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From the Newton Extension ANR Blog

Best Practices: Armadillo Control Posted by Ashley Best on Apr 16, 2024
Our office has been getting increasingly more calls about random holes in clients’ yards and their flower garden areas rooted up. After assessing photos and conducting site visits, it was quickly determined that armadillos were the offender. Armadillos can destroy flower beds, root up lawns and test the sanity of homeowners. They are considered an […]
Best Practices: Springtime Preparation Posted by Ashley Best on Apr 15, 2024
In preparation for Springtime, the outdoors fun is right around the corner. By accomplishing a few outdoor chores early, we can look for a landscape that should provide us beauty and enjoyment all year. The list of possible landscape jobs is almost endless but focus on the essential tasks. It is not too late to […]
Small Farm Business Development Conference 2024 Posted by Ashley Best on Jan 25, 2024
Date: Friday March 15th and Saturday March 16th, 2024 Time: 9:00am- 4:30pm Location: UGA Griffin Campus | 1109 Experiment St. Griffin, GA 30223 To Register:

Staff Listing

Because of her passion for agriculture, Ashley Best has spent the past seven years as a high school agricultural educator teaching Animal and Veterinary Science classes. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Georgia and her Masters of Science in Agricultural Education, Leadership and Communication from the University of Missouri. Ashley currently resides in Morgan County and is excited to join the Northwest District. She hopes to use her knowledge and experience in agriculture to be a valuable resource in Newton County. In her spare time, she enjoys barrel racing and riding horses as well as spending time with her family.

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.