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Outstanding Extension Program Contest Winners

Extension administration recognizes successful programs that provide timely, relevant information in an appealing manner through Cooperative Extension offices, units and/or departments. Winners will be archived here.

Contest Winners 2015

Month Program Title Submitted by:
"From Seed to Shining Seed"
Program Focus: To train and grow the Master Gardener Extension Volunteer speakers bureau.
Heather Kolich,
Forsyth County
March "Farm/City Tour"
Program Focus: Participants gained a better understanding of the different crops grown in Walker County, the impact agriculture has on the local economy and the role of UGA Extension in Georgia.
Norman Edwards, Walker County
May "Pesticide Safety and Handling Training"
Program Focus: To provide pesticide applicator recertification training to commercial pesticide license holders.
Charlotte Meeks, Houston County
June "Small Farm Business Planning Workshop"
Program Focus: To provide farmers with information on the business aspects of operating a farm.
Wade Parker, Jenkins County
July "Leadership Waycross Agriculture Day"
Program Focus: To lead members of the Leadership Waycross class on tours of farms and ag-related venues and demonstrating the importance of agriculture in Ware County.
Heidi Flowers, Ware County
August "Walk Georgia 5k, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk and Mutt Strut"
Program Focus: To raise awareness about UGA Extension's Walk Georgia Program. Participants can read health and wellness articles, find recipes and set personal fitness goals.
Georgeanne Cook, Washington County
"Relationship Smarts for Youth"
Program Focus: To help youth: (1) get in touch with their sense of identity and the values important to them; (2) understand the foundations of a good relationship; (3) know the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships and how to avoid or get out of unhealthy relationships; (4) develop skills to effectively communicate and manage conflict; and (5) understand the impact of digital technology on relationships and social life.
Caitlin Bennett, Banks County


Contest Winners 2014

Month Program Title Submitted by:
January "Gordon County Agricultural Tour"
Program Focus: Elected officials, Chamber of Commerce members and local citizens were led on a tour of local farms and the new Gordon County Agricultural Service Center to educate and raise awareness of agricultural impact in Gordon County. Read more >>
Greg Bowman, Gordon County
February "Expanded Food and Nutrition Program in Action"
Program Focus: General nutrition education sessions were presented to social service agencies and clients in Fulton, Clayton, and Cobb counties with the goal of helping participants make healthier food choices. Read more >>
Angela Hairston, Fulton, Clayton and Cobb counties
March "Small Farm Tour"
Program Focus: The tour focused on sharing the message of agritourism and its beneifts to small farms and the community. Participants included state and local elected officials, UGA administrators, Georgia Department of Tourism, USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service, local stakeholders and farmers. Read more >>
Forrest Connelly, Stephens County
April "Great Start Columbus"
Program Focus: Home visiting programs for pregnant women or mothers of newborns to five-year-olds in Columbus and Muscogee County, including First Steps (FS), Parents as Teachers (PAT), Healthy Families (HF) and Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP). Read more >>
Barbara Collins, Muscogee County
May/June "Hall County Forage Field Day"
Program Focus: The program delivered a sprayer calibration demonstration, pasture walk and discussions about the components of a pasture assessment, stockpiling forage for winter and understanding hay quality. Read more >>
Michael Wheeler, Hall County
July "Small Farming: Where to Begin"
Program Focus: Tailored to the small and/or beginning farmer, the program offered training sessions on record keeping, funding, resources, profitable marketing, grazing systems, poultry, organic/sustainable agriculture, vegetables, beekeeping, and pecans. Read more >>
Karol Kelly, Bibb County
August "Farm to Chef Networking Day"
Program Focus: To bring food producers and chefs together to discuss streamlining food distribution networks and to bring more locally grown food to restaurants, schools, and institutions in the Carroll County area. Read more >>
Paula Burke, Carroll County
September "Georgia Master Composter Program"
Program Focus: To address the need for composting education and resources through a comprehensive nine-week certification program. To pass on their composting knowledge to the community, each Master Composter commits to serving 40 volunteer hours within the first year of completing the course and 20 hours each year thereafter to retain their certification. Read more >>
Amanda Tedrow, Athens-Clarke County
October "Youth in Governance"
Program Focus: To expose 4-H members in 7th through 11th grades to the functions of local government and community services while increasing their awareness of community needs. The week-long day camp program provided students with insight into the connection between academic learning and real-life, hands-on service. Read more >>
Cherry Hovatter, Spalding County
"Youth Build Gardening Program"
Program Focus: To teach low-income students basic gardening and landscaping skills while they are working toward their GED or high school diploma. This program is a collaboration with the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens and Youth-Build Savannah.
Liz Lubrani, Chatham County


Contest Winners 2013

Month Program Title Submitted by:
January "Youth to Leaders"
Program Focus: Annual leadership program providing youth with opportunities to demonstrate leadership abilities through commitment to their local, district and state 4-H program and their community.
Stephanie Myers, Evans County
February "Healthy Hands"
Program Focus: Children learn how to scrub their hands properly to remove germs, especially before they eat.  They learn how germs spread and what they can do to keep from getting themselves and others sick.
Roxie Price, Tift County
March "Reality Check for 7th Grade Students"
Program Focus: Students learn the basics of finance and gain a better understanding of what things cost during this 2-hour interactive program. Helps social studies teachers meet Georgia Performance Standards.
Adrianne Cox, Harris County
April "Farm Safety Workshop"
Program Focus: Participants are educated on how to reduce the number of injuries or fatalities on farms. Read more >>
Norman Edwards, Walker County
May "Backyard Poultry Workshop"
Program Focus: Participants already in poultry production and those interested in starting a small flock were provided information on selection of breeds, pasture based poultry management, disease and insect management, nutrition, zoning laws, and marketing regulations. Read more >>
Sam Ingram, Jackson County; and Bob Waldorf, Banks County
June "Bartow County Extension Office Open House "
Program Focus: Over 100 participants were educated about the many different programs and services provided through the county Extension office. The event included a performing arts variety show by 4-H'ers, seminars, videos and educational exhibits. Read more >>
Paul Pugliese, Allison Perkins, Kathy Floyd, Kim Payne and Brielle Shinall, Bartow County
July "Eighth Annual Insectival"
Program Focus: A family event to educate participants about insects and how they are beneficial. Activities included cockroach races, educational exhibits, games and crafts, as well as edible insects (participants joined the "I Ate a Bug" Club). Read more >>
Jule-Lynn Macie, Rockdale County
August "Sustainable Agriculture Series"
Program Focus: This program series was developed to meet the needs of a growing population of beginning farmers who are interested in production of vegetables, fruits, and livestock on small acreages with practices that are considered organic, sustainable, or naturally grown. Read more >>
Adam Speir, Madison County
September "Junk Drawer Robotics Team"
Program Focus: The team addressed a critical need for hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programming for youth in Paulding County. Participants built and tested simple machines in weekly meetings using common items found around homes. Read more >>
Brittani Kelley, Paulding County
October "Chattooga County Beekeepers"
Program Focus: This club has networked with surrounding area beekeepers and associations to be a knowledge base and educational outlet for the community, farmers, pollinators, schools and organizations. Read more >>
Rebecca Thomas, Chattooga County
November "Growing and Marketing Satsuma Mandarins as a Commercial Crop in Southern Georgia"
Program Focus: The program was designed and presented to educate farmers and small landowners of the possibilities of growing satsumas commercially and marketing the fruit to Georgia schools and other outlets. Read more >>
Jake Price, Lowndes County
December "Savannah Farm to School Workshop"
Program Focus: The program educates the community on the importance of sourcing local food for schools and providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, such as school gardens, farm field trips and cooking lessons. Read more >>
Trish West, Chatham County


Contest Winners 2012

Month Program Title Submitted by:
January "Update for Green Industry Professionals"
Program Focus: Semi-annual program increases green industry professionals' knowledge on safe and effective pesticide use, money savings, and efficient operations.
Tim Daly,
Gwinnett County
February "Workshop on Vegetable Gardening"
Program Focus: Covers topics from the basics of growing veggies to food preservation.
Greg Bowman, Gordon County
March "Workshop Estate Planning Basics"
Program Focus: How to inform rural landowners on how to best transition assets from one generation to another.
Ray Hicks, Screven County
April "Money Smarts"
Program Focus: How to use money by stretching food dollars, saving money, tracking spending, setting goals and setting up a spending plan. Includes the importance of having a checking account, paying bills on time and identity theft protection.
Renee Dotson, Gilmer County
May "Diabetes Cooking School"
Program Focus: Covers topics such as Carbohydrates — Friend or Foe?, Hypertension and Diabetics, and Portion Control. Includes food demonstrations of various diabetic recipes and taste testing.
Suzanne Williams, Dougherty County
June "4-H Ag Adventure Day"
Program Focus: Introduces elementary school students to various aspects of agriculture.
Kris Peavy, Randolph County
July "Ag in the Classroom"
Program Focus: Gives 4th and 5th grade students hands-on learning experiences with many of today's agricultural commodities, including peanuts, cotton, forestry, animal science and dairy, as well as exposure to Georgia 4-H.
Trey Walker, Pierce County
August "Spring Forward Paulding"

Program Focus: One-day festival that brings information on local and sustainable living to Paulding County residents. Demonstrations on soil and water conservation practices for homeowners were presented.

Mary Carol Sheffield, Paulding County
September "Water Conservation: You Can Do It!"
Program Focus: An annual 4th Grade Educator's Workshop that provides hands-on training, resources and materials to teachers in Coweta County.
Stephanie Butcher, Coweta County
October "Forestry Field Day"
Program Focus: Provides education to landowners, loggers and foresters on pine tree management, annosum root disease, tax issues and wildlife issues in Georgia.
Mark Crosby, Emanuel County
November "4-H Cooking with Care"
Program Focus: Teaches 4-H'ers food prep and nutrition skills. 5th graders have independently made over 315 recipes through the program.
Denise Everson, Clarke/Oconee County; and Lauren Healey, Oconee County
December "Environmental Education Day"
Program Focus: Hands-on event for 3rd-6th graders of Jeff Davis and Montgomery counties focusing on the ecology of the Altamaha River.
Sheila Marchant,
Jeff Davis County


Contest Winners 2011

Month Program Title Submitted by:
November "From Your Garden to Your Table"
Program Focus: How to create a home vegetable garden and preserve the garden harvest
Emily Harper,
Cobb County

"Uranium and Radon Workshop for Well Water Owners"
Program Focus: Held in multiple locations across the state to reach home and well owners concerned about their health

Dana Lynch, Monroe County