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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
  • Scouting link The life cycles of some insect pests are so short that missing a week of scouting can lead to increased pests and damaged crops. By Becky Griffin | Published: 5/23/2018
  • Pepper Weevils link Seventy percent of the winter peppers imported into the US are grown in Mexico, where weevils originate. By Becky Griffin, Clint Thompson | Published: 5/22/2018
  • Yoga Kids link Almost 100 Georgia 4-H agents and assistants are now trained to teach Yoga for Kids. By Becky Griffin, Clint Thompson, Merritt Melancon | Published: 5/23/2018
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Upcoming Events
  • Jun 14 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 peach butter 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 peach butter. Madison, GA - (52.0 Miles)
  • Jun 19 Fire Ant Management Workshop for Pastures & Hayfields Fire ants can be a painful nuisance in pastures and hayfields. In this 2-hour workshop, UGA Extension Agent Paula Burke will show you how to identify fire ants, what treatment options effectively control them, and when and how to apply fire ant pesticide products. Pesticide applicator recertification credits: 2-hours for Commercial category 21 or 24; 1-hour for Private applicator license Cumming, GA - (75.0 Miles)
  • 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)
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