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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.

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Healthy Georgia Connections Newsletter

Healthy Georgia Connections Newsletter


Welcome to Madison County!

Located only 17 miles northeast of Athens-Clarke County and the University of Georgia, Madison County covers 285 square miles in the Piedmont region of Northeast Georgia. Madison County's number one industry is agriculture. According to the 2017 UGA Farm Gate Report, Madison County is #2 in agricultural production, with a total farm gate value of more than $520 Million.

Much of the agriculture in the county is centered around Georgia's large poultry industry, but Madison County also has a diversified agriculture, with many acres devoted to beef cattle, goats, and sheep; hay, soybeans, and small grains; as well as timber production and several small vegetable farms that raise produce for farmers markets.

From Our Blog
Using Pesticides Wisely Virtual Trainings 2021 Posted by Carole Knight on Mar 4, 2021 The 2021 “Using Pesticides Wisely” trainings will begin in March and will be virtual. UPW trainings are for those applying and using the herbicide technologies listed below. Everyone will be required to take it this year regardless of whether you took it within the last two years. Please see the requirements...
Sow the seeds for a bountiful garden
Sow the seeds for a bountiful garden Posted by Carole Knight on Mar 4, 2021 Although it’s still cold and wintery outside, it is time to start prepping for warmer weather and spring gardening.  If your gardening goal is to fill your pantry with an array of homegrown food, then starting plants from seed can help you achieve that goal. Starting seeds indoors under controlled...
Hate those pesky “stickers” in your yard in Spring and Summer? Posted by Carole Knight on Feb 5, 2021 I get a lot of calls in the late Spring about “stickers” in the yard. By that time it is too late to treat/control. The plant is called spurweed and NOW is the time to apply control options. With all the moisture we have had, it is very prevalent right...
Winter mud – how to save your pastures during hay feeding season!
Winter mud – how to save your pastures during hay feeding season! Posted by Carole Knight on Feb 5, 2021 On our farm, dealing with mud in high traffic feeding areas is a constant battle. Jeremy Kichler, Colquitt County Ag Agent and Forage Extension Member, discusses strategies for mud mitigation. If you are feeding hay in the winter, eventually you are going to have to deal with mud.  Mud increases...
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Upcoming Events
  • Jan 25 - Apr 5 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) VITA is a FREE tax preparation service provided through the University of Georgia. This program is available Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm at the Monroe County Extension Office. APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED for this service. Please call 478-994-7014 or email to see if you qualify or to make an appointment.
    • Forsyth, GA - (88.0 Miles)
  • Mar 8 ServSafe Manager Certification Training and Exam Georgia Cooperative Extension provides the nationally recognized and accredited ServSafe® training for foodservice managers from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). Upon successful completion of the ServSafe® examination, the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager certificate will be issued by the NRAEF. Workshops are offered in multiple locations throughout the state; see each training's contact for details.
    • Sandersville, GA - (85.0 Miles)
  • Mar 8 Two Agents & the FACS Podcast Friendly discussions on reliable, relatable and research-based topics with University of Georgia Family & Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension Agents. Our goal is to serve and promote healthy living for everyone. We will cover issues related to family, food, health, money and homes. Timely topics and Resourceful Tips. UGA FACS Agents, Leslie and Carrie, host friendly discussions on reliable, relatable and research-based information on real-life issues.
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Madison County 4-H Fundraisers

Our 4-H'ers work hard throughout the year to raise funds to attend camps, group competitions, and other great events that help develop them into better people and future leaders.  We will update our website and social media with reminders of upcoming fundraisers.  Please help these students by contributing.

If you would like to make a generous donation towards our general Extension and 4-H funds, or designate funds to a specific activity like summer camp, please contact our office.

What is UGA Extension?

UGA Extension is a partnership (Cooperation) between The University of Georgia,
the U. S. Department of Agriculture, and individual counties. UGA Extension delivers current research conducted at universities and research farms to the citizens of each county based on their individual needs. This delivery system allows UGA Extension to be on the forefront of food safety, technology, research, and education; keeping Georgia’s economy strong and making life better for Georgians. Visit the UGA Extension website to find out more!

Frank McGill dies
Frank McGill dies McGill was known for helping Georgia advance to the No. 1 state for peanut production. By Josh Paine | Published: 3/5/2021
Pesticide trainings stay virtual
Pesticide trainings stay virtual Using Pesticides Wisely offering 11 virtual sessions for 2021 By Sean Montgomery | Published: 3/4/2021
Marketing webinars
Marketing webinars A free four-part webinar series will be held weekly beginning March 8. By Josh Paine | Published: 3/4/2021
Fast Snaps
Fast Snaps Study found that the mechanism that drives the jaws of trap-jaw ants evolved independently several times in a single ant genus. By Maria M. Lameiras | Published: 3/2/2021

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