What is UGA Extension?
A partnership of the University of Georgia, the U. S. Department of Agriculture and counties of the state cooperating. UGA Extension is on the forefront of food safety, technology, research, and education; keeping Georgia’s economy strong and making life better for Georgians.
UGA Extension White County links the resources of the University of Georgia and White County to provide educational programs, information, and assistance to citizens. UGA Extension White County helps its citizens by addressing the following initiatives:
- 4-H Youth Development and Leadership Program
- Agriculture Programming and Research Opportunities
- Water Quality
- Family and Economic Well-Being
- Conservation and Management of Natural Resources
- Community Service Learning / Citizenship
- Improving Nutrition, Diet and Health
Our mission is to extend lifelong learning from the University of Georgia to the everyday lives of Georgians through current, research-based education in agriculture, youth and families, the environment, and communities.
If you have questions about your lawn, garden, trees, etc. we always suggest starting with a soil test.
It is not necessary to come by and pick up the bags first. You may bring your DRY sample into our office in plastic bags, or even in a bucket! We will transfer it over to our UGA soil bags. Make sure you bring enough: about 2 cups.
The cost per sample is $10.00 (cash or check) and the results are either emailed or mailed. We are open Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00; we do close from 12:00-1:00 for lunch.
For more about how determine your sampling area, etc., check here.
Public and municipal water supplies are routinely tested and must meet standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Therefore, these sources usually do not need to be tested unless inhouse contamination is suspected. However, only YOU are responsible for the safety of your well water.
When you pour yourself a glass of water to drink, it may appear clean, taste good, and you may expect it to be safe. However, many sources of water we assume are safe may contain dissolved minerals, organic compounds or even live organisms at harmful concentrations. Contaminated water used for drinking and cooking may affect your health. This concern merits a bacterial test:
- Total Coliform / E. coli (Colilert®) - $46.00 (includes UPS label/shipping)
This test requires the sample be collected and shipped in a special bottle. Come by our office to get your kit, which includes bottle, instructions, UPS overnight shipping label, and box. Follow the instructions to pull your sample, enclose a check for $46 inside the box, and ship to the lab. Sampling must be done on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, and must be received at the lab in Athens WITHIN 24 HOURS of sampling.
-High concentrations of certain minerals in your water can result in quality issues such as unpleasant taste and odors or staining of bathroom fixtures and/or laundry. For this you'll need a more basic test:
- Basic Water Test (Minimum Sample Amt.: 4 oz.) - $25.00
For this test, you can bring your 4-oz. sample to our office in a clean container; we'll handle the shipping. Included in this test are pH and Hardness, Aluminum (Al), Iron (Fe), Nickel (Ni), Phosphorus (P), Boron (B), Magnesium (Mg), Silica (SiO2), Potassium (K), Chromium (Cr), Manganese (Mn), Sodium (Na), Calcium (Ca), Copper (Cu), Molybdenum (Mo), and Zinc (Zn).
Water samples should be collected from the kitchen faucet or from the faucet used most often for drinking.
Samples will be sent to a laboratory at UGA and results will be available in 7-10 business days.
Other extensive testing is available, including the Home Loan Closing Test.
- Home Loan Closing Test (W33B) - $85.00 (+$55 rush fee, + $10 overnight shipping label when applicable). Comprised of four tests* commonly required for home closings. Ask your lending agency for specific details about what is needed in your situation. Normal turnaround time is 5-10 business days; RUSH shipping may be available. Call us for more information.
*W42 (Pb), W6 (Nitrate), W7 (Nitrite), and W35 (Total Coliform/E.coli)
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.
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.
Conversion Tables, Formulas and Suggested Guidelines for Horticultural Use (B 931) Pesticide and fertilizer recommendations are often made on a pounds per acre and tons per acre basis. While these may be applicable to field production of many crops, orchardists, nurserymen and greenhouse operators often must convert these recommendations to smaller areas, such as row feet, square feet, or even per tree or per pot. Thus pints, cups, ounces, tablespoons and teaspoons are the common units of measure. The conversion is frequently complicated by metric units of measure. This publication is designed to aid growers in making these calculations and conversions, and also provides other data useful in the management, planning and operation of horticultural enterprises.