Every spring it seems like you can walk into any farm store or farm feed store and see a wide assortment of chicks. I always go over and check out what different species they have, plus they are cute to look at.

Anyway, the reason I mention this is that we recently finished a Backyard Chicken program where participants learned that to legally sell eggs in Georgia you need an egg-candling certificate.

This certificate is not hard to get. It assures the consumer that the person selling the eggs has gone through a training and understands what steps are needed to make sure that they are selling a safe product.  To get the certificate, you have to attend a class put on by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. These classes are scattered around the state, and we are lucky enough to have one coming to McDuffie County. The class is free and the certification is good for as long as you are selling eggs.

The classes are going to be held Nov. 20 at the McDuffie County Extension Office, which is at 337 Main Street, Thomson. The class times are 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Class size is limited to 16 people. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the GDA at 770-535-5955. Please have the following information when calling: (1) name of each person who would like to attend (2) mailing address of each person (3) email address of each person and (4) class time you would like to attend. Study material will be e-mailed after you sign–up for the class. Please remember that you only have to attend one class, sometimes folks think they need to do them all.

If you have any questions about the class please call the GDA at 770-535-5955 and ask for Tina or Bradley. Questions about the location or other questions you might have, please feel free to contact the McDuffie County Extension Office at 706-595-1815.

The very exciting news is UGA Extension McDuffie County is now seeking a full-time 4-H Program Assistant. The Program Assistant will perform duties necessary to assist the County Extension Agent in the day-to-day tasks of conducting the 4-H and Youth Development Program. The assistant will conduct meetings, deliver prepared curricula in a specific program area, and recruit students to become involved in Extension and 4-H. This job also requires some weekend and evening work plus a week or two at summer camp. The complete job posting and requirements can be found at: http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/127581.  

If you have questions about this position, please do not hesitate to call and we will be glad to help. Call the McDuffie County Extension Office at 706-595-1815.

Mark Koenig

UGA Extension Agent ANR

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