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Agriculture & Natural Resources

Agriculture and Natural Resources Newsletter Available

If you would be interested in receiving the electronic, monthly Gordon County Extension ANR Newsletter, please send our office a message using the Office Contact form at the bottom of this page.

Private Pesticide Licenses

Check Your Expiration Date and Re-Certification Hours                           To Take the Private Pesticide Exam

Commercial Vegetable Workshop

2018 Northwest Georgia Master Cattleman Program

This program will be conducted from September 4 through October 23, 2018; each Tuesday from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

It will take place at Mack Gaston Community Center, 218 N. Fredrick Street, Dalton, Georgia  30721.

Program participants that attend six of the eight sessions will receive a certificate of completion and UGA Master Cattleman Cap.

Participants will be provided a USB thumb drive covering all program topics.

Paid registration before August 17 entitles participants to one free forage sample analysis (sample must be submitted no later than September 11).

Registration is $85 per person and includes a dinner on the final night.

Pre-Registration deadline is August 24, 2018.

Checks can be made payable to Whitfield County Extension.

Class details and coordinator contact informaiton

2018 Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association has graciously agreed to sponsor the 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest again this year. The state winner will receive $100 cash. The second and third place winners will receive $50 and $25. The first 50 counties to certify a winner will receive a Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Contest T-shirt for the winning 4-H’er. If 50 counties do not submit entries, the first 50 entries will receive t-shirts.

Enter pumpkin weight on event registration online by midnight on October 25th. The heaviest pumpkin will then be named and awards determined on the following day, National Pumpkin Day. Each 4-H’er must grow his or her own pumpkin and have it weighed by their County Extension Office to be eligible. Pictures will be required for the top three state awards. Additional photos may be used for other promotional purposes, so please make sure to get a photo of your 4-H’er with their pumpkin.

A procedural change will allow for the top 3 pumpkins in each county to compete for the top prizes. In the past only the top pumpkin from each county was allowed to compete for top prizes.

Any variety of pumpkin may be used, but some of the larger growing types recommended are: Atlantic Giant, Big Max, Big Moon, Prizewinner, and Connecticut Field. You will need at least 120 days to grow the pumpkin to full size. You may refer to the Growing Tips page of the contest website or contact George Boyhan, Extension Specialist,
Please share any media or newspaper coverage that you get on the contest. Good luck and feel free to contact me with any questions.

Additional information can be found at Pumpkin Growing Contest


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.
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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