Making A Difference in Our County
We're working hard for the citizens we serve. Here are some examples of successful projects from the past year:
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
In Worth County each year, programs are offered to educate residents about relevant topics. In 2016, producers were offered educational classes on row crop production, row crop disease and weed management, forage production and forestry management, as well as livestock educational meetings. By collaborating with the Georgia Forestry Commission and Cattlemen’s Association, we were able to bring in members of the community who would otherwise not be reached. Extension also distributed a monthly newsletter to get information to producers in a timely fashion. This newsletter reaches over 200 individuals in Worth County, and helps them to make timely decisions through up-to-date information. In an effort to help Worth County producers, Extension conducted two different research farm trials. A cotton on-farm variety trial showed varieties side by side, and a peanut disease trial helped producers determine the best method to control disease in their peanut crop. Peanuts are a major source of income for most Worth County farmers. Determining the proper time to dig peanuts is a major factor in peanut production. Worth County Extension held peanut maturity clinics three times weekly at three different locations in the county from late August until late October. Fifty-nine clinics were held, with a total of 923 peanut samples checked using the hull blast method to determine the approximate digging date. More than 90 percent of farmers polled said that they relied on these clinics to help them determine when to dig their peanuts. Through these efforts, 3,500-plus people received exposure to unbiased, research-based educational programs relating to agriculture and forestry production.
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
In 2016, Worth County 4-H had an enrollment of 404 youths and a total of 23 organized clubs. Twenty members participated in Cloverleaf District Project Achievement, while three were contestants in Junior/Senior District Project Achievement. Campers in 2016 consisted of 65 Cloverleafs, seven Juniors, two Seniors and a Top 10 participant at Wilderness Challenge Camp, with six campers. Three Worth County 4-H’ers attended State 4-H Council. The State Market Goat Show had nine Worth County entries, and the State Market Hog Show had six Worth County entries. The Georgia 4-H S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) District Shotgun Match included 27 participants from Worth County, with all 27 qualifying for the state match. In addition, many Worth County 4-H members participated in fundraisers, such as the Vidalia onion and Coca-Cola sales. Funds were used to support 4-H projects such as camp and District Project Achievement. A total of 13 certified adult volunteers assisted 4-H with various projects.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
Worth County Extension collaborated with the Worth County EMS to hold the annual Flu Vaccination Day, during which 100-plus people received a flu vaccination. This event also served as a training ground for EMS personnel and volunteers, should a major disease outbreak or natural disaster occur. Extension also collaborated with the Worth County Health Department for the First Annual WIC Day, for residents to register for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), get vaccines for children, and learn about healthy lifestyle choices, including participation in UGA Extension’s Walk Georgia.