UGA Extension Office



Cooperative Extension is an outreach branch of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Family and Consumer Sciences and Georgia 4-H. Our office serves the residents of Echols County with unbiased, research-based education in the areas of agriculture, natural resources, family development, housing/home environment, and youth development.

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Extension News
Beyond Hemp
Beyond Hemp UGA horticulture experts offer advice on growing medicinal herbs in landscapes and gardens. By Maria M. Lameiras | Published: 2/20/2020
Rural Stress
Rural Stress Weather and finances top farmers’ sources of stress By Maria M. Lameiras, Merritt Melancon | Published: 2/19/2020
Capitol 4-H Day 2020
Capitol 4-H Day 2020 UGA Extension has held 4-H Day at the state Capitol for more than 30 years. By Maria M. Lameiras, Merritt Melancon, Cristina deRevere | Published: 2/14/2020
Toews will succeed retiring West
Toews will succeed retiring West UGA Entomologist Michael Toews will take over as assistant dean of UGA Tifton campus in March. By Maria M. Lameiras, Merritt Melancon, Cristina deRevere, J. Faith Peppers | Published: 2/13/2020
Assistant Dean Retires
Assistant Dean Retires West and colleagues reflect on his 12-year tenure as assistant dean. By Maria M. Lameiras, Merritt Melancon, Cristina deRevere, J. Faith Peppers, Maria Sellers | Published: 2/11/2020
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Upcoming Events
Mar 11 - Mar 12 Step Up and Lead at UGA Tifton Campus Tifton, GA - (62.0 miles) Georgia Student Leadership Conference: -designed and facilitated by youth development professionals -for 4th-8th grade students -features hands-on, engaging workshops -builds leadership, public speaking, teamwork, and collaboration skills
Mar 12 Storm Damaged Tree Clean-up Training McRae, GA - (87.0 miles) This training is for professional tree care workers, first responders, and volunteers in the private sector. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. This training is OSHA approved. ISA CEU credit have been applied for too. Register online at
Mar 14 - Mar 15 Bacon County District Project Achievement for 4th-6th Grades ALMA, GA - (61.0 miles) Bacon County District Project Achievement for 4th-6th Grades
Mar 14 Southwest Georgia Small Ruminant Workshop Tifton, GA - (69.0 miles) Hands-on education for beginner goat and sheep owners. Hear from local county agents and small ruminant experts. Topics include FAMACHA certification and parasite control, animal handling, hoof trimming, drenching, first aid, health troubleshooting, and injections. Also how to prepare for breeding and kidding/lambing, and managing nutrition with feed, hay, and pasture. Located at the Tift County Livestock Multi-Purpose Building, behind the Tift County Extension Office. Pre-register by calling 229-482-3895 or e-mailing Cost is $20 at the door.
Apr 17 - Apr 18 Area Poultry Judging-Tift County Tifton, GA - (69.0 miles) Poultry judging is an evaluation event in which students learn and understand standards used in poultry and egg production and marketing, and to apply the standards in a realistic decision-making situation. During the contest, participants judge both live specimens and market poultry, identify parts of birds already prepared for market, and evaluate eggs as to their quality and readiness for market. For at least one class, typically a live production class, participants are asked to justify their placing decisions through a set of oral reasons.
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