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Blueberries growing on the Alapaha farm in Alapaha, Georgia in this file photo. CAES News
IPM Grant
The University of Georgia has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop organic methods of controlling the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). 
Kris Braman heads UGA’s Department of Entomology. She joined the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty in 1989, working on the college’s campus in Griffin, Georgia. She was recently selected for the university's Women’s Leadership Fellows Program. CAES News
Braman Honored
University of Georgia professor Kris Braman has been named one of nine cohorts in the 2018-2019 Women’s Leadership Fellows Program at UGA.
Some 135 people attended the first UGA’s first Rural Stress Summit held Dec. 10-11 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport in Atlanta. Sponsored by UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Family and Consumer Sciences and School of Social Work, the event drew participants from 20 states and the District of Colombia and was organized to educate and motivate representatives of state and federal funded groups that serve rural Americans. CAES News
Rural Stress
A farmer driving a tractor over rolling fields of crops ready to harvest is often the idyllic image associated with farm life. In reality, the life of a farmer is often wrought with worry and financial stress due to a variety of factors from crop disease and destructive insects to violent storms, drought, and damaging floods. All of these factors and more contribute to the sobering fact that the suicide rate among farmers is the third highest of any vocational group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Temple Grandin, world-renowned animal agriculture consultant and advocate for the autism community, spoke to a crowd of about 400 Georgia 4-H club members and supporters on Dec. 4, 2018, at the UGA Livestock Arena. The event was hosted by Jackson County 4-H. CAES News
Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin, world-renowned animal agriculture consultant and advocate for the autism community, is no stranger to overcoming challenges. So when Grandin stepped to the podium and told a crowd of young people to think their problems through and face what scares them, they listened.
CAES Office of Global Programs Associate Director Vicki McMaken, CAES doctoral candidate Davis Musia Gimode and CAES undergraduate Sara Reeves attended this year’s World Food Prize symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. CAES News
World Food Prize
Students in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) spend a lot of class time discussing ways to end food insecurity, but there are many lessons that can’t be learned in the classroom.
CAES Dean Sam Pardue chats with peanut economist Adam Rabinowitz following the Ag Forecast in Lyons, Georgia, on Jan. 30, 2018. CAES News
Ag Forecast
Sam Pardue, dean of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), will serve as the keynote speaker at the upcoming Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series set for Jan. 22 through Feb. 1. The annual meetings allow UGA agricultural economists to address Georgia’s farmers, lenders and agribusiness leaders about the latest trends and economic conditions in Georgia’s No. 1 industry — agriculture.
UGA Extension weed scientist Stanley Culpepper speaks about weed research during a field day. CAES News
Using Pesticides Wisely
A state program aimed at teaching farmers and other pesticide applicators how to properly apply pesticides continues to limit pesticide drift in Georgia. The educational training system, called “Using Pesticides Wisely,” was created by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. UGA Extension weed scientist Stanley Culpepper, who developed the training, credits Georgia farmers’ excellent teamwork and decision-making for the low number of pesticide drift complaints in Georgia in 2017.
The UGArden’s Medicinal Herb Program markets 10 locally grown teas, including this exam season favorite. CAES News
Medicinal Herbs
In the last year, the medicinal herb program at UGArden, the University of Georgia’s student-run farm, has expanded its product line and the number of students involved has expanded rapidly.
University of Georgi Crop and Soil Sciences Professor Wayne Parrott and Assistant Professor Jason Wallace are working with the carnivorous water plant bladderwort in hopes that its unique genetic structure can shed some light on ways to reduce crosstalk between new genes during advanced plant breeding. CAES News
Bladderwort Research
With the advent of CRISPR technologies and other precise genome editing methods, it has become faster and easier for crop scientists to breed new varieties. But there are still a few technical roadblocks that need to be overcome.
Eric Rubenstein, assistant professor of agricultural leadership, education and communication in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, helped his agricultural education students gain a teacher's perspective on the National FFA Convention and Expo by taking his class to the event. CAES News
FFA Convention
University of Georgia agricultural education students usually stand out in a crowd, but there’s something exciting about being around thousands of people who share a purpose.