Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agriculture & Natural Resources in Coweta County
The Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) program assists homeowners, farmers and land owners by providing educational seminars and workshops on topics from landscaping to wildlife management and everything in between. Through programs like our monthly Backyard Association meetings held the second Tuesday of each month and hosted by Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, we provide education on a variety of topics including vegetable gardens, ornamentals, landscape design, fruit trees, organic production just to name a few. Other ANR services include but are not limited to soil, water, and forage testing; plant disease diagnostic services; insect identification; and troubleshooting landscape problems. Please follow the links on this site to find further information, or contact us at UGA Extension in Coweta County at 770-254-2620.
Ask The County Agent
One of your greatest resources for assistance with ANR questions is your County Agent, Ms. Stephanie Butcher. Please see her latest articles from "The Coweta Shopper" shown below:
"What's wrong with my lawn?"
"Can you help me get rid of Fire Ants?"
"What's wrong with my Fruit Trees?"
"How do I get rid of Ticks?"
"How can I control Carpenter Bees?"
"When is the best time to apply pre-emergent herbicide?"
"How do I start a vegetable Garden?"
"What do you do at the Extension Office?"
Coweta County Upcoming Programs & Events
Hay & Baleage Short Course
Learn about cutting, curing & storing high quality hay, managing forage quality, pest management and more at the 2018 Hay & Baleage Short Course. Earn 1 credit toward your Private Pesticide License and 2 credits toward your Commercial Pesticide License. Register by February 16th, 2018 and join us on February 22nd, 2018 at the Carroll County Extension Office for this valuable opportunity! Call Carroll County Extension at 770.836.8546 for additional details.
SWAG Hands-on AG Workshop
UGA Extension/Southern Women in Ag will be providing a hands-on Ag Workshop to include training in cattle handling, fencing, tractors, trucks/trailers and more!
When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Coweta County Fairgrounds, 275 Pine Road, Newnan GA
Registration & Cost: Registration & payment due no later than Monday, March 5, 2018. Cost is $30 which includes lunch.
This training is for all women interested or involved in farming and/or cattle production. Participants will receive hands-on instruction on a variety of topics and learn skills which are applicable to different areas of agriculture.
Please direct questions to the Coweta County Extension office at 770-254-2620.
Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers' the
Backyard Association Meeting
"Turf Talk with Tim"
When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.
Where: Coweta County Extension Office, 255 Pine Road, Newnan, GA
Contact: email@example.com or 770-254-2620 (registration is not required, but is preferred)
The Backyard Association, sponsored by Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs), is a free seminar held on the second Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. at the Coweta County Extension Office located at 255 Pine Road in Newnan.
Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program
UGA Extension in Carroll, Coweta & Paulding Counties are hosting the Journeyman Farmer program that provides a comprehensive training for beginning farmers.
The program requires a three-step training:
Step 1: Small Farm Business Planning (Friday, March 30th, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Carroll County Ag Center)
Step 2: Small Fruit & Vegetable Production (7-week training; Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting April 10th through May 22nd, 2018)
Step 3: Hands-on Production
Registration is due no later than March 15th, 2018. Please contact Paula Burke at the Carroll County Extension office (770.836.8546) for additional details.
2018 MGEV Scholarship Applications Available Now!
Nancy Harrelson, Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer (MGEV) Scholarship Committee Chairperson, announced that the MGEV’s will be awarding $1500 scholarships to students who wish to pursue or are pursuing a degree in horticulture, agriculture, environmental science or a related subject. Applicants must be Coweta County residents, have at least a “B” average, complete the required application and provide supporting documents.
Applications and required documents must be received no later than March 16, 2018.
Mail or deliver the application with required documents to:
Coweta County Extension
Attn: MGEV Scholarship Committee
255 Pine Road
Newnan, Georgia 30263
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Karen Mansour at the Coweta County Extension, 770-254-2620.
Farmer's Market ~ Looking forward to 2018!
The 2017 Farmer's Market has concluded, and we are looking forward to another wonderful season of fresh fruits, vegetables and wares from our local vendors in 2018. As soon as they are available, we will share the details!
UPDATE: Avian Influenza (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI)
To: All Georgia Poultry Producers
From: Robert M. Cobb, Jr., DVM, State Veterinarian
SUSPENSION OF POULTRY ASSEMBLY IS RESCINDED: Effective immediately all poultry exhibitions, shows, sales (flea markets, auction markets), swaps, and meets in the State of Georgia are permitted to return to normal operation.
Due to the lack of recent and additional confirmations and ongoing investigations of Avian Influenza in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia;
Upon release, on this day, of the Georgia LPAI Surveillance Zone in Chattooga County after multiple rounds of negative sample surveillance;
Due to extensive negative surveillance in commercial and backyard poultry in all the affected states;
Due to the continually increasing warm temperatures found in Georgia at this time;
The Georgia Poultry Assembly Suspension, effective on March 16, 2017, is rescinded immediately.
As a reminder, Avian Influenza resides in our wild birds, especially wild waterfowl. In order to protect your flock from disease, it is sound practice to maintain BIOSECURITY at all times. It is recommended that Georgia poultry producers and enthusiasts (commercial and backyard) observe the following:
1. Implement BIOSECURITY on all poultry premises at all times. Helpful information can be found at:
2. Any contact with wild birds of any kind, especially waterfowl, their habitat, or their droppings should be avoided.
3. In addition to wild birds, prevent the introduction of disease by other animals (rodents, snakes, dogs, etc.) and fomites (inanimate objects: buckets, boots, rakes, cages, trailers, trucks, equipment of any kind). These non-avian animals and fomites can be a vehicle to transmit disease into your flock. Remember, BIOSECURITY – AT ALL TIMES!
4. Take the necessary precautions around any assemblies, gatherings or congregation points – do not bring disease back to your poultry. Clean and disinfect yourself, any items and your vehicle before returning to your farm. Always isolate any new additions for a period of time to help prevent introduction of disease into your flock.
5. Closely monitor your flocks for signs of disease. Report any sick birds or concerns immediately.
6. Enroll in the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP). Information on NPIP can be found at: https://www.gapoultrylab.org/npip/
7. Register your flock at: http://agr.georgia.gov/avian-influenza.aspx
8. Please contact the HPAI HOTLINE for reporting of any sick birds or for questions related to HPAI.
Georgia Department of Agriculture www.ga-ai.org (855) 491-1432
Georgia Poultry Laboratory www.gapoultrylab.org (770) 766-6850
The Georgia Department of Agriculture would like to thank all affected parties for their cooperation and professionalism during the recent event. The Department’s Incident Command Team for Avian Influenza appreciates all of the assistance received from our numerous partners during this event.
Additional information about avian influenza can be found at http://extension.uga.edu/topics/poultry/avian-flu/ .
Screwworms have been confirmed in Florida and are being found infesting animals on Big Pine Key. That’s more than 500 miles south of Georgia and an eradication program is under way, but please keep an eye out.
Livestock such as cattle, goats, horses, swine, etc. can be infested with screwworms and should be checked regularly.
Look here for additional information.
The USDA has some good screwworm photographs at
Florida has lots of good information about screwworms on their website at http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Animal-Industry/Consumer-Resources/Reportable-Animal-Diseases/New-World-Screwworm
If you find maggots infesting a wound on a living animal (not carcasses), collect them in a sealed container in alcohol and bring them to the Extension office to be identified.
Rainfall has been scarce since August and water conservation is on everyone's mind. The Georgia Water Stewardship Act of 2010 established certain outdoor watering protocols to conserve water during times of drought. These rules apply to all properties served by state permitted water systems.
Odd/even watering schedule for sprinkler systems on existing landscapes: Wednesdays & Saturdays (4P-10A) for addresses ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 and Thursdays & Sundays (4P-10A) for addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9.
- 30-day exemption applies for establishment of new landscapes. After 30 days, drought response watering practices must be followed.
- Hand-watering using a hose w/an automatic shut-off nozzle
- Food gardens
- Drip irrigation or soaker hoses
- Horticulture crops intended for sale, resale, or installation
- Athletic fields, golf courses, and public recreation areas
- Maintenance or calibration of an irrigation system
- Water from private wells and bodies of water on property (not exceeding state withdrawal limits)
- Water from an alternative source (grey water, rain water, air-conditioner condensate)
- Commercial pressure washing
While natural precipitation is generally sufficient to prevent plant desiccation in established landscapes during fall and winter, extremely dry conditions may require supplemental watering to help mitigate plant damage. Follow responsible watering practices and properly manage irrigation systems to protect plant health while promoting a culture of water conservation in Georgia.
Stay informed on the latest drought information from the Environmental Protection Division.
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