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Tift County Producer Update Blog
  • Weekly County Update 10/22/21 Posted by on Oct 22, 2021 It has been a busy couple of weeks. First the fair, then Expo, now we have the Tift County Fall Livestock Show this weekend. I think I’m going to go on vacation for the entire month of October next year, who is with me? Here’s where we are at. Peanuts:...
  • Weekly County Update 10/8/21 Posted by on Oct 8, 2021 I’ll be in Perry several days over the next two weeks for the Georgia National Fair Livestock Shows. Most of you know this but for those who don’t, I am in charge of the 4-H Livestock Programs for Tift County and the Fair is one of our largest livestock shows...
  • Weekly County Update 10/1/2021 Posted by on Oct 1, 2021 Peanuts: So far the peanuts are still looking good. the first dug was a little dirty but now we’re starting to get away from that. The grades I’m hearing are pretty good, the mid to high 70s and some in the low 80s. No yield numbers yet but the estimates...
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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.
Schools:
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.
  • Fighting Food Waste Fighting Food Waste Consumers in developed countries waste almost as much food per year — 222 million tons — as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tons). By Maria M. Lameiras | Published: 10/22/2021
  • Pumpkin Breeding Pumpkin Breeding A tricky crop to grow, the 'Orange Bulldog' pumpkin variety developed by UGA plant breeders fares well in Georgia climates. By Carly Alyse Mirabile | Published: 10/21/2021
  • 40 Under 40 40 Under 40 Launched by Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News in 2018, the Fruit and Vegetable 40 Under 40 Awards represent a broad spectrum of agriculture industry professionals. By Maria M. Lameiras | Published: 10/20/2021
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Upcoming Events:
  • Oct 25 Fall Adult Learning Series Feeling stressed coming out of COVID-19? Working on relationships? Figuring out a new dinner routine on a smaller budget? Join us for this three-part series dealing with issues we are all confronting in the wake of COVID-19. You may attend in-person or virtually.
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    • Watkinsville, GA
  • Oct 25 Northeast Georgia Master Cattlemen's Program The UGA Beef Team is excited to offer the Master Cattlemen's Program. This program involves detailed, in-depth educational seminars related to beef cattle. The program lasts 8 weeks and meets on Monday evenings Sept 13-Nov 1 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. This program is being co-hosted by Madison and Oglethorpe Counties.
    • Crawford, GA
  • Oct 26 UGA Extension Master Small Ruminant Series: Class 5 -Parasite Management and Fecal Egg Count This six session intensive series will involve lecture sessions on basic production schedules, reproduction, lambing and kidding, forage management, predator control, marketing, parasite management. In addition to the lecture sessions there will be one Saturday session where participants can handle sheep and goats in a safe environment so that they may learn hands-on low-stress handling techniques, hoof trimming, body condition scoring, record health data points, and practices FAMACHA scoring and obtain their certification. Class One - October 12, 2021 Topics: Forage Management and Grazing Systems Class Two - October 14, 2021 Topics: Herd Health Class Three - October 19, 2021 Topics: Reproduction and Kidding Class Four - October 21, 2021 Topics: Insect Management and Predator Management Class Five - October 26, 2021 Topics: Parasite Management and Fecal Egg Count Class Six - October 28, 2021 Topics: Marketing, Selling Locally, and Processing Hands-on Field Day – October 30, 2021
    • Thomaston, GA
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