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March 26, 2010

South Georgia Native Plant and Wildflower Symposium:

The South Georgia Native Plant and Wildflower Symposium was held on Wednesday at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. This was the 10th year for the symposium and their success forced them to move from NESPAL to the Conference Center to accommodate the large number of participants. There were approximately 201 attendees this year for another outstanding program. Sponsored by the Garden Club of Georgia, Camellia District IV and UGA CAES, this is a popular and educational program. Special thanks go to Amy Carter, Dana Cheek and Glenda Gibbs for their leadership and hard work in making the symposium so successful.

ABAC Recruiting Event:

On Tuesday of this week the UGA Tifton Campus held a student recruiting event on the ABAC campus, with the objective of identifying potential students for transfer to UGA majors here. Identifying those students early allows for guidance in coursework necessary for transfer and other important issues. Erin Womack and the UGA Tifton Campus ambassadors did an excellent job sharing information with these prospective students. Thanks to Erin for her leadership in this project.

Produce Safety Project Stakeholders' Discussion Series:

The Produce Safety Project Stakeholders' Discussion Series was held on Thursday at the Conference Center. This all day discussion and listening session was held so that input could be taken by the FDA regarding good produce safety practices, to better understand the impact of proposed practices on food safety. This was an important session because it gave growers, county agents, shippers and others the opportunity to give input to the FDA prior to the writing of regulations which would directly impact the produce industry. Approximately 130 people were in attendance for this rare opportunity.

Tifton Campus Annual Awards Program:

The Tifton Campus Annual Awards Program will be held Tuesday, April 27 at 2 pm followed by an ice cream social. Requests for “Awards for Excellence” nominations went out last Thursday. Please take time to nominate deserving individuals for these awards. There are numerous people on this campus deserving of recognition. Help us honor them by taking a few minutes to prepare and submit a nomination. Please note that the only people who are not eligible for consideration are those who have won awards in the past five years (2005 to 2009). Submit an electronic PDF file of nomination materials no later than 7 April 2010. Thanks in advance for promoting our capable folks!

FYI -Basket Fundraising Status:

While we have several units responding, only one of them has come up with their clever name/theme. Guess who that would be? Yes, the winners from last year; Entomology with “That AiN'T gonna Fly - Take the Sting out of Cancer.” Other units responding to the challenge so far are Crop and Soil, NESPAL, Plant Pathology, Support Units, UGA Students and a new addition “Ag Awareness” headed up by Benjie Baldree. We plan to unveil the baskets and start selling tickets in the next couple weeks, so there's still time for your unit/department/group to join in the friendly competition while raising money for a VERY worthy cause; the American Cancer Society's UGA Relay For Life Team, (there's also still time to join the team as well)!

FFA Fishing Tournament:

The FFA fishing tournament held this Saturday, March 27 at the Paradise Public Fishing Area is a fundraiser that our collegiate FFA is holding to help raise money to fund events such as FFA meetings, guest speakers, and FFA travel. The fishing tournament check-in is at 6:30 AM, with the tournament starting at 7:30 AM, and with weigh-in at 2:00 PM. This tournament is a team event with a team entry fee of $25, with a big bass pot of $5 per person (optional). Our collegiate FFA appreciates your support and hopes to see you there. For additional info, contact Cody Herndon, FFA President at cell 912-253-6342.

Student center walkway to be paved:

The walkway to the student center entrance of the Ag Innovation Center (west side) is being paved on Monday and Tuesday of next week (March 29-30). Please do not use the student center entrance on these two days. Also, please do not park in the parking spaces leading up to the student center. The contractor will be using this space for his equipment. This will be a nice upgrade to the student center entrance. We apologize for any inconvenience; however, the long-term benefits are exciting!

Upcoming Events:

  • Georgia Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development (HERD) Sale - April 20, 12:30 p.m. - Tifton Bull Evaluation Center - Irwinville, Georgia.