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Your Household Water Quality


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UGA Weather Network  

Reliable weather information for agricultural and environmental applications, including soil temperature, rainfall, wind speed, and more.


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Georgia Private Pesticide Applicators Exam

The Georgia Private Pesticide Applicator Exam may be completed online. Click here to access the Exam link.  Please ensure you have access to a working printer before you begin the exam to print the Private Pesticide Applicators License Application. Click on the pesticides video link below for the testing video to acquire your Private Pesticide License.

Please print and complete both forms to ensure you have all documents needed to obtain your license. After all paperwork is completed bring all documents by the Extension office to complete the process. If you have questions, please call our office at 706-864-2275.


Georgia Bee Information

Agriculture & Natural Resources Publications

Managing Mold in Homes

Mold in your home can be a serious health hazard. While molds come in a variety of forms, all of them can be potentially harmful to your health. Unless preventative steps are taken, mold can progress from being an unwanted visitor in your home to an almost permanent resident. Learn what attracts mold growth and how to keep it from growing in your apartment or home.

Removing Mold in Your Home

Preventing Mold in Your Home

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Woolly Adelgid

Our office has information on the hemlock woolly adelgid it is a tiny pest posing a giant threat to the hemlock trees in Georgia. Visit our office today we have information available on treatment chemical control and the identification.

Fish Pond Management

Lumpkin County has a strong agricultural base.  That is often overlooked or taken for granted in these days of rapid county growth. Agricultural production, however, makes many significant contributions to our local economy and quality of life.

Agricultural sales have been and will continue to be an important part of our local economic base. The gross farm income for the year 2016 in Lumpkin County was $45,698,655. This agricultural income creates a "ripple" effect. In other words, it is estimated that each dollar of agricultural production generates seven dollars in the local economy. (For example: fuel and farm supply sales, labor and trucking income).

Agricultural in Lumpkin includes poultry, livestock, and commercial horticulture production. Other important production includes the growing of pumpkins and a wide range of commercial vegetables. Recently pick your own strawberries and vegetables have become available in the county. Five wineries are currently in operation. Excellent quality grapes have been produced in Lumpkin County. The vineyards have hosted special events that tie in well with the local tourist industry.

Lumpkin County should be proud of its agricultural strength, diversity, and heritage. It enhances the quality of life enjoyed by every citizen.

Total Number of Farms: 292
Average Farm Size: 75 Acres
Average Age of Owner: 59

The services available from the UGA Extension Office are free with the exception of certain laboratory charges.

Services include

  • Educational programs on various topics related to agriculture and natural resources.
  • Laboratory Services include: Soil testing, water testing, analysis of fertilizers, testing of hay and feeds, poultry litter testing, water test for aquaculture, and plant tissue testing.
  • Identification and Control recommendation for weeds, insect pests, and plant diseases.
  • Training and supervision of Master Gardener volunteers.
  • Trouble shooting visits to farms and home landscapes.
  • Educational literature and free publications.
  • Nutrient Management Planning for Poultry Farms.
  • Coordination of local Livestock Association Meetings and events.
  • Training of pesticide applicators.

Extension Publications
  • Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water (C 1016) Homeowners sometimes experience unpleasant odors in their household water. In many cases, the exact cause of the odor is difficult to determine by water testing; however, this publication provides a few general recommendations for treating some common causes of household water odors.
  • Native Plants for Georgia Part I: Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines (B 987) This publication focuses on native trees, shrubs and woody vines for Georgia. It is not our intent to describe all native species — just those available in the nursery trade and those that the authors feel have potential for nursery production and landscape use. Rare or endangered species are not described. Information on each plant is provided according to the following categories: Common Name(s)/Botanical Name/Family, Characteristics, Landscape Uses, Size, Zones and Habitat.
  • Conversion Tables, Formulas and Suggested Guidelines for Horticultural Use (B 931) Pesticide and fertilizer recommendations are often made on a pounds per acre and tons per acre basis. While these may be applicable to field production of many crops, orchardists, nurserymen and greenhouse operators often must convert these recommendations to smaller areas, such as row feet, square feet, or even per tree or per pot. Thus pints, cups, ounces, tablespoons and teaspoons are the common units of measure. The conversion is frequently complicated by metric units of measure. This publication is designed to aid growers in making these calculations and conversions, and also provides other data useful in the management, planning and operation of horticultural enterprises.
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