UGA Extension Office


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Status Update

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

Healthy Georgia Connections Newsletter

Office Hours and Lunch Time Soil Sample Drop Off

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 8AM-12PM and 1PM-5PM. We are closed for lunch daily from 12PM-1PM. If you come to drop off a soil sample during our lunch hour, we have a soil sample station outside our door. It's got everything you will need: bags, shovel, manila envelopes for payment and a form to fill out with your contact information. Soil samples are $8 each. You can drop your cash (exact change) or check in a manila envelope and slide it under our door. Or you can choose to pay via credit card. We will call you when we re-open, you provide us your card information and we will email you your receipt immediately after the transaction. During business hours please come inside, we enjoy building relationships with our clients!


What Extension Can Do for You

  • Soil Sampling
  • Water Testing
  • Plant Tissue Diagnosis
  • Homeowner Horticulture Classes
  • Site visits to homes and farms
  • Plant and Insect identification
  • Publications on a variety of topics
  • Activities for 4-H and Youth Development such as Summer Camp, Project Achievement and Project S.A.F.E. (shotgun and archery)
  • Canning and Preserving Information
  • Healthy Eating Education
  • Child Care Training
  • Pressure Cooker Testing

To learn more about any of these services, use the sidebar to navigate through our program areas.  Call 478-987-2028 with questions.


The 2020 Great Georgia Pollinator Census

On August 21st and 22nd Georgians across the state will join together to count pollinators as part of the second Great Georgia Pollinator Census In 2019, over 4,500 participants documented over 131,000 insect visits as part of the inaugural census. We hope to increase the number of participants this year.

In 2019, over 100 events centering on the census took place across the state. With the unknowns surrounding the coronavirus, this count may look a bit different. This year we are encouraging participants to plan on counting at home with their families.

Participants are asked to count pollinators on a favorite pollinator plant for 15 minutes. A “favorite” pollinator plant is one that shows an abundance of insect activity. Counters place the insects they find into one of eight categories:

• bumble bees
• carpenter bees
• small bees
• honey bees
• wasps
• flies
• butterflies/moths
• other insects

The goals of the project are to gather data on our pollinator insect population, to create pollinator habitat, and to increase entomological literacy around these insects. The project is housed on the website ( ) and all information on the census is found there. The Insect Counting and Identification Guide gives detailed instructions on counting. Interested citizens can sign up for a monthly newsletter full of information on pollinator gardening and insect identification.

This project is perfect for schools doing STEAM work and can be administered remotely for teachers whose schools are meeting virtually. Educational pieces are posted on the Georgia Pollinator Census Facebook page and are available for teachers to copy for later use in the classroom. An educator page including lesson plan links is attached to the website.

Won’t you join us this year? We are protecting pollinators one count at a time! For more information contact your local UGA Cooperative Extension office or Becky Griffin, project coordinator, at


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Extension News
  • Precision Ag Specialist Precision Ag Specialist Simerjeet "Simer" Virk is now an assistant professor and precision agriculture Extension specialist at UGA-Tifton. By Josh Paine | Published: 8/13/2020
  • No insect apocalypse No insect apocalypse Long-term ecological site study shows no net insect changes By Josh Paine | Published: 8/11/2020
  • COVID-19 Cell Immunity COVID-19 Cell Immunity First study to show taste bud cell immunity from contact with virus particle. By Charlene Betourney | Published: 8/10/2020
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So Easy To Preserve Book (6th Edition)

Available to purchase in our office


This 388-page book covers topics on Preserving Food, Canning, Pickled Products, Sweet Spreads and Syrups, Freezing and Drying. There are 10 new products and two revised product recommendations in this edition. It's suitable for both new and veteran food preservers. This book is a great resource for everyone! 


How to Safely Prepare and Freeze Sweet Onions

La Keshia Levi has prepared some guidelines and tips for you regarding preparing and frezzing your sweet onions. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact her at