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Georgia Agriculture Sales Tax Exemption Program (GATE)


Georgia Agriculture Sales Tax Exemption Program (GATE)
The Georgia Department of Agriculture is implementing a sales tax program for agricultural producers. Producer must submit an application and payment to become part of the program. More information is available at the GATE website.

Pesticide Applicator Licensing


The University of Georgia facilitates licensing for the Georgia Private Pesticide Applicator License. The testing for this license is online and there is a $25 fee for this test. For more information on receiving this license, please visit the UGA Extension Pesticide Safety Education webpage.




USDA Confirms Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Georgia

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 2, 2022 – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a non-commercial, backyard flock (non-poultry) in Toombs County, Georgia.

Samples from the flock were tested at the Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network (GPLN), part of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, and confirmed at the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa.

APHIS is working closely with state animal health officials in Georgia on a joint incident response. State officials quarantined the affected premises, and birds on the property were depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease. Birds from the flock will not enter the food system. 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the public health risk associated with these avian influenza detections in birds remains low.  As a reminder, the proper handling and cooking of all poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 ˚F is recommended as a general food safety precaution.

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Ag Snaphots 2021 Top 10 Industries Affected in terms of employment INDUSTRY EMPLOYMENT All other crop farming 47,381 Landscape and horticultural services 35,056 Poultry processing 34,877 Support activities for agriculture and forestry 16,617 Forestry, forest products and timber tract production 9,914 Truck transportation 9,460 Real estate 8,215 Commercial logging 6,670


AgSnapshots 2021

Our reports provide annual state- and county-level information about the value of all food and fiber commodities grown in Georgia. Ag Snapshots: A brief focus on Georgia's agricultural industry and are based on the Georgia Farm Gate Value Report from the previous year with helpful infographics and maps.; Farm Gate Value Report: An annual compilation of data on over 80 commodities across the state.


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Extension Publications
Vegetable Garden Calendar
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
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
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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Spalding County Office Contact Info

Whether you'd like to increase your crop yield, grow a healthier vegetable garden, or test the quality of your drinking water your County Extension Office can help. Soil testing and water testing kits can be obtained from our office and sent labs in Athens. Results are emailed back to the homeowner or farmer in 7-10 business days. Got questions about your results? Philip Hensley, Spalding County ANR Agent, will be happy to help. 

County agents are the face of all the programming and services we offer. From giving expert advice to leading meetings and classes, these public service faculty members assess needs and tailor information to their local communities.

Upcoming Events
Jun 29 Citizen Science Academy 2022 Griffin, GA Learn about some of the most exciting citizen science projects through Citizen Science Academy! Spend the morning learning about the numerous opportunities and choose the project track that you would like to pursue in the afternoon. This program is perfect for teachers, homeschool coordinators and scientists of all ages. Project Tracks: - Georgia Adopt-A-Stream - Georgia DNR Things that Fly - Georgia Pollinator Census - And more! Why Citizen Science? - Citizen science helps researchers and scientists have a broader reach and data base. - Citizen science is an engaging way to collaborate with and give back to your community. - Citizen science is a way to bring classroom lessons to life and reinforce concepts.
Jun 30 Trees for Bees - (18.0 miles) Trees for Bees- Our pollinators need our help! There are many things that you can do in your landscapes, and one is to plant trees that will encourage bees. Dr. Elizbeth Mccarty will highlight different ornamental trees that can be a magnet for pollinators. This program is an archive session, but Dr. Mccarty will be live to answer questions.
Sep 8 Master Naturalist Lagrange, GA - (52.0 miles) The Georgia Master Naturalist program is an adult environmental education course that explores habitats and ecosystems in Georgia and human impacts on those environments. A variety of topics, including: wildlife, stream ecology, geology, pollinators, wildflowers, forestry, and others will be covered during this 8-week program in a combination of lectures and field trips.
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