UGA Extension Office

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Pike County Agricultural needs are serviced by Spalding County AG Agent, Wade Hutcheson.

Contact information for Mr. Hutcheson:  Email: hutch@uga.edu and Phone: 770-467-4225  

Below and on the left tab, you will find some of the most commonly requested information and services that are offered by the Pike County Extension Office.


Extension News
  • Deer Rut link Deer breeding time is determined in part by shorter days. By Michael Anthony Foster | Published: 12/12/2017
  • Holiday Terrariums link Terrariums make quick homemade gifts for last-minute crafters. By Michael Anthony Foster, Christina Conner | Published: 12/13/2017
  • Golden Berry link Berries come in yellow, too, thanks to native hollies like possumhaw and winterberry. By Michael Anthony Foster, Christina Conner, Norman Winter | Published: 12/7/2017
  • PlantTape Technology link All parts of onion production are being evaluated, including fertilizer and herbicide applications. By Michael Anthony Foster, Christina Conner, Norman Winter, Clint Thompson | Published: 12/5/2017
  • Roadside Show link GDOT flower plantings make roadsides beautiful and can grow in home gardens, too. By Michael Anthony Foster, Christina Conner, Norman Winter, Clint Thompson, Norman Winter | Published: 11/29/2017
  • Corn Crop link Corn farmers reported yields that were between 8 and 12 percent below average. By Michael Anthony Foster, Christina Conner, Norman Winter, Clint Thompson, Norman Winter, Julie Jernigan | Published: 11/29/2017
  • Pecans For Christmas link Nut-producing trees are the gifts that keep on giving. By Michael Anthony Foster, Christina Conner, Norman Winter, Clint Thompson, Norman Winter, Julie Jernigan, Paul Pugliese | Published: 11/27/2017
  • Peach Crop link Georgia's peach crop requires a number of chill hours to produce each year. By Michael Anthony Foster, Christina Conner, Norman Winter, Clint Thompson, Norman Winter, Julie Jernigan, Paul Pugliese, Clint Thompson | Published: 11/27/2017
  • Decorating with Plants link Decorating with live plants can help create a verdant feeling this holiday. By Michael Anthony Foster, Christina Conner, Norman Winter, Clint Thompson, Norman Winter, Julie Jernigan, Paul Pugliese, Clint Thompson, Sage Barnard | Published: 11/24/2017
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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 - (86.0 Miles)
  • Jan 20, 2018 Small Farm Business Training -- Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program Part 1 UGA Extension and partners developed the Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program to provide a comprehensive training program for beginning farmers. Small Farm Business Training is one of three parts in this program. Through this 2-day class (Saturday, January 20 and Saturday, January 27, 2018), trainers from the UGA Small Business Development Center will cover the following topics: Preparing a Business Plan Financial Feasibility Using Balance Sheets Accrual Income Risk Management Licensing and Certifications Marketing Feasibility Selling Your Products $50 registration fee includes handbook, lunch, and other program materials. Participants who complete the program and post-training evaluation will receive a certificate. Cumming, GA - (77.0 Miles)
  • Jan 30, 2018 Egg Candling Certification Class This class teaches proper egg candling procedures in line with Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) standards giving individuals the information necessary to obtain an egg candling certificate or license. Mr. Ben Pitts, Agriculture Compliance Specialist, Consumer Protection Field Forces with GDA will be teaching the class. Participants that successfully complete the class will receive an egg candling certificate from GDA. Anyone selling eggs to individuals or at a farmers market must hold an Egg Candling Certificate. Additionally, anyone aiming to sell eggs to a grocery store, bakery or restaurant must have their candling facilities licensed by the GDA's Consumer Protections Division. The license can be obtained by successfully taking and passing a written examination and candling examination, according to information provided by the GDA. Hamilton, GA - (44.0 Miles)
  • Feb 6, 2018 2018 Georgia Ag Forecast at Cartersville Join UGA Economists as they give an outlook of agricultural markets for the coming year. Participants will network with UGA Faculty and UGA Cooperative Extension Agents, local producers and other stakeholders, and will receive the 2018 Georgia Ag Forecast book, which provides a detailed analysis of major commodities produced in the state. Please join us as Matthew Hauer shares with you “Demographic Trends in Rural Georgia and America”. Matt Hauer leads the Carl Vinson Institute of Government Applied Demography Program, which provides state and local leaders with current demographic data and detailed population projections to enable leadership to more effectively address issues and plan for the future. Cartersville, GA - (81.0 Miles)
  • Feb 15, 2018 Vegetable and Small Fruit Production Training -- Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program Part 2 UGA Extension and partners developed the Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program to provide a comprehensive training program for beginning farmers. Vegetable and Small Fruit Production training is one of the three parts of this program. This is a 7-session training. Classes meet from 6:30-9 p.m. on Thursday evenings from February 15 through March 22, 2018. One session meets on Saturday, February 24 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Topics covered over the seven sessions include: Soil Health Cover Crops Crop Rotation Pest Management Crop Selection and Management Irrigation Equipment and tools Food Safety and Handling Marketing and Production Planning $75 registration fee includes handbook and other materials. Participants who complete the program and a post-training evaluation will receive a certificate. Cumming, GA - (77.0 Miles)
  • Feb 28, 2018 Fencing Field Day Hands-on field day discussing topics including: permanent fencing options, the use of temporary fencing, and fence troubleshooting. Tifton, GA - (121.0 Miles)
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