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College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researchers tested biodegradable pots made from (left to right) wood pulp fiber, cow manure and coconut coir. CAES News
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researchers tested biodegradable pots made from (left to right) wood pulp fiber, cow manure and coconut coir.
Sustainable Gardening
Professional and home gardeners alike can grow landscapes sustainably with the help of biodegradable plant containers, but gardeners may wonder whether these containers decompose quickly enough to avoid hindering plant growth.
Freshly picked blueberries sit in baskets at the University of Georgia horticulture farm in Athens, Ga. CAES News
Freshly picked blueberries sit in baskets at the University of Georgia horticulture farm in Athens, Ga.
Essential Oil Grant
Organic fruit and vegetable growers want to meet the recent uptick in national consumer demand, but they need additional tools to battle pests and diseases that often accompany organic crop growth.
Since the Congressional Agricultural Fellowship program’s inception in 1997, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has helped develop new generations of agricultural policymakers by providing them with the opportunity to gain real-world experience at the highest level. Current Congressional Agricultural Fellows Grace Dodds (left) and Julie Bacon pose in front of UGA's Delta Hall in Washington, D.C. CAES News
Since the Congressional Agricultural Fellowship program’s inception in 1997, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has helped develop new generations of agricultural policymakers by providing them with the opportunity to gain real-world experience at the highest level. Current Congressional Agricultural Fellows Grace Dodds (left) and Julie Bacon pose in front of UGA's Delta Hall in Washington, D.C.
2020 Congressional Ag Fellows
Four undergraduate students from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are representing the college in Washington, D.C., serving as 2020 CAES Congressional Agricultural Fellows.
A fawn lies calmly in Miranda Hopper’s arms after an examination in the wild. Face coverings help fawns stay relaxed while data are taken, including their weight and length. They are also fitted with a GPS collar to track them over the next several months and tags are put in their ears. CAES News
A fawn lies calmly in Miranda Hopper’s arms after an examination in the wild. Face coverings help fawns stay relaxed while data are taken, including their weight and length. They are also fitted with a GPS collar to track them over the next several months and tags are put in their ears.
Deer Data
For students who work in the University of Georgia’s Deer Research Laboratory, the concept of face coverings is not new.
Simerjeet “Simer” Virk, who has served as a research engineer in the UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 2016, took on a new role Aug. 1 as assistant professor and Extension precision agriculture specialist on UGA’s Tifton campus. CAES News
Simerjeet “Simer” Virk, who has served as a research engineer in the UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 2016, took on a new role Aug. 1 as assistant professor and Extension precision agriculture specialist on UGA’s Tifton campus.
Precision Ag Specialist
Georgia producers have a new precision agriculture resource to enhance productivity on their farms.
Pine trees on the UGA Westbrook Farm in Griffin, Ga. (file photo) CAES News
Pine trees on the UGA Westbrook Farm in Griffin, Ga. (file photo)
Tax Guide
Keeping up with changes in Georgia’s property tax laws is a full-time job, and a new book shows the fruits of these efforts.
Governor Brian Kemp recognized Lee Nunn of Madison, Georgia, as the 2020 Farmer of the Year on July 8, 2020. CAES News
Governor Brian Kemp recognized Lee Nunn of Madison, Georgia, as the 2020 Farmer of the Year on July 8, 2020.
2020 Farmer of the Year
Lee Nunn of Madison, Georgia, planted his first wheat crop on 50 acres of his wife’s family farm when it became available to rent just over a dozen years ago. He quickly realized his passion for farming and began renting more land, now growing wheat, soybeans, field peas, corn and cotton on more than 1,500 acres.
Lettuce is grown under red LED lights at a research greenhouse. U.S. growers spend about $600 million per year on electricity for lighting in their greenhouses and plant factories. (Photo by Neil Mattson) CAES News
Lettuce is grown under red LED lights at a research greenhouse. U.S. growers spend about $600 million per year on electricity for lighting in their greenhouses and plant factories. (Photo by Neil Mattson)
Energy Informatics
LED lightbulbs, programmable thermostats, high-density insulation and electric vehicles — despite these innovations, about two-thirds of the energy produced in the U.S. is lost to inefficiencies, according to national studies. For scientists and economists who work on the barriers between people and a sustainable future, that’s a dire number, but modern data management is helping to reduce it.
Irrigation on a corn field the University of Georgia Tifton Campus (file photo). CAES News
Irrigation on a corn field the University of Georgia Tifton Campus (file photo).
Produce Safety
An online tool developed by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is helping produce growers assess their water quality and prepare for increased testing requirements.