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:

“Myths about food production”

“Enhancing Georgia roadsides with beauty and function”

“Landscape Resolutions”

“Ag Forecast seminars support planning for 2018”

“Peanut science-unlocking the genetic code”

“Consequences of cold”

“Illegal cotton culture?”

"Topsoil Tips"

"Firefighting (ants, that is)"

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!


Upcoming Programs & Events

Lakeshore Community Garden Plots Application

The Dalton-Whitfield Community is welcome to be apart 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.  

Georgia Forages Conference at GCA Convention

Annual one-day conference focusing on current forage topics and research to kick off the Georgia Cattleman's Association annual convention is April 5, 2018 from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM @ the Georgia National Fairgrounds. For more information click on this link.

Sheep & Goat Short Course

You will recieve information on production, pasture management, predator control, parasite mamangement, FAMACHA training and certification. This program will include lectures and hands-on workshop on April 19, 2018 from 8:30 AM- 2:00 PM @ the Monroe County Rec Department. For more information click on this link. 

14th Annual Monroe County H.E.R.D. Sale

Monroe County Extension will be holding the 14th annual Monroe County Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development (H.E.R.D.) Sale on April 28, 2018 starting at 12:30 PM @ Sleepy Creek Farm. For more information click on this link.

ANR Events
  • May 22 - May 23 ServSafe Manager Training UGA Spalding County Extension provides the nationally recognized and accredited ServSafe® training for food service professionals from the National Restaurant Association. Successful completion of the exam results in certification from NRAEF. The fee of $140 includes course book, educational materials, instruction, exam and refreshments. Pre-registration required, please contact our office. Griffin, GA - (110.0 Miles)
  • May 23 UGA Extension Gwinnett Category 24 Ornamental and Turf Pesticide Applicator Training The program will only cover category 24, ornamental and turf portion of the exam, not the general standards. The training will include hands-on material, handouts and a practice exam. Lawrenceville, GA
  • May 23 - May 24 Manager ServSafe Training This training program certifies food handlers in restaurants, school, hospital and nursing home cafeterias, and other food service businesses to prevent causing or spreading foodborne illness. The ServSafe® Program is a recognized food safety sanitation course developed by The Educational Foundation of The National Restaurant Association Americus, GA - (191.0 Miles)
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ANR Agent
Roger Gates Agriculture & Natural Resources Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent 706-278-8207
ANR News
  • Flea Fights link Get a hold on flea populations early to avoid a months-long battle. By Merritt Melancon | Published: 5/17/2018
  • Accommodating Gardens link Gardens should be designed to accommodate the gardener. By Merritt Melancon, Josh Fuder | Published: 5/17/2018
  • 4-H Food Product link Walker County 4-H'ers take first place in Georgia 4-H's Food Product Development Contest for their Cheez Beez. By Merritt Melancon, Josh Fuder, Merritt Melancon | Published: 5/15/2018
  • Scouting Schools link Annual crop scouting schools will be held in Tifton and Midville, Georgia. By Merritt Melancon, Josh Fuder, Merritt Melancon, Clint Thompson | Published: 5/15/2018
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