UGA Extension Office

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Agriculture & Natural Resources

For over 100 years, UGA Cooperative Extension has been the trusted source of education, innovation and information for Georgia's agricultural industry. From the latest crop studies to the best land stewardship recommendations to identifying high-performing plants for landscapes throughout the state, we have the research-based information Georgia producers, landscape professionals, and homeowners need. Please consider us your local liaison to the experts at University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. We can provide you with research-based answers and information in the following areas:

Backyard Chicken Flocks

Agriculture 

Pest Control

Fruits

Vegetable Gardens

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Greener Pastures

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Extension News
  • Christmas Trees link UGA Extension offers safety tips on Christmas tree management. By Michelle M. Lewis | Published: 12/8/2017
  • Golden Berry link Berries come in yellow, too, thanks to native hollies like possumhaw and winterberry. By Michelle M. Lewis, Norman Winter | Published: 12/7/2017
  • PlantTape Technology link All parts of onion production are being evaluated, including fertilizer and herbicide applications. By Michelle M. Lewis, Norman Winter, Clint Thompson | Published: 12/5/2017
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Extension Publications
  • Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water (C 1016) Homeowners sometimes experience unpleasant odors in their household water. In many cases, the exact cause of the odor is difficult to determine by water testing; however, this publication provides a few general recommendations for treating some common causes of household water odors.
  • Native Plants for Georgia Part I: Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines (B 987) This publication focuses on native trees, shrubs and woody vines for Georgia. It is not our intent to describe all native species — just those available in the nursery trade and those that the authors feel have potential for nursery production and landscape use. Rare or endangered species are not described. Information on each plant is provided according to the following categories: Common Name(s)/Botanical Name/Family, Characteristics, Landscape Uses, Size, Zones and Habitat.
  • Conversion Tables, Formulas and Suggested Guidelines for Horticultural Use (B 931) Pesticide and fertilizer recommendations are often made on a pounds per acre and tons per acre basis. While these may be applicable to field production of many crops, orchardists, nurserymen and greenhouse operators often must convert these recommendations to smaller areas, such as row feet, square feet, or even per tree or per pot. Thus pints, cups, ounces, tablespoons and teaspoons are the common units of measure. The conversion is frequently complicated by metric units of measure. This publication is designed to aid growers in making these calculations and conversions, and also provides other data useful in the management, planning and operation of horticultural enterprises.
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Upcoming Events
  • Dec 12 Becoming Independently Healthy Learn how to eat better and move more through this hands-on nutrition and low impact exercise class. Madison, GA - (60.0 Miles)
  • Dec 19 Small and Beginning Farmer Workshop UGA Extension is partnering with Athens Land Trust to provide a program for new and small scale farmers to learn what services and assistance is available to make their farms profitable. The program will include representatives from: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Farm Service Agency (FSA) UGA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) UGA Extension Athens Land Trust To register, please call(706)743-8341 by Dec. 15 Crawford, GA - (62.0 Miles)
  • Jan 6, 2018 - Jan 8, 2018 Counselor Selection Weekend Georgia 4-H'ers try out at Rock Eagle 4-H Center for a coveted summer counselor position at one of Georgia's five 4-H centers. Eatonton, GA - (78.0 Miles)
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Below are some of UGA Extension's most broadly useful resources for those involved in agriculture on the farm, in schools, and around the home.

Production Agriculture:
 
Statewide Variety Testing Which varieties should you plant? The variety testing team does the work and research for farmers.
 
UGA Weather Network Reliable weather information for agricultural and environmental applications, including soil temperature, rainfall, wind speed, and more.
 
Pesticide Safety Education Everything you need to achieve certification and maintain the knowledge to safely and effectively make use of restricted-use and all other types of pesticides.
Sustainable Agriculture A collection of resources for those interested in production and marketing practices that are profitable, environmentally sound, and that improve the quality of life for farmers, farm workers, and the community.
Ag Budgets and Economics Resources for production economics, farm management, marketing, situation and outlook, risk management, financial management, farm policy, labor, and taxation.
 
Farmgate Value Report Annual county-level reports documenting the value of all food and fiber commodities grown in the state.
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Home & Garden:
 
Soil Testing Ensure that your soil is productive! Get your soil tested to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth.
 
Pest Management Recommendations for pest control around homes, on pets, in the home garden, and more.
 
Household Water Quality Water quality has an immediate and a prolonged effect on the health of your household. This publication series contains basic information about home water quality and treatment.
 
Home Garden Publication Series Topics include garden planning, soil preparation, weed control, pollination, disease and insect control, harvesting, and preserving.
Georgia Green Industry Professional Development The UGA Center for Urban Agriculture offers professional training and certifications for the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional, Georgia Certified Plant Professional exam and Super Crew employee training series.
Schools:
Community and School Gardens This Community and School Gardens blog is designed to help community and school gardeners succeed by connecting them to UGA Extension and other research-based resources.
Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources Whether you'd like to help protect the environment, teach your students how to avoid chronic diseases with healthy food and physical activity, or train food handlers in your cafeteria, University of Georgia Extension can help.
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