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January is National Radon Action Month (NRAM).

Does your home have radon? Radon gets into a building by moving up through the ground and then through cracks and holes in the foundation. Buildings can trap radon, which can lead to harmful concentrations. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Make sure your indoor air is safe to breathe.

Also, If your drinking water comes from a private well, you should have it tested. Learn more about water testing @ UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Labs. Kits can also be picked up at our office.  The cost of testing water is $40.00

For more information on Radon and to order kits for testing indoor air, go to UGA RadonKits are also available at our office at 1113 Usher Street, Suite 200, Covington, Georgia. The cost of the test kit is $13.00 (if ordered online) or $10.00 if you get from our office. 

Please contact us at 770-784-2010 if you have any questions. 




South Korea Visitors

Newton County Extension Agent Ted Wynne was pleased to host South Korean researchers on a tour of Crystal Organic Farm this week during their UGA program. The researchers pictured are: Mr. In Kyu Lee, the leader of the group, and Mr. Hyeon Seok Ko, Rural Development Administration; Mr. Sooncheol Sohn, Korea Forest Service; Ms Soonpil Kwon, Mr. Jeong-seob Kim, and Ms Da-Young Kang, Statistics Korea, Statistical Research Institute.

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Ted Wynne has been an ag agent for 27 years. Ted assists Newton County farmers, homeowners, business owners and government officials with issues concerning agriculture and natural resources. Call or email Ted with your questions.

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.
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.