UGA Extension Office

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Meet Greg Bowman, Gordon County Extension Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) Agent. Greg, a lifetime resident of Gordon County, is a graduate from the University of Georgia with a BS in Animal Science 1993. While attending, he was a top team member of a very successful UGA Livestock Judging Team that competed across the United States. Greg has a total of twenty-five years of experience working for UGA Extension. He is married to Tonya and they have two daughters, Kendall and Lindsay.

Feel free to contact Greg, by telephone at 706-629-8685 or email at, with questions or concerns regarding your lawn, flower garden, fruit trees, vegetable garden, pasture, well water, etc.

Office hours are 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon and 1:00 until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Greg Bowman

Unsolicited Packages of Seeds from China 

The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) has been notified that several Georgia residents have received unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. Recipients are strongly advised not to open the packages or plant the seeds.
"At this time, we are not sure what the seeds are and therefore are urging everyone to be exceedingly vigilant," Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black says. "If you have received one of these packages in the mail, please use extreme caution by not touching the contents and securing the package in a plastic bag."
The types of seeds in the packages are unknown at this time and may be invasive plant species. The packages were sent by mail and may have Chinese writing on them.
Invasive species wreak havoc on the environment, displace or destroy native plants and insects and severely damage crops. Taking steps to prevent their introduction is the most effective method of reducing both the risk of invasive species infestations and the cost to control and mitigate those infestations.
Anyone who has received unsolicited seeds in the mail from China or any other country is encouraged to contact the GDA Seed Lab at 229-386-3145 or email

Home Canning Online Series

Chattooga County Extension is offering virtual classes on home canning!

Use the following link to register for the online series:


Summer Pasture Management Series

*One Hour Pesticide Credit Category 10 or 21
**One Hour Pesticide Credit Category 10, 21 or 22

Sign In/Out and Pesticide License Number Required for Credit

  • August 11, 2020 - Insect Management in Pastures*
    Michael Abney, Jones County Extension ANR Agent
  • August 18, 2020 - Weed Management in Pastures*
    Thad Glenn, Stephens County Extension ANR Agent
  • August 25, 2020 - Handling and Using Pesticides Safely*
    Keith Fielder, Putnam County Extension ANR Agent
  • September 1, 2020 - Parasite Management in Livestock**
    Reid Miller, Hart County Extension ANR Agent
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2020 Northwest Georgia Master Cattleman Program

September 3 through October 22, 2020 - 7:00 until 9:00 p.m.

Learn practical, science-based management techniques to increase profitability and sustainability in your beef cattle operation.

For your safety and convenience, this program is offered through live webinar sessions.

Below are some of UGA Extension's most broadly useful resources for those involved in agriculture on the farm, in schools, and around the home.

Production Agriculture:
Statewide Variety Testing
Statewide Variety Testing Which varieties should you plant? The variety testing team does the work and research for farmers.
UGA Weather Network
UGA Weather Network Reliable weather information for agricultural and environmental applications, including soil temperature, rainfall, wind speed, and more.
Pesticide Safety Education
Pesticide Safety Education Everything you need to achieve certification and maintain the knowledge to safely and effectively make use of restricted-use and all other types of pesticides.
Sustainable Agriculture A collection of resources for those interested in production and marketing practices that are profitable, environmentally sound, and that improve the quality of life for farmers, farm workers, and the community.
Ag Budgets and Economics Resources for production economics, farm management, marketing, situation and outlook, risk management, financial management, farm policy, labor, and taxation.
Farmgate Value Report
Farmgate Value Report Annual county-level reports documenting the value of all food and fiber commodities grown in the state.
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Home & Garden:
Soil Testing
Soil Testing Ensure that your soil is productive! Get your soil tested to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth.
Pest Management
Pest Management Recommendations for pest control around homes, on pets, in the home garden, and more.
Household Water Quality
Household Water Quality Water quality has an immediate and a prolonged effect on the health of your household. This publication series contains basic information about home water quality and treatment.
Home Garden Publication Series
Home Garden Publication Series Topics include garden planning, soil preparation, weed control, pollination, disease and insect control, harvesting, and preserving.
Georgia Green Industry Professional Development The UGA Center for Urban Agriculture offers professional training and certifications for the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional, Georgia Certified Plant Professional exam and Super Crew employee training series.
Community and School Gardens This Community and School Gardens blog is designed to help community and school gardeners succeed by connecting them to UGA Extension and other research-based resources.
Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources Whether you'd like to help protect the environment, teach your students how to avoid chronic diseases with healthy food and physical activity, or train food handlers in your cafeteria, University of Georgia Extension can help.
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