Supes learn expanse of Extension work
by Paisley Boston
Nov 19, 2013 | 1688 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Mississippi State University Extension Service of Bolivar County presented its annual review to the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors and the extension executive committee Monday.

The host for the event was County Extension Coordinator, Laura J. Giaccaglia.

"I am going to bring you up to speed on where on where we stand with Extension across the state. As of Jan. 1 our job titles were changed but our jobs didn’t change. We are now county coordinators,” said Giaccaglia.

The extension office sponsors and conducts several programs, such as Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers, Mid Delta Forestry, Master Garden, 4-H, Delta Rice Promotions, Inc. and Agriculture.

"The Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers go out into the community and give back. These women have volunteered at nursing homes, the Rainbow House, churches and schools. They have also donated tote bags for the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children and provided transportation for the elderly to doctor appointments and cooked for the sick," she said.

Giaccaglia went on to discuss the Mid Delta Forestry Program — she said that the members of the association speak at various events across the state on behalf of Bolivar County about industries and wildlife.

According to Giaccaglia the Bolivar County Master Garden Program is one on the most instrumental programs sponsored by the extension service.

"I am very thankful for them. These individuals have donated more than 600 hours of their time and traveled more than 1,283 miles to conduct educational meetings," she added.

4-H is another program that is sponsored by the extension service.

There are over 2,000 youth in Bolivar County's 4-H program through special interests projects, enrichment programs, organized clubs and other 4-H activities.

"We have 160 volunteers that help teach you ages five-18 life skills that they need in order to become productive citizens," added Giaccaglia.

4-H member Myrtis Porter gave an overview of some of her recent experiences with the program.

"I am on the state Leadership Team, I got the opportunity to travel around Mississippi by charter bus to different Co-ops and. We went to a cotton co-op in Greenwood and got a chance to touch the cotton. I won first place in one of the competitions that they had while on the Cooperative Tour. It was an award in Early Childhood Education. The judges had to sit on the floor and act as small children—while I read a story to them. I guess they liked the way I presented it. I also designed a poster board," said Porter.

Extension Agent Craig Hankins gave a report on agriculture.

According to Hankins, Bolivar County is number one in soybeans, rice and wheat.

"Cotton took a big hit this year. In the past we had 20,000 acres of cotton but this year, we only had 3,000. Weather wise, it has not been pretty good but yield wise it has been good," he added.

At the end of the luncheon, Giaccaglia expressed deep gratitude to the board of supervisors by giving them gift baskets.

"I would like to thank the board of supervisors for all of their support — we really appreciate all that you do for us. I am pleased to say that not every county in the state has a wonderful support system like I have here in Bolivar County.

"I am pleased to know that I can go to anyone of the supervisors and they will listen to my concerns,” said Giaccaglia.