Georgia 4-H pilots modern ag tech program

Georgia 4-H pilots innovative ag tech program

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a part of the nationwide 4-H Tech Changemakersinitiative.

Highschool 4-H’ers are bridging know-how gaps within the agriculture group with Georgia’s new 4-H Ag Tech Changemakers program, a part of the nationwide 4-H Tech Changemakersinitiative. (file photograph)

ATHENS, Ga. — Highschool 4-H’ers are bridging know-how gaps within the agriculture group with Georgia’s new 4-H Ag Tech Changemakers program, a part of the nationwide 4-H Tech Changemakersinitiative.

College students skilled as 4-H Tech Changemakers create academic alternatives for adults to be taught important workforce-related know-how. Georgia 4-H created the 4-H Ag Tech Changemakers program to develop the topic space protection to incorporate agriculture-specific expertise, and youth take the talents they be taught to supply outreach programming to their native farming communities.

College of Georgia precision agriculture specialists developed and facilitated complete coaching to begin this system 12 months in September 2022. The 2-day expertise in Tifton geared up the scholars with data of cutting-edge agricultural strategies, applications and tools. Matter areas embrace drones, soil sampling, digital pest and weed identification, sprayer calibration, irrigation scheduling apps, and GPS steerage aids.

The 25 members of the primary 4-H Ag Tech Changemakers cohort are led by UGA Cooperative Extension county 4-H and Agriculture and Pure Sources brokers in a novel partnership between this system areas. 9 counties together with Houston, Toombs, Decatur, Peach, Value, Pulaski, Emanuel, Jackson and Ben Hill are represented.

Since September, greater than 1,500 adults have been reached via 28 occasions. Relationships are being fostered with native agriculture-based associations and Georgia Farm Bureau places of work as college students take the result in join with the workforce.

Pulaski County 4-H’ers hosted a workshop for 110 farmers and farm enterprise homeowners and launched attendees to free weed and pest identification cellular apps. Jackson County 4-H’ers introduced a drone utilization course to the Corridor County Grasp Gardeners and offered operation suggestions and software concepts. Individuals had been rewarded with the chance to fly a drone on-site.

Grant funding for 4-H Tech Changemakers offers youth with tools to make use of of their communities. All 9 counties obtained state-of-the-art drones, tablets, sprayer calibrators and steerage assist techniques that enable college students to show with a hands-on strategy.

“We’re thrilled to develop our current Tech Changemaker programming into the agriculture sector with this new program,” mentioned Katie Bowker, program coordinator for Georgia 4-H Tech Changemakers. “Agriculture is a large business in Georgia and we’re keen to attach college students with new ag applied sciences. In flip, we join our communities with them as nicely.”

Wes Porter, affiliate professor and Extension specialist for precision agriculture and irrigation, led the hassle to create the preliminary coaching for youth and brokers. Contributing UGA college, employees and graduate college students embrace Jason Edenfield, Seth McAllister, Coleman Byers, Lisa Baxter, Cody Mathis, Savannah Tanner, Simerjeet Virk, Daniel Jackson, Triston Hansford and Jason Mallard.

Nationwide 4-H Council facilitates the 4-H Tech Changemakers Program. The 2022-23 grant cycle is Georgia’s fourth 12 months collaborating in this system. “Suggestions from these first few months of Ag Tech Changemakers programming has been overwhelmingly optimistic, and we’re trying ahead to persevering with to develop this initiative within the subsequent 12 months,” mentioned Bowker.

Georgia 4-H empowers youth to turn into true leaders by growing essential life expertise, optimistic relationships, and group consciousness. Because the premier youth management group within the state, 4-H reaches a whole bunch of 1000’s of individuals yearly via UGA Extension county places of work and 4-H amenities.

–Josie Smith, Georgia 4-H

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