Daily ag Zoom sessions connect Georgians during pandemic
COVID-19 caused significant changes to how University of Georgia Extension could provide information to Georgia residents. Virtual programing became the best means to reach out to clientele and continue being relevant in the community.
County Extension agents in six Georgia counties and an FFA teacher implemented a daily ag Zoom session focusing on agricultural issues affecting youths and adults across Georgia. The program provided timely and relevant information on agronomy, horticulture, farm safety, forestry and natural resources and livestock production. There were 26 live meetings and recordings made available on several social media platforms. A total of 620 individuals attended the live sessions, and the social media videos received over 1,100 views.
A survey of participating youth showed 70% had an overall retention of information covered through an ag trivia game. One parent shared, “My child learned information relating to agriculture production and careers. We are grateful for the time and effort from the leaders and speakers. It provided a great way to learn and socialize during the COVID-19 quarantine.”