UGA Extension Office

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent
Ben Cantrell Agriculture & Natural Resources County Extension Agent - ANR benjamin.cantrell@uga.edu 912-754-8040

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.


Testing Services

Soil Tests

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

Cost: Varies

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.

Insect Identification

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.

Plant Identification

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.

Water Testing

Cost: Varies

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?

Other Services

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

Publications

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.

Production Agriculture:
 
Statewide Variety Testing Which varieties should you plant? The variety testing team does the work and research for farmers.
 
UGA Weather Network Reliable weather information for agricultural and environmental applications, including soil temperature, rainfall, wind speed, and more.
 
Pesticide Safety Education Everything you need to achieve certification and maintain the knowledge to safely and effectively make use of restricted-use and all other types of pesticides.
Sustainable Agriculture A collection of resources for those interested in production and marketing practices that are profitable, environmentally sound, and that improve the quality of life for farmers, farm workers, and the community.
Ag Budgets and Economics Resources for production economics, farm management, marketing, situation and outlook, risk management, financial management, farm policy, labor, and taxation.
 
Farmgate Value Report Annual county-level reports documenting the value of all food and fiber commodities grown in the state.
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Home & Garden:
 
Soil Testing Ensure that your soil is productive! Get your soil tested to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth.
 
Pest Management Recommendations for pest control around homes, on pets, in the home garden, and more.
 
Household Water Quality Water quality has an immediate and a prolonged effect on the health of your household. This publication series contains basic information about home water quality and treatment.
 
Home Garden Publication Series Topics include garden planning, soil preparation, weed control, pollination, disease and insect control, harvesting, and preserving.
Georgia Green Industry Professional Development The UGA Center for Urban Agriculture offers professional training and certifications for the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional, Georgia Certified Plant Professional exam and Super Crew employee training series.
Schools:
Community and School Gardens This Community and School Gardens blog is designed to help community and school gardeners succeed by connecting them to UGA Extension and other research-based resources.
Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources Whether you'd like to help protect the environment, teach your students how to avoid chronic diseases with healthy food and physical activity, or train food handlers in your cafeteria, University of Georgia Extension can help.