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What Is UGA Extension?

UGA Extension is a county, state and federal funded organization supported by specialists in the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

History of Extension 

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which established Land Grant Colleges throughout the nation. Each land grant institution would have a College of Agriculture that must teach classes, serve the public and perform research. In 1914, Senator Hoke Smith from Georgia and Representative Ashbury Lever from South Carolina presented the Smith –Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service. The Act was passed in Congress and signed into law by the President. This legislature required that the Cooperative Extension Service, as the service arm of the land grant institutions in each state, provide information in agriculture & natural resources, family & consumer sciences, and 4-H & youth development.

Scope of Extension 

Did you know that every county in Georgia has an Extension service, providing unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, youth and families? Take a look at our Extension diagram, which provides a visual representation of the scope of Cooperative Extension in the United States.


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Extension News
  • Pumpkin Pointers Pumpkin Pointers link UGA Extension offers tips on growing and cooking pumpkins. By Sharon Dowdy | Published: 10/18/2019
  • TSWV TSWV link UGA Extension plant pathologist Bob Kemerait cautions growers about TSWV in next year's crop. By Clint Thompson | Published: 10/18/2019
  • Gardening Conference Gardening Conference link Georgia Master Gardener Association Conference set for Saturday, Oct. 19. By Sharon Dowdy | Published: 10/16/2019
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Upcoming Events
  • Oct 22 Northeast Georgia Master Cattleman Program The Master Cattlemen's program delivers a practical, science-based production management curriculum to Georgia's beef producers. This is the eighth and final session of this 8 week 2019 NE GA Master Cattleman Program. Scheduled to present: Dr. John McKissick, Agricultural and Applied Economics Specialist. Topics: Beef Industry Economics; Graduation Participants meet each Tuesday night for eight weeks beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. During the eight sessions, attendees learn and discuss current issues, meet industry experts, and network with area producers. This program is offered through the Morgan and Jasper County Extension offices this fall. Shady Dale, GA - (68.0 Miles)
  • Oct 24 How to Support Honey Bees Join us for an informative presentation to learn how to protect bee habitats, what to plant to support bees and the basics of beekeeping. Gardeners of all experience levels welcome. Gainesville, GA - (59.0 Miles)
  • Oct 25 Well Water Maintenance & Testing Class Are you selling or buying a home? Are you thinking about drilling a well on your property? Did you know that most mortgage companies require you to test the well water? Did you know that the CDC recommends you test your well water every year? Dr. Uttam Saha, UGA Feed & Water Lab Program Coordinator, will review common issues with well water and testing services available through the Walton County Extension Office. Monroe, GA - (56.0 Miles)
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