Turfgrass Facilities Groundbreaking
State, industry and University of Georgia officials took shovel to soil on June 24 as they officially broke ground on three new turfgrass research and education facilities. The largest of the facilities will be located at UGA Griffin. UGA campuses in Athens and Tifton will house additional structures.
The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences supports Georgia’s $7.8 billion turfgrass industry with 10 faculty members who focus primarily on turf along with an additional eight researchers who have involvement in turf-related projects. UGA turf scientists conduct research, educate industry professionals and train students in support of all of the state’s turf-related industries.
The Griffin facility—which will house seven turfgrass scientists, their staff, postdoctoral research associates, visiting scientists and graduate students—will include modern laboratories, offices, conference and classroom space and a greenhouse complex.
WKEU Radio and YSP
YSP students who are working with the Turf Grass team at UGA Griffin participated in our weekly radio program at WKEU, along with their mentors. The topic of discussion was the upcoming groundbreaking celebration on June 24 for the campus' new Turf Grass Facilities. Young scholars participating in the show were Megan Scheulin (McIntosh High); Kaylin Wells (Georgia Cyber Academy); and Sara Reeves (Skipstone Academy).
YSP Students Attend Herb Workshop
Young Scholars enjoyed a hands-on herb workshop this week with Sheri Dorn, Coordinator of the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program. Scholars enjoyed culinary treats infused with herbs, as well as learning about how to use their aromatic properties. At the end of the workshop, students were shown several varieties of herb plants and were invited to select some to take home.
UGA Griffin Hosts ExTEND Leadership Group
UGA Griffin hosted participants of the ExTEND Advanced Leadership Group, a sixteen-month training program of University of Georgia Extension, for a three day conference in May. The program, which extends from December 2014-April 2016, includes required development sessions as well as self-directed activities. The UGA Griffin visit comprised several sessions, including one with Sheldon Hammond, director of the North West District Extension; training for Crisis Communications; and a guided tour of the campus.
First "Bluegrass in the Garden" a Success
Multi-talented UGA Griffin horticulturalist Tony Johnson (left) has long dreamed of bringing a bluegrass event to the campus garden. That dream culminated on Sunday, May 17 with two bands playing a live concert in the shaded picnic area behind the Garden Education Building. More than 100 members of the community gathered to tap their feet and clap their hands to the lively music.
Success Grows HERE
The innovative work we’re doing in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is paving the way for the future. At the forefront are world-renowned UGA faculty members, leading our research, teaching our students and providing expertise to our citizens.
Please take a look at this short video snapshot of a few faces of our success and their innovations that will help us feed the world.
New Textbook Co-authored by UGA Griffin Professor
Footprints in Micrometeorology and Ecology, a textbook coauthored by UGA Griffin Campus Professor Monique LeClerc, is now available through Springer Publishing. It is thefirst textbook on the subject offootprints and covers how tointerpret meteorological measurements made at a given level over a surface with regard to characteristic properties suchas roughness, albedo, heat, moisture, carbon dioxide, and other gases. Learn more here. The book can be ordred at www.springer.com/earth+sciences+and+geography/atmospheric+sciences/book/978-3-642-54544-3
Historical Photo Archive
The UGA Griffin library has a large collection of old photographs of the Griffin Experiment Station dating back to the 1800’s. We invite you to look at our new photo archive here. If you have any information on any of the photographs (names, activities, location, etc.) please enter it in the comments box immediately below the photograph. This will help us identify people and gather as much information as possible about the photographs. If you have any photographs of your own we encourage you to share them with us and the world through our collection.
UGA Griffin Campus weekly radio show
Every Tuesday from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. join us for the weekly UGA Griffin Campus radio show on WKEU (1450 AM or 88.9 FM) to hear the latest on the UGA Griffin Campus. Please visit WKEU and click on "listen live" to listen to the weekly show live or click on "on demand" to listen to previous shows.
Ag Advocacy is here!
Remember that article on Yahoo! Education that listed agriculture as the number one useless major? A group of students at Texas A&M started an advocacy group called “Farmers Fight." Farmers Fight is a student-led initiative that hopes to reconnect American society to the world of agriculture. Beginning with these university students, Farmers Fight encourage consumers to ask where their food comes from, and give students, faculty, public officials, farmers and ranchers an opportunity to become “agvocates” for the agriculture community. Watch this video to see the Texas A&M students promoting agriculture.
About the Griffin Campus
The Griffin Campus, one of the premier agricultural research centers in the region, addresses today's needs for research, extension and outreach, and teaching. The programs on the Griffin Campus focus on several areas including:
- Food safety and quality enhancement
- Biotechnology and genetics
- Crop and pest management
- Environment and natural resources
- Urban agriculture