The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) is one of the oldest and largest colleges of agriculture in the nation. With an annual budget of close to $200 million (FY15), of which the largest single source is sponsored research, it is also among the most comprehensive and research-intensive. The college’s research, instruction, and extension activities support a ~$75 billion food and fiber industry, the largest sector of the economy in the state of Georgia. Beyond state borders, CAES scientists solve agricultural and environmental problems across the nation and the world.
The CAES encompasses nine academic departments, six official centers, and one institute. It offers a diverse and comprehensive research portfolio based on a well-integrated blend of fundamental and translational research. Internationally recognized centers of excellence have emerged in the areas of plant breeding and genomics; food quality, food safety, and product development; and animal genetics, reproductive technology, and nutrition. The CAES operates nine college-wide research and education centers located across the state and comprising more than 11,000 acres, providing unprecedented opportunities for problem-solving research and technology transfer to growers and other stakeholders.
UGA in general is a leader in technology commercialization based on university research. For the past 5 years, the university has ranked among the top 5 of all U.S. universities for the total number of licenses and options executed. Typically about 75% of the university’s licensing revenue is generated by the CAES, primarily from royalties associated with patented plant cultivars.