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October 5, 2012

Gale Buchanan was inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame at the 58th Annual CAES Alumni Awards Banquet on Friday, September 14 at the Georgia Center in Athens. We will have a reception honoring Gale next Tuesday, October 9 at 8:30 a.m. at the Tifton Campus Conference Center. Hope to see you there! Read a brief bio on Gale Buchanan.

Unessee Hargett named Volunteer of the Year in the Valdosta Daily Times by J.L. Lomax Elementary School. Many community partners continue to make significant contributions to enrich the lives of J.L. Lomax students and staff. Mr. Unessee Hargett dedicates numerous hours to help with their Garden Club. He helps care for the land, teaches the students about the vegetables to be planted and helps harvest their crops. He also accompanies the children to the food bank, where they donate food from their garden. Mr. Hargett was one of over 50 partners listed!

D.W. Brooks award winners from Tifton Campus. The D.W. Brooks award winners for 2012 were recognized at the annual awards banquet on Tuesday, October 2 in the Magnolia Ballroom at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens, Ga. Different from past years, the D.W. Brooks Lecture was not delivered on the day of the awards banquet. A picture of the Tifton Campus award winners is on the attached slideshow. Visit the D.W. Brooks Lecture and Awards website.

Student Activities

On September 6th, Dr. Jason Peake conducted a leadership training for the UGA Tifton Collegiate FFA members at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley, which included a very competitive game of paintball!

UGA Tifton tailgated at two Tift County High football games on September 14th and 21st in order to promote the Academic Programs and sell t-shirts for the Student Ambassadors. There are still a few t-shirts left if anyone would like to purchase one!

The Southwest and Southeast District Recruitment Events were very successful again this year, with approximately 175 potential students and their parents attending. Thanks to the faculty and staff members who helped to make these events great!

View the TUGA Times photo slideshow.

Campus Visit

Congressman Austin Scott and members of his staff visited the UGA Tifton Campus on Wednesday of this week for an update on research activities here. During his visit I gave Rep. Scott an overview of the campus, and Drs. Michael Toews, George Vellidis, Craig Kvien, and Stanley Culpepper gave brief overviews of their research, the significance to the agricultural community, and the importance of access to funding to support research. In addition, Donnie Smith updated the congressman and staff on activities at the Center of Innovation for Agribusiness. WALB News covered the event. Watch the news report.

Upcoming Events

Register now for Celebrating Rural Georgia!
Join the Georgia Rural Development Council in Tifton on October 10th to: CELEBRATE RURAL GEORGIA 2012 - Success and Opportunity!
Governor Nathan Deal, who also chairs the Georgia Rural Development Council, will open the "Success" session with a keynote address, followed by the presentation of the OneGeorgia Authority "big checks" for projects approved since last October.

Following Governor Deal, an exciting lineup of rural leaders will highlight recent Rural Georgia successes including rural telemedicine, local food initiatives, new and valuable crops in Georgia, Georgia Grown, and GEFA's water supply initiative.

Following lunch, Commissioner Mike Beatty (DCA) will introduce Dean Scott Angle (UGA CAES) and we'll hear about "Opportunity." Dean Angle will speak about Georgia's competitive advantage in our future food security. Following Dean Angle, an Opportunity panel will cover agritourism, broadband infrastructure, downtown "renaissance" and agricultural technology advances in a successful Rural Georgia future.

The CRG conference begins at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast, with the kick-off at 9:45. Lunch will feature a delicious 'Georgia Grown' menu.  The conference adjourns at 3 p.m. Hosted at the Tifton UGA Campus Conference Center, the registration link is open on their event site.

D.W. Brooks reception and lecture Thursday, November 8
Dr. Daniel Hillel, the 2012 World Food Prize laureate and a 1950 graduate from the Agronomy Department at the University of Georgia, will be this year's Brooks lecturer. The lecture will be held on Thursday, November 8 at 11 a.m. in Masters Hall of the Georgia Center. A reception in the Masters Hall Foyer will precede the lecture from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Make your plans to attend the reception and lecture and welcome one of our most prestigious alumni back to campus. Visit the D.W. Brooks website for more information.

Energy Solutions of the Southeast! New Name, Same Great Conference!
The Southeast Bioenergy Conference is now Energy Solutions for the Southeast. Awaiting attendees at this year's conference is another great program that combines bioenergy, solar and energy efficiency and how they integrate with existing fossil energies. The goal is to help you maximize your energy dollars with smart solutions using new and existing technology. Conferees will learn about the driving forces that are creating new energy opportunities; hear first-hand accounts from businesses who have changed their energy mix and why; engage in great dialogue.

New Date!
November 28-30, 2012
at the UGA-Tifton Campus Conference Center.

Mark Your Calendar

  • October 9, 8:30 am – Reception for Hall of Fame inductee, Gale Buchanan, TCCC-Ballroom D.
  • October 10, 9:00 am – Celebrating Rural Georgia, TCCC-Ballrooms A & B.
  • October 16-18 – Sunbelt Ag Expo, Moultrie, Ga.
  • November 8, 11:00 am – D.W. Brooks Reception and Lecture, Athens, Ga.
  • November 28 -30 – Energy Solutions for the Southeast, TCCC.