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
Nathan Eason, White County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension agent, has been working diligently to provide long-term agriculture programming in White County. The state Cattlemen’s Association has recognized Eason by selecting him for the 2015 County Agent of the Year Beef Award for his work with the local Cattlemen’s Association chapter. The Northeast Georgia Cattlemen’s chapter has been able to increase participation by 35 percent and to provide more and better quality programs over the past year. In other work, White County vineyard owners and managers have had the help from UGA Extension personnel to make timely management decisions. Eason has teamed up with Lumpkin County agent Clark MacAllister to conduct vine-pruning research in order to delay bud break on white grape varieties. This long-term study will help managers decide on the best practices needed for their vineyards. In regards to supporting small farms in White County, the Extension office has worked to grow the local farmers market by creating logos, adding signage and planning market day entertainment. Continued efforts are being made by UGA Extension in White County to look into additional marketing options for producers such as restaurants, grocery stores and the school system.
4-H Youth Development
More 4-H’ers have been involved in the White County 4-H Club this past year than in the past five years. Key successful programs, such as horse, archery and gardening programs, have contributed greatly to this success. Our 4-H horse team took four youth to the state horse-judging event. Our first-ever 4-H archery team had 20 participants attend state competition. In the program’s second year, 4-H garden cub members produced more than 700 pounds of tomatoes and donated most of them to the White County Food Pantry. From these experiences, our young gardeners learned sound agricultural practices to grow their vegetables and how to contribute to their community in a meaningful way with the resulting harvest. Volunteer coaches and parents have been dedicated to these programs, helping to ensure that each 4-H’er is improving and learning a particular skill set. This year, more than 100 youth presented demonstrations on projects of their choosing to school or Extension staff. These demonstrations help prepare young people with the communication skills they will need to succeed in their lives. The 4-H organization prides itself on helping to develop young people to become the best citizens they can be, for their club, their community, their country and their world.