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UGA Extension has provided online educational programming, consultations and essential lab services during the COVID-19 pandemic while observing safe health practices for employees and the public. We offer resources for adults and 4-H youth on health, food, finances, parenting, agriculture and more. For the latest status on programs, contact your local Extension office or visit the events calendar.

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Weather Emergencies Timely information to prepare for and recover from weather-related emergencies like hurricanes, tornadoes and drought.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Facts


UGA holds COVID-19 vaccine panel discussion

Four University of Georgia experts answered some of the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines in a recent virtual panel discussion held on campus. The panelists discussed a variety of topics related to vaccine safety and efficacy. And they shared their thoughts on why it is so important for everyone who is eligible and medically able to get vaccinated as part of the worldwide effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus.



Health & Wellness


As the holiday season arrives, the traditional images of loved ones crowded around a dinner table groaning under the weight of the holiday feast may look a little different this year: The recent surge in COVID-19 cases has prompted rising fears that holiday gatherings may accelerate the spread of the virus.
CDC guidelines, precautions should guide holiday celebrations As the holiday season arrives, the traditional images of loved ones crowded around a dinner table groaning under the weight of the holiday feast may look a little different this year: The recent surge in COVID-19 cases has prompted rising fears that holiday gatherings may accelerate the spread of the virus.

Money & Home Finances


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Farms & Small Businesses



Youth Education & Parenting


This past year has presented Georgia 4-H with the opportunity to create new and innovative programming options to meet the challenges of virtual school options and social distancing required by the COVID-19 crisis. Because these circumstances have precluded students from attending traditional environmental education programming at Georgia 4-H centers and 4-H club meetings at local University of Georgia Coooperative Extension offices, teachers and parents have needed entertaining and educational online resources to keep youth engaged in non-traditional learning environments. In response, Georgia 4-H launched “From The Mountains To The Sea,” “Zoom into Science” and “Blast Off with Georgia 4-H” to allow the state’s youth to continue their participation in 4-H programming remotely.
Georgia 4-H continues diverse online programming This past year has presented Georgia 4-H with the opportunity to create new and innovative programming options to meet the challenges of virtual school options and social distancing required by the COVID-19 crisis. Because these circumstances have precluded students from attending traditional environmental education programming at Georgia 4-H centers and 4-H club meetings at local University of Georgia Coooperative Extension offices, teachers and parents have needed entertaining and educational online resources to keep youth engaged in non-traditional learning environments. In response, Georgia 4-H launched “From The Mountains To The Sea,” “Zoom into Science” and “Blast Off with Georgia 4-H” to allow the state’s youth to continue their participation in 4-H programming remotely.

Food Safety & Cooking


It’s the height of tomato season in Georgia and the harvest is abundant. Tomatoes can be preserved by canning, drying, freezing or pickling. They can also be used in creating fruit spreads like jams, jellies and marmalades.
Tomatoes can be preserved to enjoy year-round It’s the height of tomato season in Georgia and the harvest is abundant. Tomatoes can be preserved by canning, drying, freezing or pickling. They can also be used in creating fruit spreads like jams, jellies and marmalades.

Gardening & Self-Reliance


To prune or not to prune, that is the question. Pruning is an important part of maintaining plant health and maximizing plant productivity. This is often a topic that brings fear and confusion, but pruning is, in fact, a beneficial and routine task.
Pruning tips for ornamental plants To prune or not to prune, that is the question. Pruning is an important part of maintaining plant health and maximizing plant productivity. This is often a topic that brings fear and confusion, but pruning is, in fact, a beneficial and routine task.

Mental Health After Disasters


Men comforting each other

Following the event of a disaster, individuals emotions vary and can range from anxious, angry, depressed, confused, scared, relief, guilt, gratitude or overwhelmed. These are normal reactions in response to a disaster. And since children are most vulnerable following a disaster, be sure to focus on their needs as well.


    • Stay Informed: Check in with your local emergency management team. They will provide you with information and updates regarding local relief efforts and the aftermath of the disaster.
    • Use Social Media Carefully: It is easy to see false or outdated information, so follow trustworthy news sources and limit re-watching videos of the disaster.
    • Talk About It: Feelings of stress are better handled when talked about. Talk with family members and friends about your experiences and your feelings.
    • Find Support: If the feelings of stress continue to persist and it begins affecting daily activities, reach out to a mental health or medical professional for additional help.
    • Talk and Reassure: Children feel better when they can talk about what happened to them. Talk with them about their feelings to help them cope with the disaster, reassure them that things will get better, and that your priority is to keep them safe. Explain that there are people and resources in the community providing assistance and that they are not alone.
    • Validate Feelings: Let the child know that their thoughts and feelings are valid by saying things like “I know, I was scared too” or “yes, going through a storm like that was really difficult.” Validating feelings can make all the difference for children.
    • Watch Behavior: Children let us know they are stressed by their behaviors. If you see that they are clingy, acting differently than before, even misbehaving, those are signs that children are stressed.
    • Get Help: If a child’s physical or mental conditions begin to deteriorate, seek medical help.

Video Series: Advice from UGA Extension Experts


As we all work together to get through this challenging time, UGA Extension specialists are regularly providing webinars on timely topics. Visit the full series to select from more than 35 archived webinars on topics like stress and mental well-being, best health practices, telecommuting, home gardening, meal planning and financial literacy.

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Frequently Asked Questions for UGA Extension

Is my local office open?

What is the status of events?

  • For the most updated information, we encourage you to visit our Extension Calendar to view that event’s respective calendar entry for details.
  • If you are registered for an event and it is canceled or postponed, you will receive an email with additional information.

I paid to attend an event. Will I receive a refund?

  • Yes, but please be patient with us as we process refunds in the coming weeks. All registrants will be contacted. 

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