Agriculture & Natural Resources
Our Agriculture and Natural Resources programs provide research-based information, educational programming and resources to homeowners and commercial clientele in areas of landscape maintenance, pest control, wildlife control, vegetable and fruit production, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, turf-grass and alternative agriculture production.
Soil samples can be tested to help clientele develop and maintain a more productive soil by providing information on nutrient availability and soil pH. Water samples can also be tested for safety purposes as well. Visitors can bring samples of plants, weeds or insects for identification and advice.
Cost: $6.00 each
Samples are submitted to the UGA lab. Results take 7 to 14 days. Developing and maintaining productive soil begins with soil testing. Test results are used to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth of lawn, garden, and other types of plants.
Plant Disease Diagnostics
To promote the sustainability of Georgia agriculture, county extension offices use the resources of the Commercial and Homeowner Plant Disease IPM Clinics. These labs, maintained by the extension plant pathology unit, provide diagnostic information to educate growers concerning environmentally sound and economically viable plant production programs.
Cost: No charge
Identification of insects and closely related arthropods is also available through your county extension office. These labs, maintained by the extension entomology unit, provide identification of insects found in all plant and animal production systems, stored products pest, structural insects, and those associated with humans and companion animals.
Cost: No charge
With the expertise of our county agriculture agent and the University of Georgia specialists at our fingertips, we have the capability of answering your plant questions.
How and in what ways water is used often depends upon its quality. Agriculture is the number one water user, but many municipalities and industries are also heavy users. In addition to human needs, all plants and animals require fresh, safe water to survive. For these reasons, regular testing of water is important. Testing can also help you identify and solve any problems you might have with your water. Should you have your water tested?
Plant Tissue Analysis, Nematode Analysis, Feeds/Silages/Hay, Cotton Petioles, Artificial Greenhouse/Nursery Mixes, Agricultural Waste and By-Products, Pesticide Residue and Hazardous Waste, & Corn Aflatoxin Analysis
For publications relating to subject areas like horticulture or animal and dairy science, please visit our UGA Extension Publications page and type in a keyword ('tomatoes', 'cattle'....) in the 'Search' box.
Below are some of UGA Extension's most broadly useful resources for those involved in agriculture on the farm, in schools, and around the home.