UGA Extension Office

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Whitfield County continues its agricultural needs with more than 39,000 acres in farmland and a farm gate value for agricultural products of over $144 million, Whitfield County farmers benefit from UGA researched-based information.

The Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) program assists homeowners, farmers and land owners by providing educational seminars and workshops on topics from landscaping to wildlife management and everything in between. ANR services include but are not limited to soil, water, and forage testing; plant disease diagnostic services; insect identification; and troubleshooting landscape problems. Please follow the links on this site to find further information, or contact us at UGA Extension in Whitfield county at 706-278-8207.

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ANR Agent
Roger Gates
Roger Gates Agriculture & Natural Resources Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent 706-278-8207
ANR News
Nematode Research
Nematode Research Controlling root-knot nematodes, difficult with traditional methods, is compounded for organic producers. By Maria M. Lameiras | Published: 9/24/2020
Fruit Pest Research
Fruit Pest Research Spotted wing drosophila is a keystone pest of U.S. fruit crops. By Emily Cabrera | Published: 9/22/2020
International ADS Partnership
International ADS Partnership UGA animal and dairy science class forms new collaboration with animal science institute in China. By Sean Montgomery | Published: 9/17/2020
Milkweed Pests
Milkweed Pests Milkweed can attract insects that are not so welcome. By Becky Griffin | Published: 9/17/2020
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ANR Events
  • Sep 29 Beef Quality Grading Interested in Beef Quality Grading? The Upson/Lamar Extension offices will be hosting a Beef Quality Grading program on September 29, 2020 at 7pm via zoom. Topics will include: What factors affect quality grades What the quality grades are How to estimate your own grades (based on meat judging tips) **Keep in mind to officially promote a quality grade from your own carcasses a Certified USDA Grader must be involved** Contact the UGA Upson County Extension Office for details and to RSVP for this program: (706)647-8989
    • Virtual Event
  • Oct 1 Keeping Better Records on the Farm Through Technology This workshop will cover two online software systems used to help cattlemen keep cattle and farm records. Additionally, we will discuss RFID tags.
    • Virtual Event
  • Oct 2 In the Apiary (Facebook Live) We are continuing our In the Apiary series as we visit apiaries across the state and work hives. Learn from beekeepers throughout Georgia from the comfort of home as this series will be broadcast via Facebook Live! Each beekeeper has their own expertise and preferences that they bring to their apiary. We look forward to highlighting those differences so that others may discover their own blend of art and science when it comes to the keeping of bees. Our second In the Apiary program will travel to the North Georgia mountains to be with Georgia Certified Beekeeper and Pollinator Health Program Associate, Becky Griffin. Be sure to tune in live to have the opportunity to ask questions and be a part of the fun!
    • Virtual Event
  • Oct 7 - Oct 8 Egg Candling Certification This class teaches proper egg candling procedures required by the Georgia Department of Agriculture standards, giving individuals the information necessary to obtain an egg candling certificate or license to sell their eggs. Participants that successfully complete the class will receive an egg candling certificate from GDA. Open to any Georgia resident and is not age restricted. The class is FREE, but is limited to 12 participants. TWO days to choose from: Wednesday (Oct. 7), 9:00-3:00 Thursday (Oct. 8), 9:00-3:00 Class schedule: Training 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Candling Exam 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Griffin, GA
  • Oct 27 Honey Bee Disaster Assistance Workshop Please join us and learn about the services offered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) as it relates to your apiary during this FREE webinar. County Executive Director of the Lamar-Henry Georgia office, Haley Vickery, will discuss the assistance program offered to commercial beekeepers. Attendees will learn about eligible losses including colony collapse and have the opportunity to begin their application process for the 2021 year. You must pre-register to receive the Zoom link by emailing
    • Virtual Event
    • Griffin, GA
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