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Dr. Orville Lindstrom Retires

Orville and Stephanie Lindstrom at his retirement celebrationUniversity of Georgia horticulturist Orville Lindstrom recently retired from the Griffin campus after 28 years of service. Lindstrom studied the impact of low temperatures on woody ornamental plants. His work helped nurserymen determine which ornamental plants to market to Georgians based on the state's planting zones. Lindstrom is shown with his wife Stephanie.

STEM Students Visit

East Coweta STEM Students with UGA turfgrass droneStudents from the East Coweta High School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) academy toured UGA Griffin yesterday. They learned about degree opportunities at UGA's CAES and got to see various areas of research on campus, including a drone demonstration. The drone is used in our turfgrass research for aerial monitoring of the turf. Other areas of interest were Food Science and Food Safety.

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland Holds Town Hall Meeting at UGA Griffin

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland tallking iwth UGA horticulturist Mark CzarnotaOn October 29, Congressman Lynn Westmoreland held an hour-long Town Hall Meeting on the UGA Griffin campus. The meeting was open to the public and the Congressman fielded questions and discussed some of the challenges he faces on a day-to-day basis in Washigton. He will begin his 6th term in Congress in 2015.

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.


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.




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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