New Houston County Extension Coordinator talks about background, plans

September 4, 2013 

I want to start this column by introducing myself. My name is Charlotte Mote, and I am the new county extension coordinator and agricultural and natural resource agent here in Houston County.

I am originally from Covington, but have lived in south Georgia and Middle Georgia for seven years. I began my journey in south Georgia in 2006 when I began taking classes at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. After graduating with my associate degree in agricultural education, I transferred to the University of Georgia Tifton campus. There, I received my bachelor’s degree in agriscience and environmental systems. Looking back on it now, I believe that going to the UGA Tifton campus was one of the best decisions I have made. Many of the agricultural specialists I contact on a daily basis resided in Tifton. These are the same specialists whom I took classes under at UGA Tifton.

My exposure to UGA Cooperative Extension came at a young age from my participation in the Newton County 4-H Horse Club. I have been riding and showing horses since I was 8 years old. After I enrolled at UGA, I began working at UGA’s Research Dairy as a part-time calf feeder. I have always enjoyed working with animals, but felt that I needed additional experience with row crops because south Georgia has a largely diverse row crop system. Upon leaving the dairy, I began my summer internship with BASF. This internship was an eye-opening experience to what all Georgia and central Florida has to offer in agricultural production. After I graduated in December 2010, I began working for Bold Spring Nursery in Hawkinsville. The experience was great, but because of the recession, I was laid off the following fall. I scouted cotton last summer and worked for Bold Spring Nursery the following spring to help them get through the heavy shipping season. This was when I was offered the position in Houston County. I was ecstatic. I had wanted to be an ag agent since starting schooling at UGA.

On May 1, Houston County experienced something very rare: the hiring of three new agents. We are all working hard to build our programs, but we are also involved in each other’s programs as well. We believe that working together will build a strong extension program for Houston County and will benefit the community greatly. With the ANR program, I am working hard to build a strong relationship with both our commercial growers and our homeowners. I want to be the ag agent whom you can depend on, the one to give you knowledgeable advice and recommendations from a creditable source. I am here to teach, but I am also here to learn.

For more information on any program area, contact Houston County Extension at 478-987-2028 or drop by our office in the old courthouse, downtown Perry, 801 Main St. Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Visit our website at www.caes.uga.edu/extension/houston for more news about your local extension office.

Dates to remember

Sept. 13: Entry deadline for 4-H competitions in Georgia National Fair

Sept. 19: Show. CAES UGA Southwest-UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. Registration ends Sept. 12. Contact the Office of Academic Programs 229-386-3528

Sept. 24: Show. CAES UGA Southwest-UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. Registration ends Sept. 17. Contact the Office of Academic Programs 229-386-3528

Oct.3-13: Georgia National Fair, Perry.Ask a Master Gardener Booth in Heritage Hall, demonstrations daily

Charlotte Mote is the Houston County agricultural and natural resources agent. Contact her at 478-987-2028 or cmote1@uga.edu.

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