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Your Cooperative Extension office, a department of Columbus Consolidated Government, provides the Columbus community with many services.

With over 1150 children enrolled in 4-H clubs, we're in 18 schools in Columbus.  4-H also works with over 250 children at Fort Benning. 4-H members highlight each year with a week of summer camp at Rock Eagle.

Our local Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program logged in 2,825 hours of service in Muscogee County for a value of $65,192.20. Those hours were spent monitoring water quality in local streams, teaching children and adults about the environment, home garden visits, and other community service projects.

Our Positive Parenting programs provide parenting support and education to over 700 families in the Columbus area.  We also provide training to 60 professional childcare providers, helping those centers provide quality care and education to many children in Columbus.

Our agents provide classes to individuals and other agencies throughout Columbus. Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program teaches families how to save money on food and how to make really good, inexpensive and quick meal for your family. Family and Consumer Sciences provides classes on living with chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.


Upcoming Events


  • Sep 2
  • 10:00 AM | Phenix City, GA
  • Join University of Georgia Vegetable Specialist Bob Westerfield and Alabama Extension Agent, David Koon to learn how you can deepen your skills to have a successful fall garden this year! Learn the basics: from choosing varieties to cultivation practices, as well as how to incorporate those delicious veggies into your existing landscape. Luncheon is included in registration fee.
  • Sep 7
  • 12:00 PM | ¬†Columbus, GA
  • Join UGA Extension's School and Community Garden Coordinator Becky Griffin to discuss solutions for some of the road blocks to a successful community garden. Lunch provided by the Chattahoochee Valley Land Trust for registered attendees.
  • Sep 12
  • 6:00 PM | Columbus, GA
  • Do you have trouble boiling water? Do you use the smoke alarm to determine if food is done? Are you going away to college an want to eat more than fast food? Do words like teaspoon, tablespoon, 1/4 cup, broil, chiffonade, mince, dice, preheat, al dente, souffle, saute and simmer leave you confused? Is your "specialty" making ramen noodles? Or...do you love being in the kitchen? Are culinary arts in your future? Do you want to polish up your skills for a food demo at Project Achievement? Yes, to any of these? You need to get involved in Iron Clover Chefs! This first meeting is for returning, enrolled 4-H'ers only.
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Extension News


  • New Additions
  • Published 8/25/2016 by Robert Westerfield
  • Inventory your landscape and install new plant selections accordingly.
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  • Lightning Strikes
  • Published 8/25/2016 by Clint Thompson
  • Georgia producers should be wary of lightning strikes when working in fields.
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  • White Mold Disease
  • Published 8/25/2016 by Clint Thompson
  • UGA Extension plant pathologist Bob Kemerait stresses there is still time to treat for white mold disease.
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