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Protecting Georgia Pollinators

Personnel on the Griffin Campus recently contributed to the development of our first state plan for protecting Georgia’s pollinators. Mike Evans (Georgia Department of Agriculture) and Kris Braman (Entomology/Center for Urban Agriculture) were part of the writing team that in 2015 developed the Georgia State Pollinator Protection Plan. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has strongly encouraged states to develop plans to promote cooperation between pesticide users, farmers, beekeepers, and homeowners in protecting needed pollinators.

Honeybees, native bees, butterflies, beetles, wasps, and beetles are all pollinators. Bees out-perform other pollinators because of their dietary need for pollen and nectar, their hairy bodies that carry pollen grains easily, and their rapid flight from flower to flower. The annual benefit to Georgia from all biotic pollinators combined at over $300 million. The Georgia state plan is one of the first in the country and we all have a role to play.

Dr. Jerry Johnson Receives 2015 Inventor's Award

Dr. Jerry Johnson with wheat Dr. Jerry Johnson, who has been at the UGA Griffin campus since 1977, has been recognized with the 2015 Inventor's Award from the University of Georgia's Research Foundation (UGARF) for his work in developing new wheat varieties. Dr. Johnson recalls growing up on his family farm in Perry, Georgia and loving the sight of wheat growing in the fields. Read the full story here.

Five Finalists named for CAES Dean and Director

Five finalists for the position of dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will visit the UGA campus in Athens in December to meet with members of the university community. The position was opened when Dean Scott Angle stepped down after a decade of service to accept a position as president and CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Center. To learn more about the finalists, click here.

UGA Researcher Conducts Study on Kitchen Utensil Contamination

Marilyn Erickson, UGA Griffin food scientistA UGA study led by food scientist Marilyn Erickson has found that both kitchen knives and graters can cause additional cross-contamination of pathogens from one produce item to another if the utensils weren't washed. Marilyn has been researching produce for the past 10 years. Her past work has mainly focused on the fate of bacteria on produce when it’s introduced to plants in the field during farming. Read more.



UGA Griffin Welcomes New Leadership

Brian Vermeer, Alfredo Martinez and Lew HunnicuttOn November 2, the UGA Griffin campus welcomed Dr. Lew Hunnicutt as Assistant Provost and Campus Director. He spent his first day in Athens, and his first full day on the Griffin campus on Tuesday was spent getting acquainted with staff and faculty. Prior to coming to UGA, Dr.Hunnicutt was vice president of extended services for two campuses of Frank Phillips College in the Texas Panhandle. The Assistant Provost and Campus Director of UGA-Griffin is a new position, and Dr. Hunnicutt will oversee all research, extension and instructional programs on the campus. He will report dually to the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost to support instructional missions of the campus and to the dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to support the research and extension missions of the college.

The UGA Griffin campus gave Dr. Hunnicutt a warm welcoeme - see photos from the reception on our Facebook page.

Oral History Project

Fairmont Oral History ProjectThe Fairmont Community Oral History Project is a collaboration between the Griffin Branch NAACP and the Richard B. Russell Library and Griffin Campus Library of the University of Georgia. The seed was planted in the meetings of the Educational Prosperity Initiative which is also chaired by the president of the Griffin Branch NAACP, Jewel Walker-Harps. Thanks are extended to our collaborators: Griffin Housing Authority; Spalding County Collaborative; Fairmont Alumni Association; University of Georgia—Athens and Griffin campuses; and the Educational Prosperity Initiative, which is an affiliate of the Spalding County Collaborative and others. You can hear some of the interviews and read the transcripts here.

Pictured above (L-R) are Jewell Walker-Harps, Art Cain (Continuing Education), librarian John Cruickshank, and Be-Atrice Cunningham, Project Manager for the Assistant Dean's Office.

If you wish to participate in this project and in an ongoing oral history of the UGA Griffin campus, please contact UGA Griffin librarian John Cruickshank at

UGA Griffin Turfgrass Program Highlighted

The Georgia Farm Bureau recently filmed a segment on the UGA Griffin turf science program. Watch the segment here.

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

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 the first textbook on the subject of footprints and covers how to interpret meteorological measurements made at a given level over a surface with regard to characteristic properties such as roughness, albedo, heat, moisture, carbon dioxide, and other gases. Learn more here. The book can be ordered at

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
University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)