UGA Extension Office

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Upcoming Events
  • Feb 26 - Feb 27 West Georgia Small Farm Conference This conference is a two day event designed for anyone who is operating a small farm looking from honey bee production, small business development, crop scheduling, nuisance wildlife, understanding different ag agencies, small ruminants, vegetable pests, and irrigation. The event will conclude with local farm tours. Event is free for the first 120 registrants. Waco, GA - (258.0 Miles)
  • Feb 29 Growing Fruit in Georgia Melissa Mattee, the Fulton County Agriculture and Resource Agent for the UGA Extension Fulton County, will talk about fruit trees (apple, peach, pear, fig), brambles (raspberry, blackberry), blueberries, strawberries, and grapes. She will cover the selection, planting, pruning, disease and harvesting. After the lecture in the Osage Room, participants are invited to join her and the North Fulton Master Gardeners in the adjoining Bulloch Orchard for a hands-on demonstration of pruning apple and peach trees and grape vines. Register here to reserve your spot: Roswell, GA - (228.0 Miles)
  • Mar 2 - Mar 3 ServSafe® Manager Certification Training and Exam Georgia Cooperative Extension provides the nationally recognized and accredited ServSafe® training for foodservice 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. Workshops are offered in multiple locations throughout the state; see each training's contact for details. Waynesboro, GA - (82.0 Miles)
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Pesticide Safety and Training

Pesticides are a vital part of most agricultural and forestry operations. Human and environmental safety does not have to be compromised.  

The Georgia Private Pesticide Applicator Exam may be completed online. For more information read on how to complete the exam.

Pesticide Safety Education Program

Commercial Applicators

You must pass an exam on the "National Perticide Applicator Certification Core Manual Second Edition 2014" and exam on the appropriate categorical maunal(s) with a minimum score of 70%.  Visit the Georgia Commercial Pesticide Applicator's Testing Information website for exam and registration.  

  • Commercial Applicators license is required if you want to apply a restricted use pesticide (RUP) and you do not qualify as a private applicator.
  • This does not permit you to charge a fee unless you also have a Pesticide Contractor license.
  • if you work for or as a licensed pesticide contractor applying any pesticide to the lands of another you must have a Commercial Pesticide Applicator license unless you work under the supervision of someone who is licensed.
  • Any Pesticide purchases must be confined to only those categories for which you are authorized by your license.

For a printable information sheet, download and save Commercial Pesticide License Information (PDF).



Soil Testing Services

Soil Testing for Home Lawns, Gardens, and Wildlife Food Plots

Soils tests provide information on the soil’s actual nutrient status. Test results are used to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth of lawn, garden, and other types of plants.

A good soil sample should be representative of the area: backyard, front yard, shrubs, trees, etc. For information on how to take a soil sample, visit Soil Testing in Georgia website.

Cost: 8.00 for each routine sample. Samples should be dropped off at the Chatham County Office at 17 Minus Ave, Garden City, GA or Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, 2 Canebrake Rd.

If special analysis is needed be sure to let us know.

Results will be emailed or mailed 10- 14 days telling you what kind of fertilizer to use and when to use it, how much and more.

Soil can be tested any time during the year: however, be sure to sample well in advance of planting or spring greenup. This is important on areas where lime is likely to be needed.

Sampling Protocol for Testing Drinking Water

Water Sample Costs:
Basic Water Test $22.00
Lead Test $40.00
E-coil Test $36.00 (must be accepted for analysis within 24 hours of collection time). Next day shipping add extra $10.00 to fee.Shipping label and special bottle are available at extension office.

If special analysis is needed be sure to let us know.

Ag Services:


Below are some of UGA Extension's most broadly useful resources for those involved in agriculture on the farm, in schools, and around the home.

Production Agriculture:
Statewide Variety Testing
Statewide Variety Testing Which varieties should you plant? The variety testing team does the work and research for farmers.
UGA Weather Network
UGA Weather Network Reliable weather information for agricultural and environmental applications, including soil temperature, rainfall, wind speed, and more.
Pesticide Safety Education
Pesticide Safety Education Everything you need to achieve certification and maintain the knowledge to safely and effectively make use of restricted-use and all other types of pesticides.
Sustainable Agriculture A collection of resources for those interested in production and marketing practices that are profitable, environmentally sound, and that improve the quality of life for farmers, farm workers, and the community.
Ag Budgets and Economics Resources for production economics, farm management, marketing, situation and outlook, risk management, financial management, farm policy, labor, and taxation.
Farmgate Value Report
Farmgate Value Report Annual county-level reports documenting the value of all food and fiber commodities grown in the state.
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Home & Garden:
Soil Testing
Soil Testing Ensure that your soil is productive! Get your soil tested to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth.
Pest Management
Pest Management Recommendations for pest control around homes, on pets, in the home garden, and more.
Household Water Quality
Household Water Quality Water quality has an immediate and a prolonged effect on the health of your household. This publication series contains basic information about home water quality and treatment.
Home Garden Publication Series
Home Garden Publication Series Topics include garden planning, soil preparation, weed control, pollination, disease and insect control, harvesting, and preserving.
Georgia Green Industry Professional Development The UGA Center for Urban Agriculture offers professional training and certifications for the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional, Georgia Certified Plant Professional exam and Super Crew employee training series.
Community and School Gardens This Community and School Gardens blog is designed to help community and school gardeners succeed by connecting them to UGA Extension and other research-based resources.
Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources Whether you'd like to help protect the environment, teach your students how to avoid chronic diseases with healthy food and physical activity, or train food handlers in your cafeteria, University of Georgia Extension can help.