Welcome to Jackson County Extension/4-H
Our mission is to extend lifelong learning to Georgia citizens through unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, youth and families.
UGA Cooperative Extension was founded in 1914 by the federal Smith-Lever Act. It’s a unique partnership between UGA, county governments and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension System of land-grant universities. Today, UGA Extension serves more than 2.6 million Georgians annually through a network of specialists, agents and staff by providing unbiased, research-based information driven by local needs and clientele input. From publications to in-person workshops and events, Extension is ready to meet the needs of the state and its communities.
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension faculty and staff are tackling some of the state's and world’s grand challenges - from combating diseases and securing a safe food supply to strengthening families, communities and economic growth. We deliver programs through three main program areas:
What We Do
Reliable, Free Information
For over 100 years, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has provided free, reliable, research-based information based on latest the scientific research in language that anyone can understand.
Our experts deliver information via:
- programs and workshops,
- field days,
- blogs, newsletters and mass media,
- phone call and in-person consultations, and
- print and online publications.
Classes, Workshops and Club Meetings
UGA Extension offers a wealth of personalized services like workshops, classes, consultation, certifications, camps and educator resources. So when our specialists and agents are not in the office, you can find them at:
- farms, businesses and homes conducting on-site visits upon request,
- local and statewide events giving presentations and answering questions,
- schools conducting 4-H club meetings and working in teaching gardens.
Greg Pittman grew up on his family's farm in Nicholson, Georgia, where they continue to grow vegetables, beef cattle and hay.
Pittman worked in the poultry industry for 21 years, but has volunteered with agricultural organizations since graduating from high school. When University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offered him a job as the Jackson County Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) agent, he jumped at the opportunity to serve his county as more than just a volunteer. "I have strived to give it my best shot from that day forward," he said. He said the best part about his job is "hearing the words, 'Thank you so much for helping me, and I'll call you again soon.'" Poultry and beef cattle are vital to the economy in Jackson County and, as the ANR agent, Pittman works to ensure those industries are thriving. "I am working to help educate our poultry community on the importance of biosecurity in regards to flock health and sustainability," he said. "I am also providing cattle nutrition and forage programming to assess and meet the needs of our herds." When asked what he thought was most promising about today's agriculture, Pittman said, "witnessing the success of long-time farmers who have managed through challenging times while assuring great opportunities for the next generation of agriculture providers.
Today Pittman serves as the County Extension Coordinator of the Jackson County Extension office, as well as the Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent.