UGA Extension Office

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Joel Burnsed Head Shot

County agents provide soil and water test kits and instruction, advice on safe pesticide use, publications and programs that impart researched based knowledge to improve Georgians quality of life.  

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Walton County AG Agent

Joel Burnsed

A native of Pembroke, Georgia, Joel grew up on a small family farm where he gained a passion for agriculture and the environment. Joel received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Biological Science in 2010 from the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Science. Joel joined the Walton County staff in 2014 after four years as an agent in Twiggs County. Currently, Joel is enrolled in the Masters of Plant Protection and Pesticide Management at the University of Georgia while serving full time as the Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent here in Walton County. Joel also serves on the Executive Board for the College of Agriculture's Alumni Association, he and his wife Liza have been married for 3 years.

 


Soil Sample Bags
Milkweed
Pesticide Sprayer
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Pest Management Publication
Extension News
  • Pecan Tree Management link Young, stressed trees and those planted in poorly drained soil are at risk for beetle damage. By Clint Thompson | Published: 2/22/2018
  • Irrigation Maintenance link Proper irrigation maintenance helps farmers avoid system malfunctions during the growing season. By Clint Thompson, Clint Thompson | Published: 2/20/2018
  • Andress Honored link Georgia FCS teachers honor leader of UGA's statewide home food processing and preservation program. By Clint Thompson, Clint Thompson, Sharon Dowdy | Published: 2/19/2018
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Upcoming Events
  • Feb 21 - Feb 26 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show Georgia Junior National Livestock Show Perry - (94.0 Miles)
  • Feb 23 Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exam Preparatory Class for Category 24 UGA Extension Gwinnett is offering a workshop to help prepare those who are planning to take the Georgia Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exam in Category 24 Ornamental and Turf to pass it. The workshop will cover the ornamental and turf section first, and then the general standards section. We will have informative handouts and a couple of practice exams. Lawrenceville, GA - (20.0 Miles)
  • Feb 23 Small Engine Maintenance and Repair Workshop This program will cover how to properly troubleshoot and maintain common garden and landscape equipment. Participants will be taught the basics of how to tune up equipment, winterize, as well as basic troubleshooting and repair procedures. The program will also go into detail on how to properly sharpen everything from knives to chainsaws. There will be discussion on tools and diagnostic equipment that are essential for repairing and servicing small engines. Bob Westerfield, Extension Horticulturist, and Brian Maddy, Troup County Extension agent, will be the program speakers. Griffin, GA - (48.0 Miles)
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