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Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program

UGA Extension is offering the Journeyman Farmer Program virtually in 2021. This comprehensive two-part program is designed for people considering, beginning, or operating small farms.


Citizen Science at Work - August 21st and 22nd, 2020  Coordinated by University of Georgia Extension  Protecting Georgia's pollinators one count at a time!

No Asian Giant Hornets have been found in Georgia

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.
The USDA Inspector General has requested states to gather up seeds.
Mail Seeds to:
Tifton Seed Laboratory
PO Box 1507
3150 U.S. Hwy 41 South
Tifton, Georgia 31793

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UGA Today News Articles

Your Household Water Quality

Drought Information

UGA Weather Network  

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

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How Do I Obtain a Pesticide Applicators License?

Private Pesticide License Page

Commercial Pesticide License Page

Georgia Professional Certifications Store Front


Certified Pesticide Applicators must earn a required number of recertification credits every five years or be reexamined. Recertification credits may be earned by attending education meetings approved by the Georgia Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Program. You can search for Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification Courses by type of license (Commercial or Private), license category, or course date.

Private applicators must obtain three (3) re-certification credit hours in order to renew the Private Applicator license. Commercial applicators must obtain either six (6) or ten (10) recertification credit hours per licensed category (see CEU requirements for commercial and private categories) to renew their Commercial Applicator license. We also have a series of PowerPoint presentations and webinars you can view at our office for credit. Email to set up an appointment.

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.

Affidavit and Private Pesticide Application  



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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We have many beneficial snakes in our region, including rat snakes, hognose snakes, black racers, and garter snakes. Of the 46-snake species in Georgia, only six are venomous, and only three are known to be in our area: the copperhead, , the pygmy rattlesnake and the timber or canebrake rattlesnake    You can learn more about snakes in Georgia here:  Non-Venomous Snakes

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.

USDA Forest Service - Woolly Adelgid Information Site

Fish Pond Management

Consultants & Fish Suppliers
Got Problems?
County Agents can help you with weed identification and control recommendations for your pond. It's best to collect a sample in a jar or zip-lock bag or digital photos in early spring and submit them to your local Extension Office for identification.

Aquaplant Weed ID Tool

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 2019 in Lumpkin County was $48,989,410. 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
  • 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.
  • Vegetable Garden Calendar (C 943) The recommendations in this circular are based on long-term average dates of the last killing frost in the spring and first killing frost in the fall. Every year does not conform to the "average," so you should use your own judgment about advancing or delaying the time for each job, depending on weather conditions.
  • 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.
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