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Agriculture & Natural Resources


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.


Grow A Garden From Scratch

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Georgia's Brood XIX is here: 

Periodical cicadas make their mark on the Southeast
There is no doubt about it: the periodical cicadas have arrived. “Brood XIX (Brood 19) is Georgia’s only 13-year cicada. The Great Southern Brood is the largest periodical cicada brood in North America, covering at least a dozen states in the Southeast,” said Nancy Hinkle, professor in the University of Georgia Department of Entomology. “This year, millions of periodical cicadas are emerging in Georgia from now until Memorial Day.”
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Upcoming Events

  • Jun 15 Open Garden Days: ACC Demonstration Garden: Where Knowledge and Inspriation Grow Join UGA Extension Master Gardeners in Athens-Clarke County for Open Garden Days at the ACC Demonstration Garden. Visit our garden to learn about vegetable and ornamental gardening. Events are free and open to the public. Visitors who complete our garden tour survey are entered to win one of several prize baskets! Please see our listing in the linked comprehensive Garden Guide for specific site details. The ACC Demonstration Garden is a creative, relaxing space, where the public can experience seasonal ornamental plants as well as a thriving vegetable garden. Many of the flowers and plants are neatly labeled. The Master Gardeners who curate this space have provided examples of inspiration for any kind of gardener. From up-cycled trellises and birdhouses to a native pollinator palace and towering corn or okra, there are ideas and new experiences for everyone.
    • Bogart, GA - (62.0 Miles)
  • Jun 17 Clase de ServSafe para Gerentes y examen para obtener la certificación El programa de capacitación en seguridad alimentaria de ServSafe lidera el camino al proporcionar materiales educativos al día e integrales a la industria de servicios de alimentos. La clase y el examen ServSafe para Gerentes son reconocidos por más jurisdicciones federales, estatales y locales que cualquier otra certificación de seguridad alimentaria y en Georgia, la ley exige la certificación de seguridad alimentaria. La Extensión de la Universidad de Georgia en Gwinnett se complace en ofrecer la clase y el examen de certificación de ServSafe para gerentes en español. Class, Book, and Test $150 Retest - $70 Contacte a Ines Beltran a inesb@uga.edu or al 678-477-4014
    • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Jun 17 MGEV Open Garden Days - PAR (Plant a Row) 2024 marks the 45th birthday of the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program! In celebration of this milestone, Fayette County Extension, along with other participating counties, has volunteered to open our demonstration gardens to the public for Open Garden Days! On this day, our PAR Garden will be open to the public from 9am - 12pm.
    • Fayetteville, GA - (18.0 Miles)

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

 

AG Snapshots 2022


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.

 

Georgia Agricultural Statistics - Publications | Agribusiness and Economic Development


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.
Time Management: 10 Strategies for Better Time Management
Time Management: 10 Strategies for Better Time Management (C 1042) Learn 10 strategies for better time management, including knowing how to spend your time, setting priorities, using planning tools, getting organized, scheduling, delegating, and avoiding procrastinating, wasting time, and multitasking.
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Staff Listing

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 15 Open Garden Days: ACC Demonstration Garden: Where Knowledge and Inspriation Grow Bogart, GA - (62.0 miles) Join UGA Extension Master Gardeners in Athens-Clarke County for Open Garden Days at the ACC Demonstration Garden. Visit our garden to learn about vegetable and ornamental gardening. Events are free and open to the public. Visitors who complete our garden tour survey are entered to win one of several prize baskets! Please see our listing in the linked comprehensive Garden Guide for specific site details. The ACC Demonstration Garden is a creative, relaxing space, where the public can experience seasonal ornamental plants as well as a thriving vegetable garden. Many of the flowers and plants are neatly labeled. The Master Gardeners who curate this space have provided examples of inspiration for any kind of gardener. From up-cycled trellises and birdhouses to a native pollinator palace and towering corn or okra, there are ideas and new experiences for everyone.
Jun 17 MGEV Open Garden Days - PAR (Plant a Row) Fayetteville, GA - (18.0 miles) 2024 marks the 45th birthday of the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program! In celebration of this milestone, Fayette County Extension, along with other participating counties, has volunteered to open our demonstration gardens to the public for Open Garden Days! On this day, our PAR Garden will be open to the public from 9am - 12pm.
Jun 18 Inside the Hive Fayetteville, GA - (18.0 miles) Have you ever wondered what exactly goes on inside a honeybee hive? There's a lot of work to be done! Come join us as Tom Bonnell, Henry County Beekeeper, shows you just what is going on inside the hive throughout the year. There will not be any live bees at this program.