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Agriculture & Natural Resources

Our goal is to assist and educate local farmers, businesses, homeowners, gardeners and Master Gardener Extension Volunteers with information about plant identification, plant diseases, insect identification, pest control, soil and water testing. 

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James Murphy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent

James was born and raised in South Carolina, and received his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Clemson University. He went on to get a Master of Science from UGA in Entomology. He has worked in lab and field settings for several years, and is passionate about insects, wildlife, and natural resources. In his free time he enjoys riding his bike, fishing, and tending his herb garden.


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Extension Publications
  • Vegetable Garden Calendar (C 943) The recommendations in this circular are based on long-term average dates of the last killing frost in the spring and first killing frost in the fall. Every year does not conform to the "average," so you should use your own judgment about advancing or delaying the time for each job, depending on weather conditions.
  • Native Plants for Georgia Part I: Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines (B 987) This publication focuses on native trees, shrubs and woody vines for Georgia. It is not our intent to describe all native species — just those available in the nursery trade and those that the authors feel have potential for nursery production and landscape use. Rare or endangered species are not described. Information on each plant is provided according to the following categories: Common Name(s)/Botanical Name/Family, Characteristics, Landscape Uses, Size, Zones and Habitat.
  • Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water (C 1016) Homeowners sometimes experience unpleasant odors in their household water. In many cases, the exact cause of the odor is difficult to determine by water testing; however, this publication provides a few general recommendations for treating some common causes of household water odors.
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Upcoming Events
  • May 26 Beekeeping Workshop The apiary is buzzing with workers, and after a few times in the hive, many beekeepers have questions. Get those questions answered by a Master Beekeeper! This program is perfect for "newbees" and those who want a different perspective.
    • Zebulon, GA - (47.0 Miles)
  • May 28 - May 30 Project SAFE State Trap, Skeet & Sporting Clays Match 4-H Target Sports Event
    • Savannah, GA - (209.0 Miles)
  • May 31 - Jun 3 Statewide District Officers' Training 4-H Officer training
    • Eatonton, GA - (47.0 Miles)
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