Message from Jacob Williams Towns/Union Extension Agent 4/13/21

Since the beginning of March, we have been going through the Master Gardener training with the new trainees. It’s exciting to see these new trainees come along and watch as the different concepts are connected. I know that everyone is looking forward to the new growing season. I know that our Master Gardeners have been hard at work to ready gardens and programs for visitors as the weather get warmer. I am looking forward to that warmer weather and a couple of the projects that I will be working on this summer. This summer I will have a UGA Extension intern, Jordan Pandolph, helping me. I am excited for this opportunity for Jordan, as he will work with me going on site visits and working on projects. Some of the projects that we’ll have going this summer will be growing giant pumpkins with the Union County 4-H. We hope to continue our history of dominance and bring home another state title. The pumpkins will be grown at the Union County Farmer’s Market, so come by this summer and check them out. Another project that we’ll have going will be a sweet corn variety trial out at GMREC. I’m excited for this project and the data that we’ll be able to collect from it. I think that it’s going to be something that local growers will be able to use in selecting the varieties that they choose to grow. Finally, this year we’ll also be working on a sweet sorghum variety trial for which I am very excited. There has not been much research done on sweet sorghum for syrup done recently, so we will try to create some baseline information for future research. As we look forward to this growing season, if there is any way that I can be of assistance to you, please let me know. You can call the Towns or Union Extension Office or email me at

Jacob Williams

Contact information:
Jacob Williams
UGA Extension 
Agriculture &  Natural Resources Agent Union County
County Extension Coordinator Towns County
165 Wellborn St Box 5 Blairsville, GA 30512 
67 Lakeview Circle Hiawassee, GA 30546

p: 706-439-6030 – Union
p: 706-896-2024 – Towns