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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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  • Fall Transplanting link Relocating plants from one spot to another can lead to a whole new landscape. By Paul Pugliese | Published: 9/20/2018
  • Fragrant Garden link Some plants can bring amazing fragrances to home landscapes, UGA agent says. By Josh Fuder | Published: 9/20/2018
  • Soil Mixes link UGA expert says good vegetables begin with good soil. By Josh Fuder | Published: 9/20/2018
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Upcoming Events
  • Sep 25 NE District Cloverleaf Conference - Wahsega (Grades 4 - 6) Grades 4 - 6 will attend classes taught by older 4-H'ers while enjoying Wahsega 4-H Center! Dahlonega, GA - (77.0 Miles)
  • Oct 2 NE District Cloverleaf Conference at Rock Eagle (Grades 4 - 6) 4-H'ers in grades 4 - 6 will enjoy classes taught by older 4-H members at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Eatonton, GA - (63.0 Miles)
  • Oct 9 - Oct 10 ServSafe Manager Course This training program certifies food handlers in restaurants, school, hospital and nursing home cafeterias, and other food service businesses to prevent causing or spreading foodborne illness. The ServSafe® Program is a recognized food safety sanitation course developed by The Educational Foundation of The National Restaurant Association. For more information visit the ServSafe® program website. Elberton, GA
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