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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
  • Wildlife Contest Wildlife Contest link Students learn critical thinking skills, science, life skills through wildlife program. By Cristina deRevere | Published: 11/1/2019
  • Talbot Team Talbot Team link Nutrition educator and 4-H leader join UGA Extension team in Talbot County. By Sharon Dowdy | Published: 11/8/2019
  • October Climate October Climate link October's warm, wet weather helped ease Georgia's late summer drought. By Pam Knox | Published: 11/7/2019
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Upcoming Events
  • Nov 13 Free Gardening Class Series: Flowering Bulbs Please join us this month for November’s class on Flowering Bulbs! This class is a part of Athens Clarke County Extension's 2019 Free Gardening Class Series. It will include an informative presentation on topics including site selection and bed preparation as well as care and maintenance after planting. Gardeners of all experience levels are welcome. Bogart, GA - (43.0 Miles)
  • Nov 14 Well Water Seminar An introduction to wells, aquifers, maintenance, protection, and water testing. Great information for homeowners! Crawford, GA - (26.0 Miles)
  • Nov 19 Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging-Conyers Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging-Conyers Ebenezer Road Southwest, GA - (80.0 Miles)
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