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Congressman Lynn Westmoreland to hold Town Hall Meeting at UGA Griffin

On October 29, UGA Griffin will host Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (3rd District, Georgia) for a Town Hall Meeting. This meeting will be from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the Student Learning Center, Room 104, and is open to the public.

UGA Griffin breaks ground on Food Technology Center

A neat, long pile of soil anchored with red handled shovels standing at attention waited under blue skies and perfect fall temperatures as a crowd gathered to witness the long awaited groundbreaking for the UGA Griffin Food Technology Center on Friday, October 17th.

The event was more a celebration of the culmination of local, university and state efforts to build this world class center a proper home from which to operate. Gov. Nathan Deal, UGA President Jere Morehead, Regent Tommy Hopkins, Rep. David Knight and Griffin Spalding Development Authority Chairman Chuck Copeland all spoke to the gathering, reminding everyone of the importance of the FoodPIC Center to the community, the university, the country and the world.

Let the dirt be turned!  View ceremony photos here.

2014 Scarecrows in the Garden

2014 ScarecrowDon't forget to check out Scarecrows in the Garden at the UGA Griffin Research and Education Garden on Ellis Road, starting this week. They will be on display throughout the month. The Scarecrows in the Garden celebration will be on October 26 from 1-4 p.m. and will feature pumpkin bowling, face painting, story telling, jewelry making and more. This is a free, family-friendly event.

Fall Plant Sale

UGA BlueberriesIf you ordered plants, please plan to pick them up at the UGA Griffin Research and Education Garden this Sunday, October 19 from 2-4:30 p.m. Make checks payable to "Friends of the Garden."

CAES Assistant Dean Jerry Arkin Retires

Dr. Kris Braman and Dr. Jerry Arkin at his retirement celebrationOn September 30, UGA administration, faculty, staff and students joined CAES Assistant Dean Jerry Arkin as he celebrated his retirement after 27 years of service. He was touted for all of his many accomplishments, including being an integral part of bringing academic programs to the Griffin campus. Dr. Kris Braman, (pictured left) will serve in the interim until a permanent replacement is chosen.  Dr. Braman has been with UGA for more than 25 years, serving as faculty in entomology and as Director of the Center for Urban Agriculture.  A second celebration was held in the evening, allowing community business leaders, elected officials and friends of the campus to express appreciation and well wishes to Dr. Arkin. To see pictures from his celebrations, please click here and here. We thank Dr. Jerry Arkin for his dedication to UGA Griffin and the Griffin-Spalding community and wish him the best in his retirement.

David Jongebreur Completes Facilities Management Course

David Jongebreur graduates from APPADavid Jongebreur, Design Engineer for UGA Griffin’s Facility Management Division, recently graduated from the APPA Institute for Facilities Management. APPA’s curriculum covers general administration and management; maintenance and operations; energy and utilities; and planning, design and curriculum.




UGA Griffin Team Wins United Way Cardboard Boat Race - Again

UGA Griffin race team winning the Untied Way cardboard boat raceThe "Sparkin' Arkin" pulled our UGA team to victory once again at the 7th Annual United Way Cardboard Boat Race. This made six wins for the Griffin campus team. A UGA contingency cheered the race team on to victory, all wearing red jerseys with a number 1 on the front and "UGA Griffin" on the back. The worthy vessel was named for our own Assistant Dean Gerald Arkin.

Art in the Garden

Art in the Garden caricature artistArt in the Garden was a big success - over 50 artists showed their work in the beautiful Research and Education Garden. The weather was beautiful and the parking lots were full. Art in the Garden is sponsored by Friends of the Garden, who also fed the artists and volunteers with a delicious cook out.


Provost Visits Griffin Campus

Dr. Wayne Gardner shares his research with Provost WhittenUniversity of Georgia Provost, Dr. Pamela Whitten, held a Town Hall Meeting at UGA Griffin on September 9. Following the meeting, in which Dr. Whitten answered questions from staff and faculty concerning academic programs, research budgets, and other areas of interest for the campus, she lunched with area community leaders. Dr. Whitten then toured the campus with Dr. Gerald Arkin (CAES) and Dr. Doris Christopher (Academic Affairs)and met with faculty to discuss their research in plant genertic resources conservation, entomology, food science and food safety.

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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