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Sharing the knowledge

It is always good to gain a new audience. I am delighted to share educational information with the readers of The McDuffie Mirror.

When you need answers, you go to the source. And when your questions need unbiased, research-based answers about issues like water quality, family wellness and helping young people prepare for life, your best source is right here in your community, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service.

The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service responds to the people's needs and interests in agriculture, the environment, families and 4-H/youth with unbiased, research-based education.

Through a unique partnership with your county, The University of Georgia, the State of Georgia and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Cooperative Extension Service can tap into a wealth of information for you. County Extension agents, such as myself, backed up by specialists and a network of resources, have been on the job in Georgia since 1914.

If growing and selling crops and livestock is where your questions lie, Extension has the answers. Your county agent can test your soil and water, advise you on safe pesticide use, provide you with publications, and get you in touch with the experts.

But you don't have to be a farmer to put Extension's agriculture knowledge to work. Gardeners, landscapers, homeowners, agribusiness, communities dealing with waste management and water quality issues - everyone can get answers about how the world grows.

Are you raising a family? Making a living? Trying to cook and eat nutritiously?

Making important buying decisions? Then, I may assist you in the area of family and consumer sciences. Programs and material tailored to your needs help you with food safety, healthy eating habits, child safety, financial stability, parenting and building strong relationships.

And don't forget the children. The Extension Service coordinates Georgia's largest youth program, 4-H. Almost 200,000 youth are learning to make their best better.

That translates into summer camp, public speaking, conferences on today's issues, project work in everything from photography to lambs to computers. To all those youngsters, 4-H means fun. To their parents, it means solid training in leadership, responsibility, social skills, competition and fun.

Got any questions? Stop by your county Extension office today - where we are putting knowledge to work. Here in McDuffie County we are located at 116 Main Street in Thomson. Or phone us at 595-1815.



Web posted on Thursday, September 9, 2004


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