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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


  • Flavor of Georgia 2017
  • Published 2/22/2017 by Merritt Melancon
  • Entrepreneurs from all corners of the state selected to compete in the University of Georgia's Flavor of Georgia contest.
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  • Watermelon Crop
  • Published 2/21/2017 by Clint Thompson
  • An estimated 20,000 acres of watermelons are produced every year in Georgia.
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  • Container herbs
  • Published 2/16/2017 by Norman Winter
  • Herbs can provide flavor to dishes and color, texture to container gardens.
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Upcoming Events


  • Feb 9-Feb 23
  • 3:30 PM | Elberton, GA
  • Acting Clovers will meet from 3:30-5:00pm, led by Senior 4-H'er Madison Clements The 4-H van will pick up interested students at ECMS School in the 5th grade car rider line.
  • Feb 13-Feb 24
  • 3:30 PM | Elberton, GA
  • If you would like to be on the Horse Quiz Bowl Team for the 2017-2018 school year, now is the time to start! We will be having two practices this month: Monday, Feb. 13th and Friday, Feb. 24th.Practices are held at the 4-H Center from 3:30-5:00pm. The 4-H van will pick up interested students at ECMS. We're looking forward to learning more about our equine friends!
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