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
  • Nov 23 - Nov 27 National 4-H Congress National 4-H Congress Atlanta, GA - (78.0 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 - (242.0 Miles)
  • Nov 30 - Dec 2 Project SAFE Certified Coaches' Training Project SAFE Certified Coaches' Training Eatonton, GA - (137.0 Miles)
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ANR 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
  • Frozen Holiday Treats link Freezing your food does not improve its texture or flavor but it does preserve its quality. By Elizabeth L. Andress | Published: 11/16/2018
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ANR Agent
Roger Gates Agriculture & Natural Resources Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent 706-278-8207