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January 22, 2010

Annual Corn Meetings:

The Corn Short Course and Georgia Corn Growers Association Annual Meeting was held on Wednesday at the Conference Center. There was excellent attendance (over 180 people) and an outstanding program. Participants learned about reducing the impact of mycotoxins, reducing plant stress, plant diseases and insect resistance, economics, new varieties and other topics. As usual the UGA Tifton Campus was well represented on the program with UGA and USDA-ARS scientists. Thanks to Dr. Dewey Lee for his leadership for this annual event.

Peanut Farm Show:

The 34th annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show was held on Thursday at the Albany Civic Center. The show was sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission and provided peanut farmers a full day to view farming equipment, products and attend educational seminars. The UGA Tifton Campus was well represented by scientists in the educational sessions and in the trade show, as research and extension programming was shared with attendees. This event is an excellent venue to share advances with members of the peanut industry. Thanks to our faculty for their many contributions to the Farm Show and the peanut industry.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT:

  • Tifton Campus Ag Ed Student Awarded $1000 Scholarship:
    Les Bateson, an Ag Education major on the Tifton Campus was recently awarded the "Garland & Anita Thompson Family Scholarship." The scholarship was established in 2009 by Mr. Garland Thompson in memory of Mrs. Anita Burton Thompson. Mr. Thompson has promoted the conservation of natural resources throughout his agribusiness career and as Chairman of the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. The $1000 scholarship is offered to students majoring in soil and water conservation and related fields to encourage careers in conservation. Congratulations, Les Bateson!
  • Tifton Campus Students Make Dean's List:
    Zack Free and April Richards made the Dean's List for Fall Semester 2009. This placed them in the "exclusive 9% of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences undergraduate population which earned Dean's List honors for Fall Semester," according to their congratulatory letter from Dean Angle and Dr. Broder.
  • UGA Ambassadors Attend National Ag Ambassador Conference:
    Ambassadors from Tifton and Athens campuses attended the 15th annual National Agricultural Ambassador Conference in Davis CA. The University of California Davis hosted the conference on January 16-18, 2010. Tifton Campus Ambassadors Jason Ford and Mark Lashley attended the conference along with eight Athens campus ambassadors. The tradition of the NAAC is to bring together the nation's top agricultural student leaders to share ideas and learn from each other. This year's theme was "Diverse Leaders, United Vision" focusing on our various backgrounds and geographic locations to come together for a united purpose to develop leadership skills and promote agriculture. The conference consisted of Keynote Speakers, Excellence and Professional Workshops, and Group Activities. Keynote speakers consisted of people from California representatives, a professor from UC Davis, and private industry. All the UGA Ambassadors really enjoyed the conference and learned leadership skills, recruitment strategies, and future ways to make a difference within the university and community. All the UGA Ambassadors would like to give a special "Thank You" to all who made this trip possible.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Sigma Xi Seminar - January 28 - 11:00 AM - Old Administration Conference Room - "Muscadine Breeding"- Dr. Patrick Conner, Horticulture Department, UGA Tifton Campus
  • GA Cotton Conference - January 27 - TCCC
  • Tifton Ag Forecast Breakfast - January 28 - 7:00 AM - TCCC
  • Meetings w/REC Superintendents - January 28 - 9:30am until
  • Dean's Wimba Session - February 1 - 11:00 AM

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