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UGA Extension has provided online educational programming, consultations and essential lab services during the COVID-19 pandemic while observing safe health practices for employees and the public. We offer resources for adults and 4-H youth on health, food, finances, parenting, agriculture and more. For the latest status on programs, contact your local Extension office or visit the events calendar.

COVID-19 Resources

Take the 2020 Census

Due to COVID-19, the schedule for the census self-response has been extended to October 31. Complete it today by mail, telephone or online.

2020 Census Information

Healthy Georgia Connections Newsletter

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Fulton Fresh Mobile Market now open!

Join us each week for the Fulton Fresh Mobile Market for a FREE bag of fresh, in-season produce.  The first session of the market will run June 9 - July 9.  You can find a complete list of locations and times on the market page.  New for 2020, the market will also be providing bags of produce and STEM activity kits for children.  We also have children's activities posted on our youth page.  We hope to see you at a market stop this summer!


Gov. Kemp, University of Georgia's SBDC Provide Overview of CARES Act Funding


Today Governor Brian P. Kemp and the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provided an overview of the funding allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This critical funding will help small businesses keep workers employed during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the University of Georgia’s 17 Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the state has launched an information website to provide guidance on accessing a variety of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs.

Beginning April 6, these state partners will host a series of web-based information sessions tailored to each region of the state. In addition, SBDC will be available to assist businesses, where necessary.

The CARES Act provides funds for SBA to aid small businesses through its network of private small business lenders. Georgia has more than 70 qualified SBA lenders, and detailed information about the following vital lending programs can also be found HERE.

If you would like a printer-friendly pdf version on the SBDC info, please click HERE.


***Agricultural Services Update***

As of May 18, 2020

Our offices are currently closed to the public and all programs through May are postponed. However, we are still able to assist our communities as we all work together to stay safe and healthy!

Agricultural & Environmental Services Lab (AESL) Partial Reopening

(effective May 18, 2020)


The AESL continues to provide important services to support public health and food and fiber production. AESL is operating with a minimum of essential staff on reduced hours and range of services. Lab staff are practicing Covid-19 prevention practices and will work onsite only as necessary to perform essential duties. Beginning Monday 18 May, the main office will be staffed and phone calls will be answered in person. Clients are not permitted in laboratories or offices without face masks.

***** For specific questions email soiltest@uga *****

Soil and Water Testing: While our offices are closed, please send water and soil samples directly to the Agricultural and Environmental Services Lab in Athens, GA. For more information on purchasing soil test kits and submitting directly to the soil lab, please visit this link: http://aesl.ces.uga.edu/soiltest123/Georgia.htm or you may call our office at 404-762-4077

The lab will continue to offer tests W1, W2, W24, W33, W33B, W33C, and W35. If you need additional specific tests related to public health, please email fewlab@uga.edu to inquire about availability.

Feed testing - Tests F1, F2, and F3 for feed and forage samples will be continued.

Soil and plant tissue analysis - Tests S1 and P1 will be continued to assist in crop fertilization and management decisions.

Other analysis - We are now accepting samples for all our other tests. However, they are lower priority, so it may be longer than usual before we have a chance to get to them. We will certainly do our best, but please understand that turnaround will be impacted.

Sample Receiving - Water and feed samples may be submitted to the FEW Lab from 8:00 to 12:00 Monday through Friday (water bacterial samples Monday-Thursday). Soil and plant samples may be submitted to SPW Lab Monday-Thursday 8:00-5:00. After hours, sampling supplies are available and samples may be dropped off in the vestibule of the SPW building.

Plant Pathology/Identification & Insect identification: Please e-mail high-quality pictures of your samples to one of our ANR team members for a diagnosis. We are currently unable to send off any physical samples due to our labs in Athens and Griffin being closed.

Master Gardener Extension Volunteer (MGEV) applications: Our Master Gardener class of 2020 application process is still underway, and the program is still scheduled through the fall! However, as our offices are closed, please email applications to our MGEV program coordinator, Melissa Mattee, at mmattee@uga.edu.  The last day to submit your application May 29th at 3:00 pm no exceptions.

Site Visits: We are currently unable to guarantee site visits at this time, but please feel free to connect with our Ag team to see how we can best assist you and diagnose any problems you may have.

For ANR Team contact information, additional updates and timely topics, please visit our blog and our contact page:
Blog- https://site.extension.uga.edu/fultonag/

Contact information- https://extension.uga.edu/county-offices/fulton/contact-us1.html
 


Programs

For over a century, we have been helping citizens of Fulton County live better, healthier lives. We offer multiple programs and events throughout the year and answer questions from businesses and homeowners every day over the phone and by email. Learn more about our programs:

We have about a dozen employees that deliver programs and services across the county as well as support staff in multiple offices. We have three main offices in East Point, College Park and north Atlanta, plus  a 4-H office at the Atlanta History Center. View our locations and staff list to learn more.

About Us

The University of Georgia Extension has served Fulton County residents since 1914 when fields still covered much of the county. Over the last century, our programs have expanded to include urban gardening, sustainable landscapes, family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth leadership.

The Fulton County Extension, backed by the resources of Fulton County and the University of Georgia, provides educational programs, information, and actual assistance to citizens of the County. Education and information are also provided to citizens by telephone consultation, site visits, newsletters, news articles, radio and collaboration with other community agencies. Publications and lab services are other delivery methods for education and information to citizens.

 

Fulton Fresh Mobile Market


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Applications are now open for 2020 Fulton Fresh Mobile Market hosts!

The mobile market will run from June 2nd - July 2nd and July 14th - August 13th, 2020. The mobile market will make 6 stops a week throughout Fulton County and is open to the public. Attendees will participate in a 30-minute nutrition class and food demonstration and will then be given a free bag of in-season produce from our mobile market to take home and prepare.  For more information for organizations that are interested in hosting, visit the Mobile Market page.



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Timely information:

Find more information about our summer 2020 Fulton Fresh market here:

Fulton Fresh Mobile Market


Community and online resources for families during school closures.

Out-of-School Resources


New blog alert! Check out our new Agricultural and Environmental Sciences blog, written by our very own ANR Agent, Melissa Mattee!

FULTON FROM THE GROUND UP

 


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