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The University of Georgia Columbia County Cooperative Extension Office extends lifelong learning to Georgia citizens through unbiased, research-based education. See more information about our services in:

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  • Jan 5-Mar 21
  • 9:30 AM | Augusta, GA
  • Do you enjoy landscaping and gardening? Would you like to share your skill and knowledge with others? Join the Augusta Area Master Gardeners! Being a Master Gardener requires completion of a 50 hour educational course and exam, as well as, volunteering for a minimum of 25 hours each year. Master Gardeners help beautify and educate our community through local gardening projects and educational classes. If you would like more information on Georgia Master Gardeners, you can visit our website at: http://ugaextension.org/county-offices/richmond.html Please email or call our office for an application and information: 706-821-2350 or uge3245@uga.edu January 5th—March 21st, 2017 Every Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 AM—Noon Cost: $220 due by Nov 18th Space is limited
  • Jan 10-Feb 28
  • 6:00 PM | Carrollton, GA
  • The Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program is a comprehensive training program for beginning and small farmers provided by UGA Cooperative Extension. This program is the second in the series and will address: Part 2- Small Ruminants Production Course ***Parts one through three must be completed in order and all parts of the program must be completed to obtain certification. Small Ruminant Production is a six week training developed by Fort Valley State University in partnership with UGA Extension. Topics include: goat and sheep breeds and selection, nutrition and body scoring, pasture management, predator control, health and diseases, reproduction and kidding/lambing, integrated parasite management, as well as meats and marketing. The training includes a session with live animals to practice body condition scoring, hoof trimming and checking for internal parasites.
  • Feb 21-Feb 22
  • 8:00 AM | Athens, GA
  • The UGA Extension Food Science Outreach, GFVGA, and Produce Safety Alliance are sponsoring this expanded PSA training program, designed to teach produce safety and good handling practices. The complete Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course will be presented in this year's workshop. Participants will be eligible to receive a certificate of attendance from AFDO to verify that they completed the PSA grower training. SPECIAL ADDITIONS Hands-on break-out sessions on developing and documenting a written food safety plan with SOPs, as they apply to farm and field operations, packing facilities, and produce shippers. Participants will learn to use microbial testing as a verification tool for audit compliance. The microbial lab is a great favorite of past attendees. The goal of these interactive sessions is to assist participants in developing a written Food Safety Plan that they can implement in their specific operations.
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