UGA Extension Office

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Agriculture in Dawson County

While Dawson County has one of the fastest growing populations in Georgia, we should not forget that our rural heritage, strength and diversity is what draws many people to live in Dawson County.

Agriculture has been, is and will continue to be an important sector of the economic base of Dawson County. In 2009, the gross value of agricultural products produced in Dawson County was $66,000,000. Agricultural production also creates an economic positive ripple effect. It is estimated each dollar of agricultural production generates seven dollars in economy. (For example: farm supply sales, trucking and labor.) It should be noted a high percent of Dawson County's tax digest is from agriculture.

Poultry is still the foundation of Dawson County’s agriculture. With nearly 200 poultry houses and new ones being built yearly, Dawson County is one of the largest poultry producing counties in Georgia. The modern poultry farm requires an initial average investment of $200,000 per house. The poultry industry provides jobs on and off the farm.

Livestock such as beef cattle, horses, swine and sheep all add to our agricultural base. The number of horses has increased greatly in recent years. It is estimated the number of horses to be around 1,000 and cattle over 3,500. With horse numbers increasing and the cattle population high, boarding facilities and feed stores have added to our local economy.

The Commercial Green Industry is another important and growing component of Dawson County’s agriculture. As the number of homeowners has increased in our county so has the demands for ornamentals and bedding plants. This is evidenced by the increasing number of greenhouses and garden centers in Dawson County.

Other Agricultural Productions add even more the diversity of Dawson County agriculture: corn, hay, vegetables and sheep. Dawson County is a leading county in the production of pumpkins.

Tourist visiting Dawson County farms have had a tremendous positive impact on our local economy. An example is Burt’s Pumpkin Farm where nearly 200,000 people visit each year. In the past few years, Uncle Shucks Corn Maze, Buck's Corn Maze and Bradley's Pumpkin Patch have added to the list of agritourism.

The beauty of Dawson County is valued by all of us. Farmers love and depend on the land for their livelihood and thus are good stewards of the environment. By working together in planning for the future, agriculture, residential and industrial growth can be enjoyed by future generations of Dawson County citizens.

The Extension’s role as it relates to agriculture is taking unbiased research based knowledge and providing it to citizens. This is done by office phone calls, educational programs, laboratory test, farm visits, mass media or whatever means to get the needed information to our citizens.

The Dawson County Cooperative Extension of the University of Georgia is truly helping citizens in learning for life.


Extension News
  • PlantTape Technology link All parts of onion production are being evaluated, including fertilizer and herbicide applications. By Clint Thompson | Published: 12/5/2017
  • Peach Crop link Georgia's peach crop requires a number of chill hours to produce each year. By Clint Thompson, Clint Thompson | Published: 11/27/2017
  • Satsumas link There are currently 43,000 commercial citrus trees planted in Georgia, and the majority of them are satsumas. By Clint Thompson, Clint Thompson, Julie Jernigan | Published: 11/2/2017
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Extension News
  • Golden Berry link Berries come in yellow, too, thanks to native hollies like possumhaw and winterberry. By Norman Winter | Published: 12/7/2017
  • Roadside Show link GDOT flower plantings make roadsides beautiful and can grow in home gardens, too. By Norman Winter, Norman Winter | Published: 11/29/2017
  • Decorating with Plants link Decorating with live plants can help create a verdant feeling this holiday. By Norman Winter, Norman Winter, Sage Barnard | Published: 11/24/2017
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Georgia Private Pesticide Applicators Exam

The Georgia Private Pesticide Applicator Exam may be completed online. Click here to access the Exam link  Please ensure you have access to a working printer before you begin the exam to print the Private Pesticide Applicators License Application.

Click on the pesticides video link below for the testing video to acquire your Private Pesticide License.

Pesticide Training Video 

Please print and complete both forms to ensure you have all documents needed to obtain your license. After all paperwork is completed bring all documents by the Extension office to complete the process. If you have questions, please call our office at 706-265-2442.


Extension Services Available 

Many services are available through the UGA County Extension Office are free with the exception of certain laboratory charges.

Services Include:

  • Educational programs on various topics related to agriculture and natural resources.
  • Laboratory Services include: Soil testing, water testing, analysis of fertilizers, testing of hay and feeds, poultry litter testing, water test for aquaculture, and plant tissue testing.
  • Identification and Control recommendation for weeds, insect pests, and plant diseases.
  • Training and supervision of Master Gardener volunteers.
  • Trouble shooting visits to farms and home landscapes.
  • Educational literature and free publications.
  • Nutrient Management Planning for Poultry Farms and biosecurity for birds.
  • Coordination of local Livestock Association Meetings and events.
  • Training of pesticide applicators.

Extension Publications
  • Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water (C 1016) Homeowners sometimes experience unpleasant odors in their household water. In many cases, the exact cause of the odor is difficult to determine by water testing; however, this publication provides a few general recommendations for treating some common causes of household water odors.
  • Native Plants for Georgia Part I: Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines (B 987) This publication focuses on native trees, shrubs and woody vines for Georgia. It is not our intent to describe all native species — just those available in the nursery trade and those that the authors feel have potential for nursery production and landscape use. Rare or endangered species are not described. Information on each plant is provided according to the following categories: Common Name(s)/Botanical Name/Family, Characteristics, Landscape Uses, Size, Zones and Habitat.
  • Conversion Tables, Formulas and Suggested Guidelines for Horticultural Use (B 931) Pesticide and fertilizer recommendations are often made on a pounds per acre and tons per acre basis. While these may be applicable to field production of many crops, orchardists, nurserymen and greenhouse operators often must convert these recommendations to smaller areas, such as row feet, square feet, or even per tree or per pot. Thus pints, cups, ounces, tablespoons and teaspoons are the common units of measure. The conversion is frequently complicated by metric units of measure. This publication is designed to aid growers in making these calculations and conversions, and also provides other data useful in the management, planning and operation of horticultural enterprises.
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Contact Us: 

For more information on agriculture in Dawson County contact the Dawson County Extension office at (706) 265-2442 or email clarkmac@uga.edu or uge1085@uga.edu.