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What Is UGA Extension?

UGA Extension is a county, state and federal funded organization supported by specialists in the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

History of Extension 

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which established Land Grant Colleges throughout the nation. Each land grant institution would have a College of Agriculture that must teach classes, serve the public and perform research. In 1914, Senator Hoke Smith from Georgia and Representative Ashbury Lever from South Carolina presented the Smith –Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service. The Act was passed in Congress and signed into law by the President. This legislature required that the Cooperative Extension Service, as the service arm of the land grant institutions in each state, provide information in agriculture & natural resources, family & consumer sciences, and 4-H & youth development.

Scope of Extension 

Did you know that every county in Georgia has an Extension service, providing unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, youth and families? Take a look at our Extension diagram, which provides a visual representation of the scope of Cooperative Extension in the United States.


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Extension News


  • Winter Squash
  • Published 5/24/2017 by Sharon Dowdy
  • Winter squash are harvested when mature and can be kept in storage for months.
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  • Squash Struggles
  • Published 5/24/2017 by Sharon Dowdy
  • Best bet for squash-growing is to plant resistant varieties and take a break in the height of summer.
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  • Room to Grow
  • Published 5/18/2017 by Clint Waltz
  • Aerification helps turfgrass green-up, lets air and moisture get to root zone.
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Upcoming Events


  • May 31
  • 2:00 PM | Forsyth, GA
  • This workshop will assist clients that have a well as their source of water for the home. Dr. Uttam Saha, UGA Extension Water Quality Specialist, will join Monroe County Extension in presenting this well water workshop to introduce protecting your well and drinking water. Topics to be discussed are: understanding the basics of the well, how to protect the well from contamination, uranium in well water, radon in air and in well water, and how to test your well water. This workshop is important for clients that have wells to understand well water safety is up to the client. Come join us to understand this important topic.
  • Jun 8
  • 9:00 AM | Sandersville, GA
  • Join us for a hands-on food preservation experience! Participants will learn the basics of hot water bath canning and learn how to can tomatoes using fresh ingredients.
  • Jun 12
  • 9:30 AM | Madison, GA
  • Learn about reducing the risk of cancer; who should get screened for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer; how to get screened. Free cookbook, recipe tasting and PRIZES*. FREE to attend! *All who attend will be entered into a drawing for one of two gift cards valued at $25 each plus eligible for door prizes.
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