UGA Extension Office

Agriculture & Natural Resources

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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
Pesticide Sprayer
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Kids in a School Garden
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Pest Management Publication
Extension News
  • Holiday Exercise link Lower temperatures and decreased daylight hours make skipping out on exercise an option for some. By Clint Thompson | Published: 11/16/2018
  • Cooking A Turkey link Once the turkey is removed from the refrigerator, it should be trimmed, seasoned and cooked without delay. By Elizabeth L. Andress | Published: 11/16/2018
  • Frying Turkeys link A common cause of turkey fryer accidents is caused by filling the pot with too much oil. By Sharon Dowdy | Published: 11/16/2018
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Upcoming Events
  • Nov 23 - Nov 27 National 4-H Congress National 4-H Congress Atlanta, GA - (40.0 Miles)
  • Nov 28 - Nov 29 ServSafe Manager Certification 2 Day Training and Exam UGA Tift County Extension provides the Nationally recognized and accredited ServSafe® training for food service managers from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). Upon successful completion of the ServSafe® examination, the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager certificate will be issued by the NRAEF. The training is from 8:30am - 5:00pm, both days. $140.00 Tifton, GA - (161.0 Miles)
  • Nov 28 Intro to Organic Gardening Free Monthly Gardening Class “Introduction to Organic Gardening” will be held on Wednesday, November 28 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Athens-Clarke County Public Library Auditorium. This informative class will cover basic concepts of organic gardening, best chemical-free practices and methods, organic amendments and products. Gardeners of all experience levels are welcome. Please register by Tuesday, November 27 by emailing or calling (706) 613-3640. Athens, GA - (18.0 Miles)
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