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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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  • Feb 28 - Mar 1 Northwest Jr/Sr Project Achievement for Grades 7-12 Northwest Jr/Sr Project Achievement for Grades 7-12 Eatonton, GA - (63.0 Miles)
  • Mar 2 Poultry Composter Workshop Poultry Composter Workshop Monday, March 2nd, 5:30pm Elbert County Extension Office Meal Provided– Please RSVP by noon Friday Feb 28th Learn about the benefits of composting with the experts! Dr. Casey Ritz—UGA Poultry Specialist Nutrient management plans and composting demonstration. Raymond Fitzpatrick/Patrick Marcellino—UGA Extension EQIP Grant Funding—Greg Jameson, NRCS Designing composting facilities and managing mortality, - Deena Roberts, NRCS Elbert County Extension Office 1088 Ruckersville Road, Elberton, GA To RSVP for the workshop, please email patmar@uga.edu, or call 706-283-2037 Sponsored By: Farm Bureau of Elbert, Franklin, Hart, and Madison Counties Elberton, GA
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