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From the Newton Extension ANR Blog
Best Practices- Fun(gus) Food
Best Practices- Fun(gus) Food Posted by Ashley Best on May 22, 2023 Growing Oyster Mushrooms at Home Ingredients: Procedure: Instructions at home: Troubleshooting:
Turfgrass Spring Blog #1:2023 Edition Warm-season Grass Green-up
Turfgrass Spring Blog #1:2023 Edition Warm-season Grass Green-up Posted by Ashley Best on May 12, 2023 By: Clint Waltz, Ph.D.University of Georgia Turfgrass Specialist As a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension turfgrass specialist, I have received numerous calls and emails over the past couple of weeks regarding warm-season turfgrass “green-up” issues. Fortunately, my travel schedule has taken me statewide over the past month. I have had opportunity to see grass over an array […]
Tips to Increase Equine Water Intake in the Winter
Tips to Increase Equine Water Intake in the Winter Posted by Ashley Best on Dec 12, 2022 Hydration can prevent colic and keep your horse healthy this winter. Winter time already presents challenges with riding and exercising, but don’t let your horse’s water intake be one of those. Monitoring water consumption is essential in the Winter time to prevent impaction colic. If problems with hydration or colic arise, consult with your veterinarian […]
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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.