UGA Extension Office

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Backyard Business Series

Upcoming Events

Understanding Soil Fertility (Part 1 of the Backyard Business Series)

MARCH 11TH  |  3:00 PM

This seminar will be an in-depth focus on understanding the importance of proper soil pH and soil nutrients and the critical role they play in producing healthy plants. For more information, visit our events page.



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Backyard Business Series

Backyard Business Series


Toccoa-Stephens County Public Library

53 W Savannah Street

Toccoa, GA 30577


Six programs will be held in the Backyard Business series presented by Toccoa-Stephens County Public Library. Please contact the Toccoa-Stephens County Public Library at (706) 886-6082 if you have any questions about this series. Below are descriptions for each program.


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Visit our Events Page for more information about each program in the "Backyard Business" Series.

Testing Services

We provide testing for:

  • Soil Analysis
  • Plant Tissue Analysis
  • Water Quality
  • Animal Waste
  • Feeds and Forages
  • Biosolids
  • Microbiology
  • Pesticides
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Special Analysis
  • Waste Water
  • Trace Analysis 

Whether you'd like to increase your crop yield, grow healthier roses, test the quality of your drinking water, or make sure your creek isn't polluted, we can help. To submit samples to the lab, contact Thad Glenn at the Stephens County Extension Office by phone at 706-779-5501 or e-mail at

Publications on our testing services:

Soil Testing     Feed & Forage Testing

Poultry Litter Testing     Water Testing

Visit  Agricultural & Environmental Services Laboratories for additional information about testing.


Listed below are our most commonly requested tests and their fees. Other testing is available at cost of test with shipping.

Commonly Requested Tests

Soil Testing

  Routine Soil Test (S1)
    First Sample $10
    Two Samples $24
    Three or more $10 each

Feed & Forage Testing

  NIR + nitrate + minerals (F1) $48 each  
  NIR + nitrate (F2) $28 each  
  NIR only (F3) $23 each  

Poultry Litter Testing

  Poultry Litter Routine $60 each  
  For Nutrient Management Plan $10 each  

Water Testing

  Basic Water Test (W1) $28 each  
  GA Expanded Water Test (W2) $75 each  
  Fish Pond General Water Quality (W34C)           $42 each  
  Total Coliform & E-Coli Water Test (W35)    
    With Pre-paid UPS Label $48 each
    Without Pre-paid UPS Label           $38 each
  Trace Level Analysis Water Test (W42) $48 each  
    $10 each additional element  

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.