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Winter weather is possible in Georgia this time of year. Start your emergency kit with water,food, blankets, flashlights and a portable cell phone charger.
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Welcome Brian Bradford

Elbert County Extension is pleased to introduce Brian Bradford our new ANR Agent.

Brian is a fourth-generation farmer from Elberton, GA. Brian grew up on a dairy farm. When he was in high school the family converted to a commercial broiler and Black Angus beef cattle operation. After graduating from the University of Georgia in Poultry Science, Brian worked for Pilgrim’s Pride poultry production. He also continued managing his family’s poultry houses, beef cattle and hay production. He began his new role in Elbert County on January 4th.

We are so glad to have Brian joining our Elbert County Extension team.

Become Part of the UGA VITA

University of Georgia Elbert Extension Office is looking for volunteers for the 2022 tax season to assist with the UGA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Each year, this program offers free tax assistance to the people of Elbert County.

• How is this possible? UGA is registered with the IRS as a free income tax preparer.
• What would I be doing as a UGA VITA volunteer? You would prepare tax returns and assist your local extension agent with VITA operations.
• What is required to be a UGA VITA volunteer? Before assisting with tax returns, you’ll participate in required trainings as well as become approved as a UGA extension volunteer.
• How many hours per week would I volunteer? We’d love to see you at least 3 hours per week. You’ll work out the schedule with your local extension agent.
• How do I learn more? Call or text (706) 592-8237 to speak with the UGA VITA team. You can also email us at

We hope to see you during tax season!


See more information about Elbert County Extension's services in:

Winter Storm Emergency Kit (Facebook)
Brian Bradford Welcome

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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