited Mount Vesuvius and toured the ruins of Pompeii; Central and South America, where they visited the Amazon Rainforest, and toured Mayan ruins; and finally a “just for fun” trip to Hogwarts and explored the making of the Harry Potter movies.