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
Teacher and students
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Pest Management Publication
Extension News
  • Christmas Trees link UGA Extension offers safety tips on Christmas tree management. By Michelle M. Lewis | Published: 12/8/2017
  • Golden Berry link Berries come in yellow, too, thanks to native hollies like possumhaw and winterberry. By Michelle M. Lewis, Norman Winter | Published: 12/7/2017
  • UGA Ag Forecast link UGA economists to tackle commodity prices, rural development and agriculture policy during 2018 Ag Forecast. By Michelle M. Lewis, Norman Winter, Merritt Melancon | Published: 12/5/2017
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Upcoming Events
  • Dec 12 Becoming Independently Healthy Learn how to eat better and move more through this hands-on nutrition and low impact exercise class. Madison, GA - (20.0 Miles)
  • 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 - (32.0 Miles)
  • Jan 6, 2018 - Jan 8, 2018 Counselor Selection Weekend Georgia 4-H'ers try out at Rock Eagle 4-H Center for a coveted summer counselor position at one of Georgia's five 4-H centers. Eatonton, GA - (38.0 Miles)
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