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Testing Services

We provide testing for:

  • Soil Analysis
  • Plant Tissue Analysis
  • Water Quality
  • Animal Waste
  • Feeds and Forages
  • Biosolids
  • Microbiology
  • Pesticides
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Special Analysis
  • Waste Water
  • Trace Analysis 

Whether you'd like to increase your crop yield, grow healthier roses, test the quality of your drinking water, or make sure your creek isn't polluted, we can help. To submit samples to the labs, contact Forrest J. Connelly at the Stephens County Extension Office by phone at 706-779-5501 or e-mail

The chart below lists the most commonly requested tests and their fees. Miscellaneous testing is available at cost+shipping. 



Soil Test (Routine):


     1-2 samples

$9 each

     3 or more

$8 each

Feed and Forage Test (Routine)

$22 each

Poultry Litter Test (Routine)


     1- first sample

$5 each

     Each additional sample

$4 each

Water Test (Routine)

$22 each

Water Test (Total Coliform/E. Coli)

$46 each

Visit the Agricultural & Environmental Services Laboratories for additional information about testing.


Private Pesticide Applicators License

Click on each link in the order listed below for help in obtaining your Private Pesticide License. Each step is important. Please call or come by the Stephens County Extension Office if you have questions or need assistance.

Vimeo Video Instruction Video for Private Applicators. Please view this short video before proceeding, it is required in order to complete the next step.
Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Site  
Affidavit This form must be signed and notarized before submitting to the Extension Office.
Private Pesticide Application This application must be completed and submitted to the Extension Office. 


Agriculture & Natural Resources


Home Gardening


Organic Gardening & Farming


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.