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The Marion County Cooperative Extension Office extends lifelong learning to Georgia citizens through unbiased, research-based eduation.

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Extension News


  • 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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  • AGL 2017-2019
  • Published 5/25/2017 by Merritt Melancon
  • Farmers, foresters and ag professionals selected for 2017-2019 class of AGL.
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  • 'Gold Doubloon'
  • Published 5/24/2017 by Norman Winter
  • Variety provides dazzling color with gold and green foliage.
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Upcoming Events


  • May 4-May 25
  • 9:00 AM | Macon, GA
  • The Georgia Master Naturalist program was developed by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources as an adult environmental education program. It is offered as a combination of lectures and field trips to a number of middle Georgia venues. Tailored to Macon and surrounding communities, this program explores natural resources from both an urban and traditional perspective. Session I, this May, will include topics such as: natural history, ecology, invasive species, waste and recycling, forest ecology, and game management, among others. Our speakers, all local experts in their fields, come from a variety of professions. We are fortunate to have professors from local colleges and universities, professional foresters, wildlife biologists as well as presenters from the private sector. Class size is limited. The price for the May session is $80 and includes class materials, entrance fees, and transportation.
  • May 24-May 25
  • 8:30 AM | Tifton, GA
  • UGA Tift County Extension provides the Nationally recognized and accredited ServSafe® training for food service managers from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). Upon successful completion of the ServSafe® examination, the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager certificate will be issued by the NRAEF. The training is from 8:30am - 5:00pm, both days. $140.00
  • May 25
  • 11:00 AM | Savannah, GA
  • Join Dr. Elizabeth Andres, Extension Food Safety Specialist, University of Georgia, who will provide this pressure canning hands-on workshop for Family and Consumer Sciences Pathway Educators. This is a partnership between the State Board of Education and UGA Cooperative Extension. Participants will receive lesson plans and hands-on activities to teach students food preservation basics.
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Extension Publications


  • Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water (C 1016)
  • Published 3/28/2017
  • 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 3/27/2017
  • 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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