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
UGA Extension in Wilkinson County offers 4-H club meetings to youth within the local school system in the fourth through 12th grades. The Wilkinson County 4-H Club offers in-school meetings to sixth- through eighth-graders, during which students have the opportunity to develop life skills through hands-on learning experiences. Wilkinson County youth are involved in leadership and public speaking through participation in Project Achievement at the district level. Club members are active in community-service projects throughout Wilkinson County and have summer camping opportunities. Youth in Wilkinson County also have opportunities to participate in after-school programs in robotics, community service, 4-H Fun Night and the Cooking with the Books program. Youth in Robotics Club worked on activities like the Incredible Wearables project, during which they made robotic hands out of drinking straws. They were also able to explore 3D printing.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Wilkinson County Extension is increasing its influence within the community to assist local residents with many of their questions and concerns. Wilkinson County Extension provides residents with a broad spectrum of free publications to address agricultural concerns, including lawn care, gardening, herbicide and pesticide use, insect control, and livestock management. The Extension office networks with agents and specialists in the surrounding counties and state in order to assist local residents. Wilkinson County Extension works in conjunction with Laurens County Extension to provide producers within the county with yearly updates on the issues UGA researchers study and foresee in the topics of cotton, corn and soybean production, and pest management.
Wilkinson County Extension also works with the Wilkinson County Primary School to provide the students with Agriculture Career Day. During this day, youth meet local farmers, agriculture business owners, personnel from the local U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service office and Farm Bureau, the county forester, and the UGA water specialist. Youth were educated on careers related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) that are available in agriculture.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Wilkinson County Extension doesn’t currently have a Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) agent. The Extension office works with surrounding county agents to provide programs on diabetes, high blood pressure prevention, canning, SafeServ® certification and cancer awareness. The Extension office makes efforts to assist local residents with their questions. Common questions are in regard to food safety, food preservation, mold and mildew management, healthy meal planning, family budgeting and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).