UGA Extension Office


UGA Cooperative Extension is an outreach branch of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Family and Consumer Sciences and Georgia 4-H

We translate the science of everyday life for families, farmers and communities to foster a healthy and prosperous Georgia.

Our office serves the public with unbiased, research-based education in the areas of agriculture, natural resources, family development, housing/home environment, and youth development.

Human hand placing soil under a young plant
Gordon County Agricultural Service Center front entrance

Gordon County Extension/4-H

1282 Highway 53 Spur, SW                                           Office Hours:
Suite 200                                                                          8:00am until 12:00noon
Calhoun, Georgia 30701                                                1:00 until 5:00pm
706-629-8685                                                                  Monday through Friday

Our Staff

ANR Agent - Greg Bowman                                    4-H Agent - Allie Griner
Administrative Assistant - Joan Sutherland        Program Assistant (4-H) - Tim Street
Program Assistant (4-H) - Gracy Sexton 

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State Extension News
  • Many Paths, One Mission Many Paths, One Mission ODIE will continue to provide its full slate of student support services and programming, including recruitment and retention, professional development, training and mentoring initiatives, working beyond race and ethnicity to work with all first-generation students, including rural and urban students. By Maria M. Lameiras | Published: 2/27/2024
  • 2024 Farm Stress Summit 2024 Farm Stress Summit UGA Extension will convene with producers, providers and supporting organizations in Jasper, Georgia, on March 20. By Jordan Powers | Published: 2/26/2024
  • A Remarkable Journey A Remarkable Journey When Phyllicia Thomas walked across the stage to accept her degree in environmental law in December 2023, it was the culmination of two journeys — one toward a dream set upon as a high school student and the other an unforeseen detour she navigated with determination and the steadfast support of her family. By Maria M. Lameiras | Published: 2/22/2024
  • Multilingual Extension Programs Multilingual Extension Programs The Gwinnett County Extension office received a $250,000 budget increase from the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to increase staffing and expand community educational outreach and engagement to underrepresented groups around the county. By Sameeka Prabath Rajamani | Published: 2/21/2024
  • Research Expenditures Research Expenditures This marks the fifth consecutive year of growth for the university. By David Mitchell | Published: 2/20/2024
  • Well Connected Communities Well Connected Communities Extension’s Well Connected Communities initiative helps build diverse, multi-generational, cross-sector coalitions that can recognize and address systemic health inequities by intentionally forging connections, building capacity and taking action in these communities and across the Extension network. By Josie Smith | Published: 2/19/2024
  • Organic Food Safety Organic Food Safety UGA food scientists will survey farms in the Southeast to determine the risk of contamination in organic crops by different environmental pathogens. By Maria M. Lameiras | Published: 2/14/2024
  • Farm Again Farm Again The University of Georgia is working to assist Georgia veterans with service-based disabilities through its dynamic farming program, Farm Again. By Carlisa Johnson | Published: 2/13/2024
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Upcoming Extension Events Across the State
  • Feb 27 ServSafe Manager One-Day Training The ServSafe Food Safety Training Program leads the way in providing current and comprehensive educational materials to the food service industry. The ServSafe for Managers class and Exam is recognized by more federal, state, and local jurisdictions than any other food safety certification and in Georgia, food safety certification is required by law. The University of Georgia Extension in Gwinnett is pleased to offer the SERV Safe for Managers Certification Class and Exam. Class, Book, and Test $150 Retest - $70 Contact: Ines Beltran at or at 678-477-4014
    • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Feb 27 Northwest GA Master Equine Program Join us for a six-week series to learn about equine production, management, riding in college, health care, and more. Classes will be held at the Gordon Extension office from 6:00-8:00 with dinner included. 1/23/24 - Equine industry overview and Riding in college; 1/30/24 - Forage systems for horses (1-hour pesticide credit applied for); 2/6/24 - Manure management and Water quality; 2/12/24 - Preventative health care and USDA NRCS programs; 2/20/24 - Equine nutrition and conformation; 2/27/24 - Facilities management and Arena design and footing.
    • Calhoun, GA
  • Feb 28 - Mar 1 Equine Welfare Assessment Skills Certification Course The objective of this program is to provide participants with necessary training to make informed decisions regarding equine welfare and to familiarize them with widely accepted management practices in the Southeastern U.S. through hands-on, case study, and lecture-based learning. Designed for: Law Enforcement Officers State Agency Employees Humane Society Personnel Equine Rescue Owners and Employees Veterinarians, Veterinary Students, and Veterinary Techs Attendees will complete final exam for certification. Program approved for 12 hours ARPAS CEU's and pending Georgia Veterinary CEU's.
    • Athens, GA - (102.0 Miles)
  • Feb 28 ServSafe® Manger Certification Training and Exam - Monroe County Georgia Cooperative Extension provides nationally recognized and accredited ServSafe® training for food service managers from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). Upon successful completion of the ServSafe® examination, the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certificate will be issued by the NRAEF.
    • Forsyth, GA - (118.0 Miles)
  • Feb 28 Walk A Weigh The Walk-a-Weigh Program is a series of lessons that will teach you how to make the changes you want to make to achieve permanent weight control. Family and Consumer Science Agent Jake Conner, will offer a different class each week to provide you with the skills to improve your food intake, become more physically active and adopt the health habits that will allow you to stay happy and healthy for a long time. Each class also includes educational handouts and activities that will reinforce what you have learned. This series will begin on Wednesday, January 31st at 5:30 pm. We will have our nutrition lesson and then walk for approximately 45 minutes. We will have class rain or shine!
    • Monroe, GA - (86.0 Miles)
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