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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
  • Farmer of the Year link Monroe County cattleman will represent Georgia in best southern farmer contest. By Sharon Dowdy | Published: 3/22/2018
  • Water Conservation link Fixing leaks is only the first step to conserving water around the house. By Sharon Dowdy, Merritt Melancon | Published: 3/21/2018
  • 4-H Vet Lab Day link Topics include how to examine animal viruses and using a calving simulator to properly deliver a calf. By Sharon Dowdy, Merritt Melancon, Clint Thompson | Published: 3/20/2018
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Upcoming Events
  • Mar 26 Vermicomposting Class Are you interested in composting but don't have the space for an outdoor compost bin? During this class we will discuss vermicomposting (composting with worms). Vermicomposting is a great option for individuals who have limited outdoor space but are wanting to compost food scraps.Guest speaker is Suki Janssen, with Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department. Suki is the co-creator of the Georgia Master Composter program and is an Athens Area Master Gardener. Winterville, GA - (29.0 Miles)
  • Mar 28 Dairy Media Workshop A workshop for Dairy Producers in Morgan and Surrounding Counties on handling inquiries about your dairy from media sources will be held on Wednesday, March 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with lunch provided. Topics to be discussed will include: Helpful tips and techniques when sharing your farm story with the media and preventing misinformation This meeting is sponsored by Georgia Milk Producers RSVP: by noon on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 for an accurate meal count. (706) 342-2214 Madison, GA - (52.0 Miles)
  • Mar 29 Cover Crop Workshop Come and see how commonly used cover crops can improve your operation! Thursday, March 29, 2018, 9:00 am at Iron Horse Farm, 1060 Old Watson Springs Road, Watkinsville, GA Learn about: Cover Crop for Row Crop Production; Cover Crop for Grazing; Cover Crop Termination and Weed Management. See Field Demonstrations of: Planting date, varieties, crop mixtures, radish varieties, oat varieties. One hour of private and Category 21 Commercial Pesticide CEUs have been approved. Lunch will be provided. Cost: $5.00 for registration. Call the UGA Oglethorpe County Extension Office, 706-743-8341. Deadline: March 26, 2018 This Meeting is sponsored by Pennington, Athens Seed Co, Southeast AgriSeeds. Watkinsville, GA - (38.0 Miles)
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