For more than 100 years, Cooperative Extension has brought the latest agricultural research and education from land-grand universities to farmers and businesses.
At the turn of the 20th century, there was a widespread need for assistance and training for rural farmers. The farm demonstration work and success of Seamen A. Knapp, the first agent and director of Cooperative Extension for USDA, paved the way for the Cooperative Extension System that exists nationwide today.
In Georgia, agriculture and natural resources agents continue to work with farmers through traditional face-to-face workshops as well as through new technologies like online classes and smart phone applications.
Agents also help increase awareness and appreciation of the state’s environmental assets. They protect these resources by offering expertise in topics including invasive species, pollution prevention, and soil and water conservation. Finally, they are responsible for training volunteers in backyard gardening through the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program.