Monday, December 14, 2009

Ten Questions and Answers About Liberty-Link Soybeans in Georgia

Dr. Whitaker and Dr. Prostko have put together a guide to answer questions on Liberty Link Soybeans.
Please find the guide at this address:
Ten Questions and Answers About Liberty-Link Soybeans in Georgia

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Invasive Species and Right of Way Training

Time: 8AM til 9AM
Date: Thursday, December 17th, 2009
Location: Thomas County Public Works Meeting Room - 78 Joiner Road - Thomasville, GA 31757
Speaker: Dr. Dave Moorhead, UGA Warnell School of Forestry

Topics: Dr. Moorhead will discuss invasive species (non-native vegetation), concerns of these species, control recommendations, and identification.
Pesticide Credits: 1 Hour in Right of Way, Forestry have been applied for.

Please email R.J. Byrne for more information.

R.J. Byrne

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest 2010

Registration is now open for Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest 2010!

The Flavor of Georgia food product contest is an annual celebration of all the flavors Georgia has to offer. Market-ready prototypes or commercially available food products are judged and critiqued by a panel of food experts.

Flavor of Georgia casts the spotlight on delicious, original food from right here at home. Unusual foods, (like a catfish burger), unique sauces, (try blueberry salsa), and traditional southern foods (anything peach or pecan) are ready for the competition. Barbecue and hot sauces, confections, dairy products, meat products, snack foods, and jams, jellies and sauces are judged based on flavor, Georgia theme, unique or innovative qualities, commercial appeal and originality.

Save $10 by registering online at beginning December 1, 2009. Deadline for entries is Friday, January 22, 2010, with finalists announced in February. Final judging will be held March 15 and 16, 2010 at the Freight Depot in Atlanta. Gov. Sonny Perdue will announce winners at the Governor’s Ag Day on March 16.

The Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest is sponsored by the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development along with partners Governor's Agricultural Advisory Commission, Georgia Agribusiness Council and UGA Department of Food Science and Technology.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

2010 Master Gardener Class Offered

Thomas County Extension will offer a Master Gardener Class beginning in March 2010. All classes will be held at the Thomas County Extension Office, 227 West Jefferson Street.

The Georgia Master Gardener Program is a volunteer recruitment and training program of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. The main purpose is to train volunteers to provide unbiased, research-based, environmentally sound, horticulture information to the public. Those completing the course will have a much greater knowledge of horticultural practices and will be expected to share their knowledge by volunteering 50 hours back into the community.

Most potential Master Gardeners want to know what community service entails. Community service is any activity in which your newly acquired horticultural knowledge is shared with others. These activities may include advising other citizens with caring for their landscapes, writing horticultural newsletters, working with youth, assisting with beautification projects, judging school projects dealing with agriculture, or civic and garden club presentations.

Most classes will be taught by extension agents and specialists from the University of Georgia. The following classes will be taught:

Introduction to the Master Gardener Program
Soil and Plant Nutrition
Botany/Plant Physiology
Basic Entomology/Pathology
Weed ID and Control
Using the Pest Control Handbook
Vegetable and Herb Gardening
Insects and Diseases of Vegetables
Herbaceous Ornamentals
Selecting Woody Ornamentals
Maintenance of Woody Ornamentals
Turf Selection and Maintenance
Diseases of Turf and Ornamentals
Developing a Waterwise Landscape
Insects of Turf and Ornamentals
Composting and Mulching
Fruit Gardening
Structural and Household Pests
Nuisance Wildlife

Registration fee for this class is $125.00 which includes a copy of the Georgia Master Gardener Handbook. A minimum enrollment of 10 participants is required to conduct this training. Maximum enrollment is 20 participants. More details on the course will be given during sign-up and be posted on our blog and website.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, February 25, 2009. Applications may be obtained at Thomas County Extension Office at 227 West Jefferson Street or by visiting our website You may download an application here. The class will run from late January to April 1st.

If you have any questions, please contact R.J. Byrne, Thomas County Extension Agent at 229.225.4130 or

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Pesticide Training Class

Thomas County Extension will have a pesticide training class coming up on December 9th, Wednesday, starting at 9 AM until 12 AM.

This training program is designed for: New private pesticide license applicants and as a continuing education credit for private and commercial license. This class is typically for
individuals in the agriculture sector, such as farming, landscaping, or forestry.

The program agenda will be:
8:30 Registration Check In
9:00 Pesticides
11:00 Break
11:15 Application Equipment
11:45 Test for new private pesticide license
12:00 End of program

Registration for the program is $10, and the deadline to register is Tuesday, December 8th. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot by contacting the office at 229.225.4130 or email us at with the subject - Pesticide Training. The office is located at 227 West Jefferson Street, across from the Thomasville library.

The University of Georgia Thomas County Extension service is an educational organization provided by the U.S. government, the state government through the University of Georgia and the Thomas County government. Anyone interested in more information can visit the website, or contact Extension Agent R.J .Byrne at 229.225.4130 or