UGA Extension Office

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Extension Serves the Entire Community

Jasper County Extension offers a wealth of information and services to residents of our county. Our Agriculture and Natural Resources programs provide research -based information, educational programming, and resources to homeowners and commercial clientele in a variety of areas. Water and soil testing information and access to UGA publications are available through our office as well. 

ANR Agent

Derrick Jones has been with Jasper County Extension since July 2022.

Before coming to Jasper County, Derrick served as a 4-H/Agriculture Agent for Auburn University in Henry County, AL, an Agriculture Teacher/FFA advisor for 7 years, an Assistant Principal/CTAE Director in Hart County, GA for 12 years and a Vice Principal in Alaska for 3 years.

Upcoming Events
  • Feb 29 Help on the Homestead Series Do you have small acreage and want to begin a farm? Join us for this program series where we will learn about different farming pathways for small acreage!   This series will have a weekly session on Thursdays in which we will focus on a different homesteading topic! Each of the sessions is from 6:00-7:00 at the Hart EMC Meeting Room. When you register, you will be able to select which of the classes you would like to attend, whether that is just one or all five! The following are the dates and topics for the five Help on the Homestead sessions:  Session One: February 15 - Goat and Sheep Production Session Two: February 22 - Managing Small Scale Beef Operations Session Three: February 29 - Managing Backyard Flocks Session Four: March 7 - Home Fruit and Vegetable Production  Session Five: March 14 - Food Preservation and Taking your Products to Market We hope to see you in February and March to learn more about how to get the most out of your small acreage! 
    • Hartwell, GA - (88.0 Miles)
  • Mar 1 Green-Up A Landscaper's Update for Central GA. Hosted by Bibb and Houston Counties.
    • Perry, GA - (59.0 Miles)
  • Mar 4 Soil Health Field Day The Global Growers farm team will share three years of organic soil improvement strategies, and expert soil scientists will take a deeper dive into testing methods, reading results, and the art of matching improvement strategies to the specific needs of different soil types. An overview of USDA and local Extension Resources that support soil health will be provided. This field day will be highly valuable for: - Crop producers looking for ways to improve their soil’s fertility - Growers curious about what cover crop mixes would work best for them - Farmers interested in learning more about organic soil inputs and how to best apply them - Growers who want to learn from soil lab scientists the best methods for taking soil samples - Anyone who wants to better understand the principles of organic soil health practices This educational field day is co-hosted by Global Growers Network and Sihi Biogeochemistry Lab with support from the UGA Extension.
    • Conyers, GA - (35.0 Miles)

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.
Soil Testing
Georgia Green Landscape Stewards The Georgia Green Landscape Stewards program provides fact-based information to help businesses and residences in Georgia implement sustainable green practices in their landscape.
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.