Meeting the needs of the local community. That's the basic goal we have as County Extension Agents. We try to respond to the people's needs and interests in agriculture, the environment, families and youth with unbiased research-based information.
You may wonder how we identify local needs. In McDuffie County, one of the primary methods of identifying local needs is through an advisory committee. This committee consists of a dozen people carefully selected to represent the demographics of the county. We have several in-depth meetings with this group during the year.
If you have suggestions for this committee to consider, please submit them to the Extension office at 595-1815.
We'll be glad to see that your information is passed on to the committee.
Occasionally, simple phone calls such as this have resulted in programs which ultimately have a significant impact on the community.
Many people may just recognize the Extension office as the place where you get your soil or water tested. While these tests provide valuable information to a lot of people, that is only a small part of what we do.
In all of our endeavors we strive to educate rather than serve.
It's kinda like that saying, "Give a man a fish and he'll have a meal but teach him how to fish and you'll feed him for a lifetime."
So often, when I'm helping someone deal with a problem, it would be easy just to fix it myself. Where does that leave the person when they're faced with the same problem again? Or how can they spread the knowledge to others if they aren't educated?
We're always open to suggestions as to how we can provide research-based education.