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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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  • Sod Prices link Georgia turfgrass growers say the price of sod should remain steady this year. By Sharon Dowdy | Published: 1/18/2018
  • Avian Flu Alert link Backyard chickens at risk as avian flu detected in wild duck in south Georgia. By Sharon Dowdy, Sharon Dowdy, Merritt Melancon | Published: 1/17/2018
  • Pollinator Habitats link Plant trees for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. By Sharon Dowdy, Sharon Dowdy, Merritt Melancon, Paul Pugliese, Elizabeth Benton | Published: 12/15/2017
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Upcoming Events
  • Jan 20 Small Farm Business Training -- Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program Part 1 UGA Extension and partners developed the Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program to provide a comprehensive training program for beginning farmers. Small Farm Business Training is one of three parts in this program. Through this 2-day class (Saturday, January 20 and Saturday, January 27, 2018), trainers from the UGA Small Business Development Center will cover the following topics: Preparing a Business Plan Financial Feasibility Using Balance Sheets Accrual Income Risk Management Licensing and Certifications Marketing Feasibility Selling Your Products $50 registration fee includes handbook, lunch, and other program materials. Participants who complete the program and post-training evaluation will receive a certificate. Cumming, GA - (75.0 Miles)
  • Jan 31 Athens Area Landscaper Irrigation Training This green industry training is intended for landscape and nursery professionals. Training topics include irrigation components, irrigation watering principles, proper irrigation scheduling, and common irrigation system repairs. Pre-registration is required $10 registration includes lunch and refreshments Pesticide Credits have been applied for in categories 21, 24 and private Athens, GA - (35.0 Miles)
  • Jan 31 - Feb 1 ServSafe 2-day Training University of Georgia Cooperative Extension/Henry County provides the nationally recognized and accredited ServSafe® training for food service professionals from the National Restaurant Association. Successful completion of the exam results in certification from NRAEF. The fee of $140 includes course book, educational materials, instruction, exam and refreshments. Pre-registration required, please contact our office. McDonough, GA - (84.0 Miles)
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