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October 14, 2011

Award winners: At the recent CAES Alumni Association 57th Annual Awards Banquet, Dr. Wayne Hanna was inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame. This is an outstanding recognition for Wayne's contributions during a long and very productive career. Congratulations, Wayne, for this well-deserved recognition! Read Wayne's profile.

Also at the Awards Banquet, Ashley Cochran received the 2011 CAES Alumni Association Transfer Scholarship. Ashley is a student in the UGA Tifton Campus Agricultural Education program who transferred from ABAC. She plans on teaching high school agriculture upon here graduation from UGA Tifton. Congratulations Ashley! (view pictures)

Recent happenings at Stripling Irrigation Research Park: Glen Harris' Soils and Hydrology class visited Stripling Park on September 9 to learn about overhead and drip irrigation.

Meherrin Agricultural & Chemical Co. sent selected employees to Stripling Park for irrigation training on September 21.

Leadership Georgia class of 2011 brought over 120 folks to Stripling Park for a quick tour on September 23. Presenters included Guy Collins (UGA), Rad Yager (UGA), David Reckford (Flint River Soil & Water Conservation District), and Calvin Perry (UGA). (view pictures)

Student Recruiting Events: The Southwest District Student Recruiting Event was held on September 20 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. As usual the event was well attended and gave Athens and Tifton Campus representatives the opportunity to interact with potential UGA students, and to give the students and parents information about attending UGA. Brand new this year was the first Southeast District Student Recruiting Event which was held in Lyons at the Toombs County Agricultural Center, September 22. UGA Tifton Campus ambassadors were there, and potential students and parents from the area were given information on the UGA CAES. Both were excellent events. Thanks go out to Dr. Laura Perry Johnson and to Ms. Christy Bryan for providing leadership for the SW and SE District events, respectively, and to the many volunteers who assisted. (view pictures)

25th Georgia Peanut Tour was held on September 27-29. The annual tour was outstanding this year, with perhaps the best attendance ever. Billy Mills, superintendent at the Attapulgus Research and Education Center did a great job as tour chairman this year, and a large number of UGA Tifton faculty and staff were involved and helped make the tour a great success. A big stop on the tour was at the Attapulgus REC where a number of UGA scientists presented on-going research to the group. (view pictures)

CAES Alumni Association event was held at the Black Shank Pavilion on the evening of Oct. 6. About 60 people enjoyed fellowship, an excellent fish dinner, and an update on alumni activities and an update on the CAES from Dean Angle. The UGA Tifton Campus ambassadors helped to host the event. It was an enjoyable evening for all in attendance. (view pictures)

Ribbon Cutting and Dedication at the new Georgia Department of Agriculture facility took place October 12, here in Tifton. Several political figures were on hand for the event including Governor Nathan Deal. Some of our students were able to attend as well. (view pictures)

Energy use on campus: This summer was long, hot and dry. As a result we have experienced a considerable increase in power usage on the campus, driving up utility bills. I need for everyone to be diligent in managing their work environment. I received a call from a concerned faculty member who found numerous lights left on in their building over the entire weekend. This not only costs money, but it tells the local citizens that we are not concerned about energy conservation. When you leave the office or the building at the end of the day, make sure the lights are off, and thermostats are set so that the building is not heated or cooled unnecessarily. Please take responsibility for your work environment, and don't assume that someone else will do it. Thanks.

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.

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).


Upcoming Events:

  • Sunbelt Expo — Moultrie, Spence Field — October 18-20
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  • Ice Cream Social at Expo — Farm Press Lounge — October 18, 3-5 pm
    No RSVP necessary but Sunbelt admission is required ($10/person). Event hosts are: University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences · Auburn University College of Agriculture · Clemson University College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences · University of Florida College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

  • Agricultural and Environmental Awareness Day – Tifton Campus – November 10