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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.

Dates Set for Rabies Clinics

Drs. Jay and Betsy Hendley, Animal Hospital of Grodon County and Gordon County 4-H will, once again, host Rabies Clinics on Saturday, May 5 and May 12, 2018

May 5, 2018 - East Side of County - Locations and Times


May 12, 2018 - West Side of County - Locations and Times

Cooking for a Lifetime
Cancer Prevention Cooking School

What is a portion size of meat, chicken, or fish?

What are the recommendations for physical activity for adults for cancer prevention?

What is the best type of diet to help prevent cancer?

In this class you will learn:

  • How to reduce your risk of developing cancer by acquiring good eating habits and making healthier food choices.
  • Information regarding breast, cervical and colorectal cancer prevention, including the latest screening guidelines.
  • Resources to receive cancer screenings within your community.

For date, time and location of a school being conducted near you, click here.

New Tax Law Workshop:

Carroll County Extension office
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (lunch included)
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 

Georgia farmers and landowners can learn more about how the new tax law affects them individually and their farming operation at tax bill workshops from University of Georgia Extension. After the training, farmers will be better equipped to navigate the new tax provisions. The workshop will highlight estate tax changes, individual tax changes and business tax changes in the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” The workshop will also include a review of schedule F and how to report income as well as some tax planning techniques. This is also appropriate for tax preparers and lenders so please advertise to them s well!

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Georgia Beef School

Beef School will be held June 6 through 8, 2018.  We will have excellent instructors and speakers lined up who will cover all the basics of owning, raising, and showing a steer or heifer.  Some of the topics include making beds, rinsing, hair care and washing; equipment care, what to take to a show, fitting and clipping, judging, showmanship, cattle selection, team events and graduation!

Please be sure that both the student and calf is properly prepared to attend Beef School.  In order to avoid safety issues with students and calves, calves should be completely halter-trained for the students to handle on their own.  Green broke calves and inexperienced students make a very dangerous combination.  This may result in problems for the instructors, disruption in the classes and danger and headache for all involved.

All applications must be signed by the County Agent involved.  All participants and Teen Leaders must sign, and therefore agree, to abide by the Beef School Code of Conduct and the rules of Beef School.

Participation Fee is $225.00 (includes lodging for two nights, all meals, instruction fees, tee shirt, and board for animal)

Registration forms are due to County Agent no later than Friday, April 27, 2018.  Fees are due at the time of submitting application.  Please make all checks payable to North Region FFA.

We are inviting any beef exhibitors who feel they know the basics, but still want to work on their fitting, clipping, showmanship skills and would like to work with Beef School participants, to apply as a Teen Leader.  Teen Leaders will assist instructors and leaders in everyday activities but also have the opportunity to be involved with classes that will provide knowledge for all those at the beginning level to the most advanced.

Teen Leader and Adult Fees are $125.00 (includes lodging and all meals;  Teen Leaders are not allowed to bring a calf)


2018 Georgia 4-H Watermelon Growing Contest

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, along with the Georgia Watermelon Association, are sponsoring this year’s 4-H Watermelon Growing Contest. The state winner will receive $100. The second and third place winners will receive $50 and $25, respectively.  The first 50 counties to certify a winner will receive a Georgia 4-H Watermelon Contest T-shirt for the top watermelon grower in their county. If 50 counties do not submit entries, the first 50 entries will receive t-shirts.

Final weights must be registered by August 2nd. County agents must use event registration to register 4-H’ers and enter watermelon weight. The heaviest watermelon will then be named and awards determined. Each 4-H’er must grow his or her own watermelon 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 watermelon.

NOTE: Each 4-H’er can enter only one weight on event registration.

Winners will be announced on National Watermelon Day, Friday, August 3rd.

Any variety of watermelon may be used, but Carolina Cross is a highly recommended variety.  Seeds are available at, but may be available locally, also. You will need as much time as possible for your watermelon to grow to its full size so you may want to start your seeds indoors and transfer outside after the last frost.

You may refer to the Watermelon Growing Contest website for growing tips.  You may also contact George Boyhan, the Extension Specialist for growing tips at or (706)-231-4137.

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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