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TUGA Times

August 22, 2011

The Southeast Bioenergy Conference was held September 9-11 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. This was the 6th year for this outstanding conference. NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace was the lead-off speaker for the conference. The conference had several panel discussions, break-out sessions and exhibitors, and was a great success, with over 350 in attendance. Some photos of the conference can be viewed by clicking the slideshow link below.

In addition a public forum on Tifton's Energy Future was held on Monday evening prior to the start of the Bioenergy Conference. This forum focused on challenges and opportunities facing local businesses and organizations, and panels discussed energy issues facing businesses, agriculture, and academic institutions. Thanks to Craig Kvien, Kim Cutchins, the conference committee, and the many volunteers who worked to make the conference a success.

The Southeast Research and Education Center Field Day was held on Tuesday, August 16th at Midville. This was the fourth field day held at Midville since Dean Angle announced the reopening of the SEREC in 2007. This year may have brought record attendance, as a large group of farmers and industry personnel learned about the many research projects being conducted there. As usual the UGA Tifton Campus was well represented, and all scientists did a great job sharing the on-going research being conducted there. CAES administration was well represented, as Dean Angle, Bob Shulstad, Steve Brown, and I were in attendance. A mix of research and extension scientists and extension agents made the day very informative. Some pictures of the field day are attached. Despite the dry year the crops and the farm looked great. Thanks to Superintendent Anthony Black and his able staff for putting on a very successful field day.

Award recognitions for:

Doyle (Freddie) Cheek: Co-Research Technician of the Year: Freddie Cheek, Field Technician, Crop Genetics and Breeding Research Unit, Tifton, GA, received a citation at an Awards Ceremony in Orlando, FL on Wednesday, August 10, "In recognition of outstanding contributions in support of Emergency Response Committee Involvement and Bioenergy Research Initiatives for Crop Genetics and Breeding Research Unit, Tifton, GA."

And for:

Dr. Charlie Li and graduate students: At the recent American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting, Dr. Changying "Charlie" Li and two of his graduate students received important recognitions for their work. Weilin Wang and Peyton Yu who both recently completed their M.S. in Agricultural Engineering received second and third place, respectively, in the Boyd-Scott Graduate Student Research Award M.S. competition. The purpose of the Boyd-Scott Graduate Research Award is to recognize excellence in the conduct and presentation of research to build the knowledge base needed by engineers who design equipment, facilities, and processes for the sustainable operation of a biological system. Dr. Li received the Early Career Award from the Association of Overseas Chinese Agricultural, Biological, and Food Engineers. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding career achievement by a young AOC member in the profession of Agricultural, Biological and Food Engineering. The award is to honor achievement through education, research, innovation, development, extension, consulting, administration, international collaboration, and other professional activities. Congratulations to Weilin, Peyton, and Dr. Li!

The UGA Tifton Farm Chat on WTIF radio is now on every weekday at about 9:35 a.m. on WTIF radio (107.5 FM).

UGA Tifton license plates: Show your UGA Tifton Campus pride by purchasing your UGA Tifton license plate. With your $10.00 donation, you will receive one UGA Tifton car tag, and all proceeds will go to support activities for the UGA Tifton Ambassadors.


Upcoming Events:

  • UGA Cotton/Peanut Field Day — Gibbs Farm — September 7

  • Georgia Pecan Growers Field Day — TCCC, Ponder Farm — September 8

  • Tri-State Peanut Tour — September 20 thru 22

  • Sunbelt Expo — Moultrie, Spence Field — October 18-20