Candler County has a new Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent in the office of the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension. The man for the job is Ross Greene, who will be splitting his schedule between the Candler County Extension office and the Evans County Extension office.
Greene started to work as the ag agent in Evans County earlier in 2019. He is from the Hillview Community between Metter and Claxton, so he is familiar with the area covered by both of his extension offices.
“The plan is that I have hours devoted in each of the offices two days each week,” explains Greene.
Currently, he works in the Claxton office on Mondays and Wednesdays, in Metter on Tuesdays and Thursdays, leaving Friday as the day he will work wherever he is most needed. This schedule started at the beginning of November when the decision was made to have Greene act as ag agent in both Candler and Evans Counties.
Married to Rebekah Bowen Greene, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Sam Bowen, the Greenes are truly a Cooperative Extension family. His wife works for the UGA Extension as the 4-H agent in Tattnall County.
The Greenes live on the Greene family farm with their two children, Sara and Sam. Greene is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Greene who also reside in the Hillview Community.
“We consider ourselves to be local, with deep roots,” explains Greene. He adds that their parents are very satisfied with where the couple has decided to live and work.
Greene is a 2005 graduate of Pinewood Christian Academy in Belleville. He attended Georgia Southern University and transferred to the University of Georgia where he received a degree in Agribusiness in 2010.
Since his college graduation, Greene has worked on the family farm growing tobacco and cotton. He was employed by Southern States Cooperative in Belleville for three years prior to accepting the position of ag agent with the Evans County Extension office in July 2019.
As the agriculture and natural resources agent, Greene is available to help homeowners and commercial clientele with any agricultural and natural resources related issues. These include landscape management, pest and wildlife control and vegetable and fruit production. The office of the Cooperative Extension can provide sound advice on plants, weeds and insects.
The services of Ag Agent Ross Greene include information and testing services, soil analysis, plant tissue analysis, water quality testing, as well as information about pesticides, hazardous waste and feed and forages. Testing services are provided by the Agriculture and Environmental Services Laboratories through the office of the Cooperative Extension.
The ag agent’s position in Candler County has been vacant since previous agent Ben Reeves left in November 2019.
Greene says he is here to help local farmers, gardeners and others with any agriculture or natural resources related issues. Due to his split schedule, he suggests that calling the Extension office before stopping by.
The University of Georgia Extension Office is located in the County Building on Hiawatha Street in Metter. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 AM until noon and from 1 until 4 p.m. The telephone number is 912-685-9774.