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December 2, 2011

Scholarship recipients: On December 1, 2011, two UGA Tifton Campus students were recipients of scholarships presented by the Georgia Crop Production Alliance. Holly Ward and Breanna Coursey, Agricultural Education majors, were each awarded $1,000 scholarships during the annual meeting of the Georgia Crop Production Alliance at the Lake Blackshear Resort near Cordele. Both students were evaluated on their academic standing, campus and civic activities, financial need, and career goals in production agriculture. The Georgia Crop Production Alliance is made up of individuals and companies who wish to foster the growth and promotion of crop production in Georgia. One major activity of the GCPA is the student scholarship program which seeks to recognize and provide financial support and encouragement to students' education in areas related to crop production.

Cong. Austin Scott's field representative, Alice Johnson, and new Ag Policy Advisor, Chase Cannon, recently spent several hours on the UGA Tifton Campus learning about how federal grants have supported ag research on the UGA Tifton Campus. After an overview of the campus from me, they heard about federally funded grants from Dr. Michael Toews, Dr. Pensheng Ji, Dr. Charlie Li, Dr. Peggy Ozias-Akins, and Dr. Craig Kvien. It was a great opportunity to let these congressional staffers know how important federal funding is to ag research, and how that research benefits Georgia's number one industry. The scientists did an outstanding job conveying the importance of their research and the funding that made it possible.

Agricultural and Environmental Awareness Day was held on the UGA Tifton Campus on Nov. 10. Over 800 fourth graders returned to the campus to learn about agricultural production, natural resource conservation, forestry, food safety, and many other aspects of their world. Despite drizzly, wet weather, the students were very interested and had a great day. The teachers had a great time as well. There were over 40 demonstrations offered by volunteers, with good participation at them all, and a number of the presenters were students in the UGA Tifton Campus academic programs. Thanks go out to the organizing committee who again planned and conducted a well-run, educational field day, and to all the volunteers who shared their time and expertise with these students.

View the field day slideshow >

Kudos to Carroll Johnson's Student Worker: Terrell Jones is an excellent student worker and actually performs at a technician level. He has been with us for over three years. Terrell will be graduating from ABAC in December with a 4-year degree. He and his father farm in Stewart and Webster counties. Terrell is also marketing a line of clothing made from cotton that he personally grew on his own farm. All processes in the manufacturing of his clothing were done in the USA. That in itself is a remarkable accomplishment.

Carroll Johnson wrote a brief note for the ARS-internal employee newsletter about Terrell and his project. Link to the on-line newsletter — Scroll down a bit to find the section about Terrell.

Also, view the Georgia Farrm Monitor's interview with Terrell: Georgia Cotton Farmer Developing Clothing Line.

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:

  • Sharing The Legacy Angus Sale — Irwinville, Ga. — December 7

  • Annual Tifton Campus Christmas Breakfast — UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center Ballrooms — Friday, December 9 at 8:30 a.m.