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- Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water (C 1016)
- Published 12/21/2016
- 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.
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- Native Plants for Georgia Part I: Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines (B 987)
- Published 9/19/2016
- 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.
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- Conversion Tables, Formulas and Suggested Guidelines for Horticultural Use (B 931)
- Published 6/22/2016
- 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.
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- Jan 10-Feb 28
- Journeyman Farmer Training-Small Ruminant Production (55.0 miles)
- 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
- Developing a Food Safety Plan for Your Fresh Produce Operation includes PSA Grower Training (81.0 miles)
- 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.
- Feb 21
- Food Talk Class (66.0 miles)
- 9:00 AM | Ellijay, GA
- The Food Talk class is actually taught in six sessions. Learn how to cook healthy on a budget, the importance of fruits and vegetables, and about preventing foodborne illness. A healthy recipe will be prepared for tasting and a gift will be given away at each class. Contact Becca Pritchett for more information and to pre-register for classes/sessions.