About County Extension

Echols County Extension

County Extension Coordinator – Justin Shealey
Secretary – Faye Pearson
4-H Program – Faye Pearson

P.O. Box 186
109 Courthouse St.
Statenville, GA 31648
229-559-5562
uge4101@uga.edu
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed for lunch, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

What is Extension?

Learning Heritage

In 1914, Congress established the Cooperative Extension Service to deliver information from land-grant colleges and universities to all Americans, particularly those who lacked access to formal education.

The “College on Wheels” carried UGA Faculty and exhibits of interest across the state from 1908 through 1917.

Although agriculture and society have changed dramatically during the past 90 years, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension continues to fulfill its basic mission.

County Extension agents help keep farmers abreast of the latest agricultural technology, research and marketing strategies. Some agents help parents cope with the pressures of balancing home, work and children; others help keep families healthy with information on nutrition and food safety.

Learning for Everyone

The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s educational programs have statewide significance:

  • In schools through 4-H
  • In cities with efforts such as Master Gardeners and Urban Gardening
  • In rural areas by helping farmers with crop, conservation and financial information
  • In homes by providing food, nutrition, child development and financial literacy information
  • In the wild by working with residents to protect the environment
  • In the food service industry by providing information and training relating to safe food handling and preparation
  • Through county Extension offices, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences helps Georgians become healthier, more productive, financially independent and environmentally responsible.

Learning for Every Day

Through the cooperative funding of federal, state and county governments, Extension agents are in almost every county in Georgia.

Most counties have a combination of agents who specialize in agriculture and natural resources, youth development and family and consumer sciences. Agents complete specialized training to help them meet the needs of the communities they serve. Some specialize in horticulture; others, in row crop or livestock production. Some agents work to help families deal with rural development issues or raise healthy children in urban settings.

For more information on Echols County Extension, please visit our website at http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/echols/. You may also visit the University of Georgia Extension website at http://extension.uga.edu/ to learn more on agriculture and natural resources, 4-H, and family and consumer science.