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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
  • Palmer Amaranth Management link Glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth, also called pigweed, can reach heights of 7 to 10 feet. By Clint Thompson | Published: 11/14/2018
  • Extension Vegetable Specialist link Andre da Silva's research focus at UGA-Tifton is with fertilizer and irrigation management in vegetables. By Bryce Ethridge | Published: 11/14/2018
  • 4-H Leadership Endowment link Georgia 4-H alumni, supporters name endowment in honor of Gov. and first lady. By Josh Paine | Published: 11/7/2018
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Upcoming Events
  • Nov 16 Child Passenger Safety This class provides instruction on the importance and proper use of car seats and safety belts for children when riding in vehicles. The class is open to all parents regardless of financial status or residency. However, qualified participants (Burke County resident who is WIC, PeachCare, or Medicaid eligible) will receive a free car seat or booster seat that meets the needs of their child. Please note that there is a two seat per family limit. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Waynesboro, GA - (85.0 Miles)
  • Dec 4 Cooking for a Lifetime- Cancer Prevention Cooking School Learn how to choose and prepare foods to reduce cancer risk and discuss screening recommendations for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers. Enjoy a healthy holiday-themed meal, drawings & door prizes! (Participants who do not have health insurance may qualify for free cancer screenings.) Thomson, GA - (46.0 Miles)
  • Dec 6 Northeast District 4-H Update Update for Northeast District 4-H Personnel. Athens, GA - (35.0 Miles)
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