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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

Holiday Wreath Workshop

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017  9 a.m. - 12 noon

We look forward to seeing all registrants at the workshop! 

Where: Coweta County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall, 275 Pine Road, Newnan, GA

Contact: 770-254-2620 or uge2077@uga.edu 

Why not start the holiday season by creating a fresh wreath for your front door at the Coweta County Master Gardeners’ wreath-making workshop on Saturday, December 2nd at 9:00 a.m.?  Workshop will be held in the large and warm Coweta County Fairgrounds/Exhibit Hall located at 275 Pine Road, Newnan.

This is a wonderful opportunity to create a lovely, fragrant holiday wreath to take home.  Workshop materials include fresh boughs from fir trees, which will be used to fill a 20-inch wreath frame. Enjoy a morning of Christmas carols and festive treats to help everyone get into the holiday spirit.   Attendees are encouraged to bring unusual greens, cones, fruits, assorted decorations, ribbon and/or your favorite ornaments to include on your wreath. Attendees will need to bring gloves to wear, scissors, hand pruners, apron and/or work shirt.

Reservations are required; workshop is limited to 40 guests.  Fee for the workshop is $40 per person.  Please make checks payable to Coweta County Extension 4-H, mail or drop off your registration to the Coweta County Extension office located at 255 Pine Road, Newnan, Georgia 30263 by 12N on November 27th.  For questions, please call 770.254.2620 or email uge2077@uga.edu

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 are available online and at the Coweta County Extension located at 255 Pine Road, Newnan and at each 12th grade high school counselor’s office. 

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.

Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers' Backyard Association

Save the date for the first BYA meeting of 2018! Details to follow....

When: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.

Where: Coweta County Extension Office, 255 Pine Road, Newnan, GA

Contact: uge2077@uga.edu 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.  Please call the Extension Office at (770) 254-2620 for reservations and to register for door prizes. 

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!

 

 

 

Happening Now

Suspension of Poultry Assembly in GA is Rescinded Effective Immediately

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.

ACTION:

 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:

www.agr.georgia.gov

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian-influenza-disease/birdbiosecurity

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 Are Back in Florida

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

https://www.nal.usda.gov/exhibits/speccoll/exhibits/show/stop-screwworms--selections-fr/introduction

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. 

Coweta County Under Level 2 Drought Response

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.

Highlights

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.

Exemptions  

  • 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
  • Hydroseeding
  • 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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ANR Staff Listing
Stephanie Butcher Administration Agriculture & Natural Resources ANR County Extension Agent/Coordinator sar2828@uga.edu 770-254-2620
Karen Mansour Agriculture & Natural Resources ANR Program Assistant karen.mansour@uga.edu 770-254-2620
Rebekah Bearden Support County Extension Secretary rllong@uga.edu 770-254-2620
Pam Burkey Support County Extension Secretary pjburkey@uga.edu 770-254-2620