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
In Worth County, programs are offered each year to help educate residents about different relevant topics. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension provides research-based information for Worth County producers through educational production meetings, on-farm research, farm and site visits, and individual consultations. Throughout 2019, Worth County Extension agents conducted applied research with local growers comparing cotton varieties; managing insects in row crops, hayfields, citrus production and pine trees; and comparing treatments and equipment in peanut fields. Extension distributed a monthly newsletter to more than 250 individuals with timely information for producers in Worth County. Agents also disseminate information through social media outlets including the Worth County Ag blog, Twitter, and Facebook. In addition to assisting growers and residents of Worth County, agents also educate youth audiences. In the fall of 2019, the agents were able to teach students in first and second grade at Worth County Primary School about the importance of agriculture in Worth County and about how plants grow.
4-H Youth Development
Worth County 4-H provides an environment that enables participants to develop skills in the essential traits of independence, generosity, belonging and mastery. Youth in 4-H develop skills that are valuable to themselves and the community, helping them grow into successful adults. In 2019, Worth County 4-H had an enrollment of 365 youth and a total of 21 clubs. Monthly 4-H club meetings were held for Worth County fifth grade, homeschool, middle school and high school students. Four members participated in Cloverleaf District Project Achievement, while 10 4-H members competed in Junior/Senior District Project Achievement. One senior 4-H’er went on to place second at State Conference in the housing project area. In 2019, 4-H’ers attended camps including Cloverleaf at Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Junior at Camp Jekyll, and Senior at Rock Eagle. Worth County 4-H’ers attended multiple state events. Worth County had entries in the lamb, meat goat, beef cattle, and swine livestock shows. The Georgia 4-H Project S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) had Worth County 4-H members compete at district and state matches. Four Worth County 4-H’ers placed fifth at the Trap, Skeet, and Sporting Clays Shotgun State. In addition, many Worth County 4-H members participated in fundraisers, such as Vidalia onion, sweet potato and Coca-Cola sales. Funds were used to support 4-H projects like camp and District Project Achievement. A total of 14 certified adult volunteers assisted 4-H with various projects. Members of 4-H have donated to the Ronald McDonald House, made cards for local first responders, and served local farmers and their families at a Farmers Appreciation Dinner.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Worth County Extension collaborated with the Worth County Health Department to hold the annual Flu Vaccination Day, during which more than 100 people received a flu vaccination. More than 50 animals received rabies vaccinations. This event also served as a training ground for EMS personnel and volunteers in case a major disease outbreak or natural disaster occurs. Withith the help of Tift County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Roxie Price, all Worth County second-grade students received a lesson about added sugar. This lesson created awareness about the amount of sugar they are drinking in sodas, sports drinks and juice. The lesson also pointed out the negative effects of too much sugar in their bodies, such as childhood obesity.