UGA Extension Office

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Whitfield County continues its agricultural needs with more than 39,000 acres in farmland and a farm gate value for agricultural products of over $144 million, Whitfield County farmers benefit from UGA researched-based information.

The Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) program assists homeowners, farmers and land owners by providing educational seminars and workshops on topics from landscaping to wildlife management and everything in between. ANR services include but are not limited to soil, water, and forage testing; plant disease diagnostic services; insect identification; and troubleshooting landscape problems. Please follow the links on this site to find further information, or contact us at UGA Extension in Whitfield county at 706-278-8207.

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Ask the county Agent

One of your greatest resources for assistance with ANR questions is your County Agent, Dr. Roger Gates. Please see his latest “Growings On” articles every Wednesday in the Daily Citizen Newspaper shown below:

“Illegal cotton culture?”

"Topsoil Tips"

"Firefighting (ants, that is)"

"Growings On: Using pesticides responsibly"

"Growings On: Amazing azaleas"

"Growings On: Keeping lawns healthy"

"Growings On: White clover continues to proliferate"


Frequently Asked Questions:

“Why are my flowers dying?”

“What’s wrong with my lawn?”

“How do I start an organic vegetable garden?”

“How do I submit a soil test?”

“How can I test my well water to see if it is safe to drink?”

Please contact Roger Gates at 706-278-8207 or email him at if you have similar questions or any questions! He can find the answer for you!


2018 Northwest Georgia Master Cattlemen Program

Upcoming Programs & Events

2018 Northwest Georgia Master Cattleman Program

The Northwest Georgia community is welcome to be a part of the Master Cattleman Program that is going to be held at the Mack Gaston Community Center in Dalton, GA. The courses are September 4-October 23, every Tuesday night for 8 weeks. Please register by August 24, 2018.  If you have any questions please contact Roger Gates at 706-278-8207. Click here for the event flyer!

Lakeshore Community Garden Plots Application

The Dalton-Whitfield Community is welcome to be a part of the Lakeshore Community Garden Plots. You will need to fill out this application and on Saturday, May 5 at 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM is Pick Your Plot Day! Please fill out the application and submit your $20.00 application fee to our ANR extension agent. If you have any further questions please call our office at 706-278-8207  and click here for the event flyer.  


ANR Events
  • Feb 26 Marketing Your Beef Locally - Finishing Beef on Grass and Forage A growing demand for "grass finished" beef has been documented. It's particularly characteristic of consumers most interested in "local food." What does it take to produce a reliable meat product without feeding any grain? Erin Forte, ANR Agent, Macon County, will describe the characteristics of various forages and how they can be best utilized to meet the challenge of finishing beef on grass and forage. Calhoun, GA - (19.0 Miles)
  • Mar 20 - Mar 22 Nutreint Specialist Ceritfication Training This training is for ANR agents with confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in their counties. This course will certify them to write nutrient management plans for those producers with CAFOs. It is a 2 day course and a test will be administered by GDA after lunch on the second day. Registration is free and lunch will be provided both days. Travel expenses must be provided by county or district funds. Athens, GA - (107.0 Miles)
  • May 3 - May 4 State 4-H Hippology Contest Cloverleaf, Junior and Senior 4-H members are eligible to compete in Hippology. There are Junior and Senior divisions; Cloverleaf 4-H’ers who are at least in the fourth grade may compete in the Junior division. Practical application of knowledge and skills is demonstrated through a written test,a skill station, a judging competition and a team problems component in which team members’ work together to solve a specific issue as it relates to equine management. Students have the opportunity to strengthen their communication and leadership skills in an environment which allows contribution to group effort; encourages teamwork and promotes acceptance of differences. Participants must work with three or four team members in this equine event. Athens, GA - (107.0 Miles)
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ANR News
  • Peach Trees link Trees that are beginning to flower this early in the growing season are more susceptible to a late freeze in March. By Clint Thompson | Published: 2/22/2019
  • Irrigation Maintenance link Disuse of irrigation equipment during the winter can result in leaks, dry rot and animals nesting within the machine. By Bryce Ethridge | Published: 2/19/2019
  • 4-H at Capitol link Georgia 4-H members visit state Capitol to learn about legislative process. By Cristina deRevere | Published: 2/13/2019
  • Wild Pigs link Feeding deer without feeding wild pigs is a difficult task. By Michael Anthony Foster | Published: 2/13/2019
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ANR Agent
Roger Gates Agriculture & Natural Resources Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent 706-278-8207