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The 2021-22 Georgia 4-H State Board of Directors are (front row, left to right) Georgia Simmons, Aniyah Hall, Kaylee Collins, Katie Beth Brewer, Hinano Tomlinson, (back row, left to right) Willie White, Davis Slate, Jay Lovett and Ashton Ates. CAES News
Georgia 4-H State Board
Georgia 4-H announced the 2021-22 State Board of Directors as part of an in-person statewide event for high school 4-H’ers called “THE Senior Event.”
The Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center, known as FoodPIC, at the University of Georgia campus in Griffin is a one-stop shop for food businesses looking to launch a product. Scientists here also look for ways to turn raw foods from Georgia into value-added products. Pictured are Kevin Mis Solval, assistant professor in the Food Science and Technology Department, and FoodPIC program manager Lauren Hatcher. (Photo: Ligaya Figueras/AJC) CAES News
FoodPIC Value-Adds
As farmers across the state swelter in the summer heat tending crops and livestock, food scientists inside a state-of-the-art 14,500-square-foot facility on the University of Georgia campus in Griffin are laboring over a different side of the agricultural equation: How can we get the biggest bang for the buck from Georgia’s food commodities?
Associate State 4-H Leader Melanie Biersmith, Associate Dean of Extension Laura Perry Johnson, Associate State 4-H Leader Sue Chapman, CAES Dean Nick Place, Sara Thompson, former State 4-H Leader Tom Rodgers, Diane Davies, State 4-H Leader Arch Smith and Georgia 4-H Foundation Executive Director Johnathon Barrett celebrate Davies' award at the Georgia 4-H Gala on August 14. CAES News
4-H Lifetime Achievement Award
Diane Davies, retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H specialist and senior public service associate, received the Georgia 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2021 Georgia 4-H Gala on August 14.
The University of Georgia will hold a free COVID-19 vaccination drive-through clinic at the Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia, from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, August 19. CAES News
Free Vaccine Clinic
The University of Georgia will hold a free COVID-19 vaccination drive-through clinic at the Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia, from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, August 19.
AgDawg Kickoff Athens 81 CAES News
AgDawg Kickoff
As University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences students return to campus this month, the fall tradition of AgDawg Kickoff will again welcome them with free t-shirts and dinner from a selection of food trucks at the UGA CAES Livestock Instructional Arena at 6 p.m. August 25.
The UGA cotton research team identified 24 Georgia counties where the presence of cotton leafroll dwarf virus (CLRDV) has been confirmed from commercial fields and UGA research farms during 2018-2019. CAES News
Cotton Leaf Roll Dwarf Virus
While aphids aren’t a direct threat to cotton plants, they can carry a persistent virus that is difficult to control and can cause significant losses in one of Georgia’s most important crops.
Late summer is the right time to prepare soil for September to October plantings of cool-season crops such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collards, kale, Swiss chard and Brussels sprouts. CAES News
Winter Garden Prep
The end of summer into early fall tends to be the hottest time of the year in the state of Georgia. Many of us are about tired of laboring in our summer gardens, and the heat, humidity, and disease and insect pressure have certainly taken their toll on our summer crops. However, for those of us who still have the gardening itch, the last weeks of summer are the ideal time to prepare your garden for winter vegetables.
Spalding County was recognized earlier this summer with a 2021 County Excellence Award from Georgia Trend magazine and the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) for the Healthy Life Community Garden (HLCG) project in Griffin, Georgia's Fairmont community. CAES News
Community Garden
Labeled a food desert by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Fairmont community in Griffin, Georgia, has historically had slim options for sourcing fresh, nutritious food nearby. But this desert is becoming an oasis of fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to a group of dedicated agencies and volunteers who have worked hard for nearly 10 years to create a thriving community garden.
Eric Okanume aims to give a voice to others. A future physician, he takes on leadership roles to advocate for mutual empowerment and ensure college readiness among underrepresented communities. CAES News
Amazing Student
A biological sciences major from Hiram, Eric Okanume is an aspiring doctor who's also interested in business and leadership. He’s active with the Georgia African American Male Experience and has been a part of the UGA business living-learning community.
Francis Fluharty, who joined UGA as head of the Department of Animal and Dairy Science at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 2018, has been appointed to serve as a subject extern examiner for the University College of Dublin’s School of Agriculture and Food Science in Ireland. CAES News
Dublin Appointment
Francis Fluharty, head of the Department of Animal and Dairy Science at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has been appointed to serve as a subject extern examiner for the University College of Dublin’s School of Agriculture and Food Science.