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Professor Francisco Diez-Gonzalez oversees the UGA Center for Food Safety, which conducts important research to help safeguard the food supply against foodborne microorganisms and their toxins. CAES News
Professor Francisco Diez-Gonzalez oversees the UGA Center for Food Safety, which conducts important research to help safeguard the food supply against foodborne microorganisms and their toxins.
UGA plays pivotal role in food safety
World Food Safety Day is celebrated annually on June 7. When it comes to researching ways to reduce the impact of harmful microorganisms in the food supply, the University of Georgia has an internationally recognized reputation in food safety research, with microbiologists throughout the university examining ways to improve food safety both within the U.S. and globally.  
A layer of natural mulch around plants will help protect soil moisture from evaporation and provide organic material for your soils. CAES News
A layer of natural mulch around plants will help protect soil moisture from evaporation and provide organic material for your soils.
UGA Extension recommends water-wise irrigation methods for the home landscape
You might be reaching for the watering can here in Georgia, considering recent hot and dry conditions over most of the state. And with World Environment Day coming up on June 5, home gardeners are considering what they can do to sustainably irrigate their plants and sustain soil moisture. There are actions you can take now to help conserve water in your landscape and keep your plants hydrated.
Argentine black and white tegus, the largest of all tegus, can reach 4 feet long and weigh 10 pounds or more. CAES News
Argentine black and white tegus, the largest of all tegus, can reach 4 feet long and weigh 10 pounds or more.
Public help needed to control invasive tegu lizards in southeast Georgia
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is assisting the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNR) in the effort to find and remove tegus from the wild in southeast Georgia, and the public’s help remains critical to keeping these big, South American lizards from getting a toehold in the state.
UGA Weather Network Director Pam Knox checks one of the data-logger boxes maintained by the network. All of the observational instruments connect to the data-logger, which collects and transmits weather data at 15-minute intervals, which is then disseminated through the UGA Weather Network website. CAES News
UGA Weather Network Director Pam Knox checks one of the data-logger boxes maintained by the network. All of the observational instruments connect to the data-logger, which collects and transmits weather data at 15-minute intervals, which is then disseminated through the UGA Weather Network website.
UGA Weather Network celebrates 30 years of service to agriculture in Georgia
On June 1, 1991, the first agricultural weather station operated by the University of Georgia began transmitting data from Griffin, Georgia. Since then, the UGA Weather Network has grown to include 87 stations scattered across the state, providing weather data to a variety of users. On June 1 this year, this 30-year record of continuous weather data makes the UGA Weather Network one of the oldest state weather networks in the country.
UGA Extension consumer horticulturist Bob Westerfield checks bean plants for signs of disease and insects on the UGA campus in Griffin. Westerfield grows vegetables at work to be prepared to answer home gardener questions. He grows them at home for his dinner table. CAES News
UGA Extension consumer horticulturist Bob Westerfield checks bean plants for signs of disease and insects on the UGA campus in Griffin. Westerfield grows vegetables at work to be prepared to answer home gardener questions. He grows them at home for his dinner table.
Unusually cool spring temperatures may impede Georgia vegetable gardens
To call this past spring in Georgia normal would be a mischaracterization. Typical springs in Georgia seem to last about three days — and then we hit the hot weather. This spring, the cooler temperatures were most pleasant and hung on through the middle of May. Rainfall has also been feast or famine, and wind patterns have been higher than normal. Together, these conditions have made for a challenging time in the vegetable garden.
Although there is no one-size-fits-all rule to rotational grazing management, to provide forage rest and recovery and improve grazing efficiency, the first step is to get cattle moving. CAES News
Although there is no one-size-fits-all rule to rotational grazing management, to provide forage rest and recovery and improve grazing efficiency, the first step is to get cattle moving.
UGA beef nutritionist and 'forage fanatic' offers tips for managed grazing from a distance
As the face of the American farmer changes, so do some of the methodologies, technologies and results. This is no different for the young ranchers trying to get started in the business or starting new roots away from the family farm. The reality is that many of us have jobs and homes away from the farm and run cattle on land that we don’t see every day, sometimes only once a week if we’re lucky. Considering this situation I understand why, after talking about the benefits of managed grazing, I often get the long looks that say, “That sounds good but it won’t work for me.”
Domestic cats become infected with bobcat fever after being bitten by an infected Lone Star tick (Amblyomma americanum). A female Lone Star tick is shown here on a fingertip for size. CAES News
Domestic cats become infected with bobcat fever after being bitten by an infected Lone Star tick (Amblyomma americanum). A female Lone Star tick is shown here on a fingertip for size.
Tick-borne bobcat fever poses serious threat to domestic cats
Experts at the University of Georgia are urging cat owners across the state to proactively protect their pets as cases of cytauxzoonosis, or bobcat fever, an often fatal tick-borne disease, are spiking in middle Georgia.
Former Georgia 4-H'er and 2021 American Idol runner-up Willie Spence performs with Clovers and Co. during his time with the youth performance group. CAES News
Former Georgia 4-H'er and 2021 American Idol runner-up Willie Spence performs with Clovers and Co. during his time with the youth performance group.
4-H alumnus Willie Spence brings the rhythm of Georgia to American Idol
Willie Spence, who once took the stage as a member of the Georgia 4-H Clovers and Company youth performance group, rose to command one of the most recognizable stages in the world as runner up for the 2021 American Idol season finale on May 23.
In the sculptured resin bee (left), females have a pointed abdomen, while the males have a blunt edge. Both males and females have a striated abdomen with raised bands. The thorax and abdomen of the carpenter bee (right) are connected, bald and smooth. CAES News
In the sculptured resin bee (left), females have a pointed abdomen, while the males have a blunt edge. Both males and females have a striated abdomen with raised bands. The thorax and abdomen of the carpenter bee (right) are connected, bald and smooth.
Giant invasive bees could threaten native pollinators
University of Georgia entomologists are seeking citizen help to document the presence of the sculptured resin bee — also known as the giant resin bee — an invasive bee that could threaten the native carpenter bee population.