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University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Tift County provides a variety of educational programs and client services to the residents of our county.  We are dedicated to helping people find answers to questions related to the following areas


Upcoming Events


  • 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
  • 9:00 AM | Valdosta, GA
  • The Journeyman Farmer Program offers comprehensive training for beginning farmers. The program involves three steps: AgAware or Small Farm Business Training, Small Fruit and Vegetable Production or Small Ruminant Production, and Hands-On internship/mentorship. This is the first part of the training offered in Lowndes County and is open to all. Those who wish to apply for the Hands-On component must complete steps 1 and 2. The classes will be held in the Lowndes County Extension office on May 25 from 9-4pm.
  • May 25
  • 6:00 PM | Albany, GA
  • Baking Basics: Cakes, Muffins, Quick Breads, and Crepes- Thursday, May 25 ** Class Limited to 10 participants** 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm ~ $15.00 Materials Fee We are rapidly losing the age old practice of baking. Most of us resort to hitting the grocery store, bakery, or restaurants for these items. Some of my most fond memories were of baking with my Grandmother. Come to this hands-on cooking laboratory and get ready for some fun. Bring an apron and a box to transport left overs.
  • Jun 1
  • 6:00 PM | Valdosta, GA
  • The Small Ruminant Production training provides an in-depth instruction on sheep and goat farming, from selecting breeds to marketing your product. The training includes five evening sessions and Hands-On Training with FAMACHA. It is open to all beginning farmers. Those who pass Step 1 (AgAware or Small Farm Business Training) and Step 2 (Small Ruminant Production Training) will be eligible to apply for a paid internship or mentorship with a local farmer. Classes will be held June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 6-8pm and June 23rd for Hands-On Training with FAMACHA from 5:30-8pm. Please sign up by May 25 to guarantee your spot.
  • Jun 7-Jun 8
  • 8:30 AM | Moultrie, GA
  • Georgia Cooperative Extension provides the nationally recognized and accredited ServSafe® training for foodservice 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. Event Website: http://extension.uga.edu/calendar/?containstext=servsafe
  • Jun 7
  • 10:00 AM | Albany, GA
  • Cooking Light and Jazzy – Yummy Recipes for Diabetics- Wednesday, June 7 ~ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm At the Dougherty County Health Department **Free to the Public** Diabetic recipes don't have to be ho-hum to be healthy, come to our enlightening presentation and food demonstration and lighten up those spring and summer meals. Get those taste buds ready to taste test our recipes! You must pre-register by calling 229-436-7216
  • Jun 12
  • 6:00 PM | Albany, GA
  • Materials Fee: $15.00/class Hot Water Bath for High Acid Foods Monday, June 12, 2017 6:00 pm–9:00 pm We will learn about preserving high acid foods in the hot-water bath canner. We will preserve fruit and tomato salsas, pickles, green tomato relish, pickles, and other foods during this fun class. Bring a box to haul home all your goodies! Remember to bring your supper. I will have light refreshments provided. Jams, Jellies, and Preserves Thursday, June 15, 2017 6:00 pm–9:00 pm How to use the hot-water bath method to make jams, jellies, preserves and conserves. Remember your box for your canned treasures and I'll have refreshments provided
  • Jun 13-Jun 14
  • 8:30 AM | Lakeland, GA
  • Georgia Cooperative Extension provides the nationally recognized and accredited ServSafe® training for foodservice 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.
  • Jun 15
  • 6:00 PM | Albany, GA
  • Materials Fee: $15.00/class Jams, Jellies, and Preserves Thursday, June 15, 2017 6:00 pm–9:00 pm How to use the hot-water bath method to make jams, jellies, preserves and conserves. Remember your box for your canned treasures and I'll have refreshments provided
  • Aug 8-Aug 9
  • 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
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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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