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Casey Ritz

Casey Ritz
Date Honored: 10/04/2011

2011 D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Extension

Department: Animal and Dairy Science

A native of Oregon, Casey Ritz grew up on a small turkey and sheep farm in the Willamette Valley. He received a bachelor's degree in zoology and master's degree in animal science from Brigham Young University and a PhD in poultry science from Virginia Tech.

Casey has been an Extension poultry specialist for the past 18 years. Before coming to UGA in 2000, he served seven years as a poultry extension specialist at West Virginia University. Since joining the UGA poultry science faculty, he has focused his Extension programs on broiler production, environmental and waste management. He also assists Georgia's vast poultry industry with nutrient management issues, improving production and environmental air quality.

He has authored or co-authored 41 peer-reviewed publications, 38 abstracts and 22 trade journal publications. He has served as an invited speaker at 48 national and international meetings and at 207 in-state meetings to poultry industry audiences.

Casey has contributed to successful grant submissions totaling more than $2.7 million and has served on numerous national and regional projects and initiatives. He is active in the development of UGA's annual poultry conferences for the state's poultry industry. He is a strong supporter of 4-H and FFA youth programs through poultry judging activities.

He currently serves as the president of the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents, a professional improvement organization for extension faculty. Casey's honors include receiving the 2008 Poultry Science Association Award for Excellence in Extension and being named to the 2011 CAES Extension Academy for Professional Excellence.


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