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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 2019 UGA Farm Gate Report, Madison County is #8 in agricultural production, with a total farm gate value of more than $256 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.

Master Cattlemen's Program

Hosted by Madison and Oglethorpe Counties

The UGA Beef Team is excited to offer the Master Cattlemen's Program. This program involves detailed, in-depth educational seminars related to beef cattle. The program lasts 8 weeks and meets on Monday evenings September 13-November 1 from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Master Cattlemen's Program Registration Form

Master Cattlemen's Program Agenda

Master Cattlemen's Program Information

73rd Annual Madison County Fair Exhibit Competition—September 21-25, 2021

Hundreds of exhibits and twelve community fair booths will be entered in the fair this year. The Comer Lions Club sponsors ribbons and prize money. Those placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place win premium prizes for their winning entries in the amounts of $5, $4, and $3 respectively. Youth and adults will be judged separately. Every effort will be taken to protect items, but the Lions Club cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to entries. Those interested in entering a craft, canned good, sewing, crochet, knitting, or artwork should read and pay CLOSE attention to the following rules that have undergone specific changes this year.

Check in for exhibits will be Friday, September 17th from 4 to 6 p.m. or Saturday, September 18h from 1 to 5 p.m. Exhibits must be dropped off on these two days as judging will take place on Monday, September 20th. Exhibits should stay all week and may be picked up the end of the fair. Pick up will only be on Sunday, September 26th from 2-4 p.m.

Fair Exhibit Tags for each entry will be available to pick up prior to Exhibit Check-in at the Madison County Extension Office starting Friday, September 3rd for those who wish to fill them out in advance. I look forward to leading a wonderful fair, for all of your amazing exhibits.

Fair Exhibit Divisions and Classes List

From Our Blog
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Protecting Georgia’s pollinators one count at a time
Protecting Georgia’s pollinators one count at a time Posted by Carole Knight on Aug 12, 2021 Did you know that between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination? They need pollinators. Pollinators help over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops. That means that 1 out of every 3 bites of food you eat is there because...
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Bermudagrass Pasture Decline
Bermudagrass Pasture Decline Posted by Carole Knight on Aug 12, 2021 Bermudagrass decline is a term that broadly describes the gradual thinning and sometimes the outright loss of pasture grass stands over time.  The term is broad because the problem is often linked to several different causes.  These primary causes are often exacerbated by extreme environmental stresses like drought, heavy rainfalls,...
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Upcoming Events
  • Sep 20 Northeast Georgia Master Cattlemen's Program The UGA Beef Team is excited to offer the Master Cattlemen's Program. This program involves detailed, in-depth educational seminars related to beef cattle. The program lasts 8 weeks and meets on Monday evenings Sept 13-Nov 1 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. This program is being co-hosted by Madison and Oglethorpe Counties.
    • Crawford, GA - (19.0 Miles)
  • Sep 21 Georgia Master Naturalist The Georgia Master Naturalist program is a series of weekly programs with specific environmental topics. This program is a hands-on environmental education course that explores habitats and ecosystems in Georgia and human impacts on those environments. This program is a combination of lectures and outside hands-on learning through field studies and relevant resources. An informed person can help make changes in their lives as well as their community and safeguard the environment. After completing this fun and interactive program, Georgia Master Naturalists are encouraged to share their knowledge with their communities by volunteering in local schools or nature centers. Barrow County topics: Basic Ecology, Native Plants and Pollinators, Water Conservation; Trees of Georgia; mammals of Georgia; Herpetology; Fish and Fisheries; Birds of Georgia; Edible Plants; Forest Management; Invasive Plants, and more!
    • Winder, GA - (27.0 Miles)
  • Sep 21 Lunch and Learn / Cool Season Forages for Cattle Lunch and Learn program for Oglethorpe County area beef producers. Guest speaker will be Carole Knight, Madison County Extension.
    • Crawford, GA - (19.0 Miles)
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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!

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Young Senegalese Farmers
Young Senegalese Farmers In a Sept. 22 webinar, researchers from UGA and Virginia Tech will present early findings from research exploring why young people abandon agriculture in Senegal, where more than 1,000 peanut-growing households were surveyed. By Allison Floyd | Published: 9/16/2021
Bug Lighting
Bug Lighting Turning off exterior lights or changing bulb types can cut down on buggy night visitors. By Paul Pugliese | Published: 9/15/2021

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