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
Each year, UGA Extension in Worth County offers programs to educate residents about relevant topics. In 2018, Worth County Extension offered producers 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 the local Cattlemen’s Association, Worth County Extension reached many members of the community. UGA Extension also distributed a monthly newsletter that reached more than 250 individuals in Worth County and helped them make timely decisions through updated information. Extension conducted five different research farm trials to benefit local producers: a cotton variety trial, a peanut tillage trial, a corn nutrient-tracking trial, a peanut white-mold trial and a peanut inoculant trial. With peanuts being a major source of income for most Worth County farmers, determining the proper time to dig peanuts is a major factor. Worth County Extension held 45 peanut maturity clinics at three different locations in the county from late August until late October, with a total of 836 peanut samples checked using the hull-blast method to determine the approximate digging date. More than 95 percent of farmers polled said that they relied on these clinics to help them determine when to dig their peanuts. Through these efforts, more than 1,000 people received exposure to unbiased, research-based educational programs related to agriculture and forestry production.
4-H Youth Development
The Worth County 4-H Club helps youth develop skills that are valuable to themselves and the community, helping them grow into successful adults. In 2018, Worth County 4-H had an enrollment of 406 youths in a total of 32 clubs. Monthly 4-H club meetings were held for Worth County fifth-grade, homeschool, middle-school and high-school students. Fifteen members participated in Cloverleaf District Project Achievement, while 11 4-H members were contestants in Junior/Senior District Project Achievement. Campers in 2018 included Cloverleaf, Junior and Senior 4-H’ers. Worth County had entries in the lamb, meat goat, beef cattle and swine livestock shows. Georgia 4-H Project SAFE (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) had members from Worth County 4-H compete at district and state matches. Four Worth County 4-H’ers won the Trap, Skeet, and Sporting Clays Shotgun State Match and went on to win the 2018 4-H Shooting Sports National Championship. In addition, many Worth County 4-H members participated in multiple fundraisers to support 4-H projects like camp and District Project Achievement. A total of 20 certified adult volunteers assisted 4-H with various projects. Members of 4-H have donated to the Ronald McDonald House, delivered cards to a local nursing home and helped Worth County citizens clean up after Hurricane Michael.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Worth County Extension collaborated with the Worth County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to hold the annual Flu Vaccination Day, during which more than 100 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. With the help of Tift County Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Agent Roxie Price, all Worth County second-grade students received a lesson about added sugar. This lesson created the awareness of the amount of sugar they are drinking in sodas, sports drinks and juice.