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What Is UGA Extension?

UGA Extension is a county, state and federal funded organization supported by specialists in the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

History of Extension 

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which established Land Grant Colleges throughout the nation. Each land grant institution would have a College of Agriculture that must teach classes, serve the public and perform research. In 1914, Senator Hoke Smith from Georgia and Representative Ashbury Lever from South Carolina presented the Smith –Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service. The Act was passed in Congress and signed into law by the President. This legislature required that the Cooperative Extension Service, as the service arm of the land grant institutions in each state, provide information in agriculture & natural resources, family & consumer sciences, and 4-H & youth development.

Scope of Extension 

Did you know that every county in Georgia has an Extension service, providing unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, youth and families? Take a look at our Extension diagram, which provides a visual representation of the scope of Cooperative Extension in the United States.


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Extension News
  • Pecan Course link Daylong workshop will cover variety selection, pest management, irrigation and fertilization. By Bryce Ethridge | Published: 3/25/2019
  • Mosquito-borne Virus link Use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants to protect yourself. By Elmer Gray | Published: 3/25/2019
  • Spring Ant Control link Labels and patience are the keys to safe, effective fire ant control. By Merritt Melancon | Published: 3/18/2019
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Upcoming Events
  • Apr 1 Fats in the Weight Control Diet: Walk-A-Weigh Series Lesson 5 Learn how to change your eating and physical activity habits to lose weight and control or reduce risk for chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Each session includes a short presentation, a taste test of a low calorie recipe and time to exercise. Waynesboro, GA - (85.0 Miles)
  • Apr 3 Free Gardening Class Series: Vegetable Gardening Please join us for April’s class on Vegetable Gardening! This class is a part of Athens-Clarke County Extension's 2019 Free Gardening Class Series. It will include an informative presentation on topics including how to maintain and manage your vegetable garden as well as select the right seasonal veggies so that your garden thrives. Gardeners of all experience levels are welcome. Athens, GA - (38.0 Miles)
  • Apr 6 - Apr 7 Georgia 4-H Senior Conference (Grades 9 - 12) Guest speakers, Share Fair, and a semi-formal dance at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Eatonton, GA - (63.0 Miles)
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