Agriculture

  • Fall is finally here and it is almost time to start planting new trees and fruit producing bushes. If you want to be successful and give your new plants the best opportunity to grow and thrive, then you have to start at the ground and work your way up. You literally have to start with…

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  • Comer Fairgrounds

    The Comer Lions Club’s Madison County Fair is set for September 26th-September 30,23.  The fair is a special tradition that takes place each fall in the beautiful town of Comer, GA.  The Lions Club members generously give their time and energy to make this hometown event, which has taken place for the last 75 years,…

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  • Travis Tankersley, Madison County ANR Agent

    We are so happy to have Travis Tankersley, a lifetime native of Madison County, as our new ANR Agent. Travis has a BS in Animal Science and is no stranger to the livestock exhibiting industry because he grew up showing swine, dairy cattle, and goats. He looks forward to serving in a community where he…

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  • Learn how to cook with your new herb/spice/seasoning by clicking the name of your favorite spice. Please click the link, not the picture.

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  • The senior team from Madison County won first place in the Georgia 4-H State Livestock Judging contest on March 16 at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington. Team members Matthew Highfill, Mallory Lee, Maggie Moon, and Emily Wall. They will represent Georgia at the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest in Louisville, Kentucky this fall. In the…

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  • Do you need pesticide credits? The 2024 UPW Training schedule is out! Training in Madison County is scheduled for March 21, 2024 at 10am. It will be held at Jackson EMC located at 85 Spratlin Mill Rd in Hull. Call 706-384-2843 to sign up. If you’re interested in obtaining an applicators license, please visit the…

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  • Everyone knows that the classic gift for Valentine’s Day is chocolates and roses. I know that it is a crowd pleaser and just about everyone will appreciate getting that gift, but there is another option. Instead of buying a dozen roses that will last a short while, buy a rose bush that will keep giving…

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  • The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA), in coordination with the USDA and the University of Georgia, announced the confirmation of the non-native Yellow-Legged Hornet (Vespa velutina) in Savannah, Georgia on the 9th of August. This is the first confirmed sighting of this hornet in Georgia. The Yellow-Legged Hornet is originally from Southeast Asia and can…

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  • Recent concerns have been buzzing around vinegar used for canning. Specifically the acidity level. The main concern is the use of 4% acidic vinegar when canning products. The use of vinegar with acidity levels lower than 5% is strongly advised against, as it may not be sufficiently strong enough to ensure the safety of the…

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  • I have been with UGA Extension for 15 years and in that time, I have had the opportunity to travel and visit with cattlemen from around the state and country.  Large or small, the successful producers all have a few things in common, but probably not the things you are thinking of.  Certainly, inherited land,…

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  • Did you know that between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination? They need pollinators. Pollinators help over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops. That means that 1 out of every 3 bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators. In addition to…

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  • Bermudagrass decline is a term that broadly describes the gradual thinning and sometimes the outright loss of pasture grass stands over time.  The term is broad because the problem is often linked to several different causes.  These primary causes are often exacerbated by extreme environmental stresses like drought, heavy rainfalls, harsh winters, and late spring…

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