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Senator Johnny Isakson visit

Senator Johnny Isakson and Dr. Gerald ArkinU. S. Senator Johnny Isakson conducted a town hall meeting at UGA Griffin on Wednesday, August 27. The session was open to the public, and the Senator fielded questions from a full room during his hour on campus. He stated that he would "rather take questions from constituents than to make a boring 45-minute speech." He limited questions to one per person to allow more participation. Questions ranged from corporate inversion, to the Affordable Care Act and the stalemate in the Senate.

Impact Speaker Series

Juanita Howard with print of East Griffin School by Joyce Smith-PerdueJuanita Howard won a print of the East Griffin School by Joyce Smith-Perdue at the recent Impact Speaker Series at UGA Griffin. Juanita is an East Griffin alum. The program was "The Feeding of Our Children: Griffin School Nutrition Past and Present." It featured a 1948 film by General Mills of the East Griffin school's nutrition program as well as a panel of current principals whose schools participate in the Backpack Food for Kids program. About 100 members of the community attended the program, some of whom appeared in the General Mills' film. Those in attendance were challenged to support the program, which fed 235 students last year.

Governor Nathan Deal Speaks at Turfgrass Field Day

Governor Nathan Deal speaks at 2014 Turfgrass Field DayThe UGA Griffin turf research team recently hosted the 2014 Turfgrass Field Day. Estimated attendance to this popular event was about 800 people representing the turf industry, pest control/lawn care operators, local farmers, city and state officials, and others with an interest in turf. Governor Nathan Deal was the guest speaker, acknowledging the importance of the turfgrass industry to the state. Georgia's turfgrass and related industries contribute more than $7.8 billion to the economy annually and provide more than 87,000 full- and part-time jobs.

UGA Griffin hosts United Way Kick Off

UGA The Griffin-Spalding County United Way held its 2014/15 Pacesetter Kick-Off at the UGA Griffin campus while also recognizing those who helped make the 2013/14 campaign a success. This year’s campaign motto is “Power of One – It Starts With Me.” The UGA “dawg” (pictured) did his best to represent the theme. For more information about the 2014/15 campaign, see related article here.

Dawgs' Chaplain visits UGA Griffin

UGA Bulldogs Chaplain Kevin Hines visits UGA GriffinKevin "Chappy" Hines, chaplain for the Georgia Bulldogs, was on the UGA Griffin campus this week as the guest lecturer for Oak Hill Baptist's monthly Power Lunch. Hines gave an inspirational talk on humans not being perfect. "I serve Perfection, but I'm not perfect." Hines is shown (center) with Assistant Dean Jerry Arkin (left) and UGA Griffin student/employee Brian Weldy.

Young Scholars visit Costa Rica

YSP students and staff at UGA Costa RicaSecond-year participants in the Young Scholars Program traveled to Costa Rica from July 13-23. The trip included stays at EARTH University, UGA Costa Rica and Rancho Margot. Students were immersed in the culture and learned first hand about organic and sustainable farming. Students were paired for homestays with local families. For more pictures of the Costa Rica visit, click here.

NASA Science Writing Winners Announced

NASA Science Writing Winners The University of Georgia Griffin Campus, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, recently held their 3rdannual NASA Science Writing Challenge banquet where area high school students were recognized for outstanding achievement in science writing.

Three finalists received an all-expense paid trip to a NASA space camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL where they will participate in a six-day Advanced Space Academy. While at camp, they will be immersed in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) focusing on college and career preparations.

The winning finalists heading to space camp in July are Joshua Barkley, Spalding High School, first place; Peace Olaniran, Jonesboro High School, second place; and Cierrah Guerrero, Pike County High School, third place. The students were mentored by Dr. Ian Flitcroft and Dr. Tim Williams.

GA Tech President visits UGA Griffin

GA Tech President Bud Peterson and others doing taste test in Food ScienceGeorgia Tech President Bud Peterson and Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black came to Griffin on June 19 for a tour of the campus. The tour included updates on existing projects between Georgia Tech researchers and UGA Center for Food Safety scientists and research on parasites, pathogens on cantaloupes and an antimicrobial food rinse developed by CFS Director Michael Doyle and research scientist Tong Zhao. The guests also sampled Georgia blueberries in the sensory lab and heard updates on blueberry and poultry projects conducted in the Food Innovation and Commercialization Center.

New Textbook Co-authored by UGA Griffin Professor

Dr. Monique LeclercFootprints in Micrometeorology and Ecology, a textbook coauthored bFootprings in Micrometerology and Ecology booky 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

New UGA peach specialist listening, learning from Georgia growers

UGA peach specialist Dr. Dario ChavezAs the University of Georgia’s new peach specialist, Dario Chavez’s first order of business is to listen. While he’s waiting for the new research orchard on the UGA Griffin Campus to be planted and develop, Chavez is hearing what Georgia peach growers have to say and planning projects to meet their needs. Read more here.


Dr. Walid Alili Recognized

Dr. Walid AlaliWalid Alali, a scientist with the University of Georgia Griffin Campus, has received the University of Georgia Creative Research Medal — an award presented to faculty who have conducted outstanding research within the past five years on a single topic. Read more here.

Success Grows Here

The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is the fertile ground where success grows into the reality of Georgia’s future.  Please take a look at this short video snapshot of a few faces of our success.  Click on the image below to launch the video.

UGA CAES video

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.

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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:

  • Education
  • Food safety and quality enhancement
  • Biotechnology and genetics
  • Crop and pest management
  • Environment and natural resources
  • Urban agriculture
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