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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
  • National Honor link Mason McClintock receives $5,000 scholarship and will serve as 4-H’s national youth spokesperson for civic engagement. By Arch D. Smith II | Published: 1/17/2019
  • VITA Program link Free tax help available to eldery, disabled and low-income Georgians. By Ellen Hallman | Published: 1/17/2019
  • Wood Ash link UGA specialist says that, used sparingly, wood ash can help establish a healthy pH level in garden soil. By Sharon Dowdy | Published: 1/17/2019
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Upcoming Events
  • Jan 29 Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop Are you unsure when to prune your fruit trees? Is you fruit trees not producing fruit? We’ve got you covered! UGA Extension will host a Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Morgan County Extension Office. Lucy Ray, Morgan County Extension Agent & Dr. Bob Westerfield, UGA Horticulture Consumer Fruits & Vegetable Specialist will present the program. Topics of discussion during the workshop will include best times to prune your plants, best pruning techniques, equipment handling and other important management techniques. We encourage you to attend & bring any questions you may have on fruit tree management! Lunch will be provided by Crowes BBQ. For more information or if you would like to attend please call the Morgan County Extension Office at 706-342-2214 by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 28, 2019 to RSVP. Note: 1 hour private or commercial pesticide credit will be available for those in attendance. Madison, GA - (52.0 Miles)
  • Jan 30 - Jan 31 ServSafe® Manager Certification Training ServSafe® leads the way in providing the restaurant and foodservice industry with an up-to-date, comprehensive food safety training and certification program. Deadline to register: January 24, 2019 Course Fee: $140 Per person: includes course book, exam booklet, 16 hours instruction, & test administration. Elberton, GA
  • Feb 4 You Can Succeed at Weight Loss: Walk A Weigh Series Lesson 1 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)
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