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Winery Startup 101

A "Winery Startup 101 Seminar" will be held at UGA-Griffin on July 26th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This seminar will feature nationally known Winery Startup Consultant, Thomas Payette of Virginia. Growers need to know the ins and outs of winery operations even if you just plan on selling grapes. This seminar will provide wine enthusiast an opportunity to gain a greater appreciation of the work, expenses and processes that the wine producer has to go through.

Come out and increase your knowledge of the wine industry, enjoy a catered lunch, and meet with the next wave of Georgia Winery owners who will be expanding this fast growing Agritourism economic engine. For more information & registration, go to:

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.

Summer Feeding Program part of Kids Enrichment University

Summer feeding program at UGAAs part of its Kids Enrichment University program this summer, UGA is participating in a local summer feeding program. The program is a continuation of the free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs offered to students at local schools. UGA is one of several sites making the feeding program available to area students. Beginning June 9 and extending through July 11, breakfast will be served to students from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. and lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. For more information, contact Continuing Education at 770-229-3477 or For more about the full program in the Griffin-Spalding area, read here.

Spalding County 4-H Visit

Spalding County 4-H Youth in Governance groupParticipants from the Spalding County 4-H Youth in Governance program enjoyed their annual tour of the UGA Griffin campus. One of the participants from last year's tour (Shelby Morton) learned about the Griffin campus' YSP program, applied in the fall and was accepted into the 2014 program. This year she greeted the Youth in Governance group and shared her YSP experience with them and encouraged them to apply for next year's session.

Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Day at UGA

Dr. Carol Robacker speaks to Master Gardener VolunteersUGA Griffin recently hosted the Master Gardener Extension Volunteer (MGEV) Appreciation Day. The group of 200 MGEVs spent the day touring the campus and learning about the research being done at UGA-Griffin. The tour included visits to the conservation garden, organic raised beds, the Research and Education Garden, turf plots, seed storage, the campus weather station, and a presentation on ornamental horticulture.

New Textbook Co-authored by UGA Griffin Professor

Dr. Monique LeclercFootprints 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 theFootprings in Micrometerology and Ecology book 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.

Kid's Nature Expo at UGA Griffin

Kids Nature Expo 2014Twenty-four Griffin area seven to ten-year-olds attended the Seventh Annual Kids' Nature Expo at the University of Georgia Research and Education Garden in Griffin. The camp,held June 9-13, was organized by Barbara Harris of the UGA Friends of the Garden.

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. Tune in on June 24, when the program will feature participants in the Young Scholars Program discussing their research and experiences as young scholars on 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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