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The main industry in Toombs County is Agriculture and Agribusiness. Toombs County is most known for being the home of the state vegetable the Vidalia Sweet Onion. Farming, produce processing, packing, and shipping are all major industries. Toombs County ranks fourth in total vegetable in the state with a farm gate vegetable total over 80 million dollars. 

The agriculture in Toombs County is very diverse. Some the major vegetables grown in Toombs County include onions, sweet corn, greens, cabbage, peppers, and watermelons. Toombs County also grows many major row crops including cotton, corn, soybeans, peanuts, wheat, rye, and oats. Toombs County also has commercial nursery production and commercial greenhouse vegetable transplant production. Toombs County has 1,000 acres of pecan production, as well as the beginnings of olive production.

Leadership Toombs/Montgomery Chamber Class

This tour is one of the education aspects of the Toombs/Montgomery Leadership class. The agent coordinates this tour in both Toombs and Montgomery counties to display the importance of agriculture to this area. This tour gives many community leaders a firsthand look at different aspects of agricultural production. The agent during this tour, also give two presentations, one on the farm gate values of both counties as well as an overview of the UGA Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center.  This tour is attended by approximately 30 future community leaders each year.

Peanut Maturity Demonstration

Toombs County Agent Jason Edenfield demonstrates how to determine peanut maturity using pod blast technique.

Multi-County Production Meetings

The Toombs County Extension Office hosts a variety of production meetings for various commodities annually.  Typically, each meeting is held in the spring of the year at Captain's Corner Restaurant in Vidalia, Georgia.  A schedule is available in January for the upcoming year.  For information on various commodities, visit the UGA Commodities pages listed below:

  • Field Crops
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Ornamentals
  • Poultry & Livestock
  • Turfgrass

Advancement and Production of Vidalia Onions

The Extension Office works tirelessly in advancing the production practices of the Vidalia Onion through annual research projects, field days, production updates, and on site consultations. The County Agent works with growers to focus on flavor quality, disease control and prevention, variety selection, and production practices. The Agent’s research on plant population has provided growers with information to give themselves a better product mix for the consumers, as well as making them potentially more profitable. The candidate is continually working on research to help provide better varieties as well as better flavor profiles for onions.

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.