UGA Extension Office

Agriculture & Natural Resources



Our mission is to extend lifelong learning to Georgia citizens through unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, youth and families.  Greg Pittman, Jackson County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources can answer questions, help solve issues, and make recommendations to homeowners and farmers.


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  • Visit us on Facebook!  Check out our Jackson County Agriculture Facebook page and share with your friends.  We will be featuring county farms on our Facebook and web page. Please submit your pictures of crops, cattle, poultry, horses, swine, forage fields, etc... to
  • Be sure to stay current with livestock shows.  For up to date listings of shows throughout the state visit Georgia 4-H Livestock Calendar.
  • Georgia Response Plan for Avian Influenza-pdf file
  • Keep Your Backyard Flock Safe from Avian Flu

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More than 50 forage species can be grown in Georgia. This count includes a wide variety of both annual (live for one season) and perennial (live for multiple seasons) grasses and legumes. To obtain more information about forages best suited for your area and feeding system, visit our forage section.

Stressful growing conditions often result in high concentrations of nitrates in plant tissue. When feeding animal forages containing toxic levels of nitrates, poor productivity or death may occur. This publication summarizes the effect that high nitrates have on the animal, presents the conditions to expect in toxic concentrations of nitrates, and outlines strategies that could prevent or reduce the risk of nitrate toxicity.

The University of Georgia's Feed and Environmental Water Lab (FEW) performs analysis of feeds, forages, foods, feed ingredients, natural waters and industrial wastewater testing. There is no technique for assessing the nutritional value of your forage in a pasture or lot of hay or silage strictly on the basis of feel, texture, smell or appearance. The nutritional value of your forage can only be evaluated by obtaining a representative sample of the forage and subjecting that sample to analysis in a qualified laboratory. Call our office for more information on these test and cost. (706) 367-6344.


Private Pesticide License 

Are you interested in getting your Private Pesticide License?  We can assist you!  Just follow the easy instructions with the link provided. 

Poultry: Avian Flu Information, A. Bruce Webster, Ph.D., UGA Department of Poultry Science 


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Upcoming Events
  • 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 - (27.0 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 - (55.0 Miles)
  • Jan 10, 2018 - Jan 11, 2018 ServSafe Manager Certification Training and Exam UGA Rockdale County Extension provides the Nationally recognized and accredited ServSafe® training for food service managers from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). Upon successful completion of the ServSafe® examination, the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager certificate will be issued by the NRAEF. The training is from 8:45am-3:30pm, both days. $140.00 Conyers, GA - (43.0 Miles)
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Extension News
  • Deer Rut link Deer breeding time is determined in part by shorter days. By Michael Anthony Foster | Published: 12/12/2017
  • Christmas Trees link UGA Extension offers safety tips on Christmas tree management. By Michael Anthony Foster, Michelle M. Lewis | Published: 12/8/2017
  • Golden Berry link Berries come in yellow, too, thanks to native hollies like possumhaw and winterberry. By Michael Anthony Foster, Michelle M. Lewis, Norman Winter | Published: 12/7/2017
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