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Your Cooperative Extension office, a department of Columbus Consolidated Government, provides the Columbus community with many services.

With over 1150 children enrolled in 4-H clubs, we're in 18 schools in Columbus.  4-H also works with over 250 children at Fort Benning. 4-H members highlight each year with a week of summer camp at Rock Eagle.

Our local Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program logged in 2,825 hours of service in Muscogee County for a value of $65,192.20. Those hours were spent monitoring water quality in local streams, teaching children and adults about the environment, home garden visits, and other community service projects.

Our Positive Parenting programs provide parenting support and education to over 700 families in the Columbus area.  We also provide training to 60 professional childcare providers, helping those centers provide quality care and education to many children in Columbus.

Our agents provide classes to individuals and other agencies throughout Columbus. Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program teaches families how to save money on food and how to make really good, inexpensive and quick meal for your family. Family and Consumer Sciences provides classes on living with chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.


Upcoming Events
  • Aug 31 Landscape irrigation systems: components and watering principles This hands-training will provide participants a chance to assemble and troubleshoot a typical landscape irrigation system. Special attention will be given to water scheduling with preemergent herbicides and irrigation for disease control. UGA Center For Urban Ag's Greg Huber will present. CEUs (Cat. 21 & 24) available! To register, call the Muscogee County Extension Office at 706-653-4200. $20 fee (due August 25th) includes lunch and course materials. Columbus, GA - (10.0 Miles)
  • Sep 9 Homeowner Chainsaw Safety Workshop Don't crank up your chainsaw this fall before you learn how to use it safely! This free class will focus on maintaining a chainsaw for safety and efficiency, identifying and solving dangerous problems, and pruning to maintain tree health. Participants will get to observe proper chainsaw use modeled by a certified chainsaw safety instructor. Columbus, GA - (10.0 Miles)
  • Nov 20 Commercial Pesticide Applicators Safety and Exam Review This course offers a review of material in the General Standards and Category 24 Pesticide Applicators Test. Topics covered will include guidelines for acquiring and maintaining a pesticide license, personal and environmental safety, ornamental insect and disease ID, and turfgrass insect and disease ID. Pesticide certification tests will not be offered as a part of this course. Participants who are already licensed applicators are eligible for ISA and Cat. 24 CEUs. Columbus, GA
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Extension News
  • Grazing School 2017 link Advanced grazing school promises to get into the weeds on topics including advanced fencing systems and soil health. By Dennis Hancock | Published: 8/17/2017
  • Brown-eyed Susan link Brown-eyed Susan is native to most of the country and cold hardy from Texas to Minnesota. By Dennis Hancock, Norman Winter | Published: 8/17/2017
  • Drink Water link Unless you are an athlete, sports drinks are not the best choice for staying hydrated. By Dennis Hancock, Norman Winter, Alexis Roberts | Published: 8/17/2017
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