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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
  • Blueberry Month link Originally called 'star berries,' blueberries have a five-pointed star on one end. By Barbara Worley | Published: 7/18/2018
  • New Southwest District Director link Scarrow to replace Tim Varnedore, who is retiring July 31. By Clint Thompson | Published: 7/17/2018
  • Garden Promotion link Events bring people into community gardens and encourage involvement. By Becky Griffin | Published: 7/16/2018
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Upcoming Events
  • Jul 24 Water Bath Canning: A hands-on learning experience Learn to can your own fresh foods with no additives or artificial preservatives in this unique, hands-on water bath canning workshop. As part of our lesson, we'll be preparing and canning pepper jelly to take home. You don't even need to have a garden to benefit––you can do this at home by purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables from the local Farmers Market. This workshop is great for the seasoned canner and beginners. $40 includes hands-on instruction, recipes, and a jar of homemade pepper jelly. Madison, GA - (52.0 Miles)
  • Jul 26 CPR/First Aid Training for Child Care Providers The Heartsaver CPR/First Aid Course is designed to meet the regulatory requirements for child care workers in all 50 United States. It teaches child care providers and others to respond to and manage illnesses and injuries in an infant, child or adult in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. Critical skills to respond to and manage an emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. As well as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies will also be covered. Watkinsville, GA - (43.0 Miles)
  • Aug 2 Diabetes: What Everyone Should Know! Diabetes occurs when the body's cells cannot use food for energy which causes high blood glucose (sugar). A hormone called insulin is either lacking or it cannot be used properly to control blood glucose. Come learn more about the disease and how to control it. Elberton, GA
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