Energy Assistance Program Opens For Homebound and Elderly Households on November 3, 2014

The State of Georgia, Department of Human Services with whom North Georgia Community Action, Inc. contracts has announced the Energy Assistance Program will open for Homebound and Elderly Households on November 3, 2014.

All households participating in the program must provide verification and meet the income criteria, be responsible for paying the cost of energy for home heating directly to the supplier, and be a U.S. Citizen or Alien admitted to the U. S. for lawful, permanent residence.

For more information, contact the North Georgia Community Action, Inc. Community Service Center for your county of residence:

CATOOSA 706/858-0926

GILMER 706/635-5858

CHATTOOGA 706/857-0729

MURRAY 706/695-5913

CHEROKEE 770/345-653

PICKENS 1 706/692-6803

DADE 706/657-4664

WALKER  706/638-0818

FANNIN 706/632-2854

WHITFIELD 706/226-7241


Hunters Helping Farmers

Boars. Wild hogs. Feral Pigs.  No matter the term, hogs can be a big problem. Especially for landowners who depend on their property to supply crops that provide for their livelihood.  Hunters Helping Farmers is a new program combining the efforts of the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to help alleviate the agricultural and financial damage caused by these non-native invasive pests.

“It is a natural fit to connect hunters and farmers together to try and help solve this growing problem, says Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. ‘”In no way will this be a silver bullet, but hopefully one small way we can help assist in this huge issue for our farmers.”

Rooting, trampling and consumption of crops are the most common type of damage seen by farmers.  Crops most often destroyed include rice, sorghum, wheat, corn, soybeans, peanuts, potatoes, watermelon and cantaloupe. Hogs also can potentially contribute to bacterial contamination and sedimentation issues in waterways and they can carry numerous diseases, such as brucellosis and pseudo rabies.

“Feral Hogs are known for causing extensive damage,” said Georgia DNR Commissioner Mark Williams. “By matching a hunter who is looking for additional hunting opportunities, with a landowner who needs help dispatching feral hogs, we hope to provide some relief to those who are suffering from this problem.”

The Hunters Helping Farmers program provides a mechanism to help farmers and hunters engage with a similar goal in mind. The goal of the new program is to help facilitate a relationship between farmers looking for ways to control hog issues on their land and hunters looking to hunt them. Interested farmers can register on the Georgia Department of Agriculture website at  Information from interested farmers and hunters will be matched based on geographical area and given to the farmer to choose if and when to contact a hunter.  The farmer will be responsible for making all arrangements with the hunter.

For more information, call 1-844-464-5455


Keep your hummingbird feeders up as temperatures drop this fall and winter.

That’s the suggestion of Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division biologists, who say that some visiting hummers make the state their winter home and benefit from the nourishment feeders provide.

Although the ruby-throated hummingbird is the only breeding species of eastern North America, 12 hummingbird species have been recorded in Georgia in the last half-century. Every year in early fall, our resident ruby-throats migrate south to Central America, often crossing the Gulf of Mexico in a single flight.

But even before this departure, hummingbird species from the western U.S. and northwestern Canada start showing up in Georgia. These winter visitors may arrive as early as August and stay into late March or early April.

Many Georgians used to take their feeders down for winter, fearing that the food supply would deter hummingbirds from migrating. However, the shortening of the days is what signals hummers to move, not the availability of food.

Keeping feeders up through the winter does not affect normal migration. Instead, homeowners who keep their feeders full are supplying a supplemental source of food for migratory hummers and may get a rare glimpse of a western species such as a rufous or calliope in their yard this winter.