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Frank McGill was born on a family farm in Tift County, Georgia, on Dec. 16, 1925, in the area where he spent most of his working career and retirement. In his autobiography, he joked, "It's obvious I didn't get very far in life!" CAES News
Frank McGill was born on a family farm in Tift County, Georgia, on Dec. 16, 1925, in the area where he spent most of his working career and retirement. In his autobiography, he joked, "It's obvious I didn't get very far in life!"
Frank McGill dies
J. Frank McGill, affectionally known throughout the Georgia agricultural community as “Mr. Peanut,” passed away surrounded by family on March 3 at age 95 in Tifton, Georgia.
Critical pesticide application training for pest control professionals and producers will go online for 2020. CAES News
Critical pesticide application training for pest control professionals and producers will go online for 2020.
Pesticide trainings stay virtual
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Department of Agriculture are partnering to offer the Using Pesticides Wisely training program in a virtual format again this year.
UGA Extension and UGA Small Business Development Center are teaming up to offer a four-part agricultural marketing webinar series beginning March 8. CAES News
UGA Extension and UGA Small Business Development Center are teaming up to offer a four-part agricultural marketing webinar series beginning March 8.
Marketing webinars
Farmers and agricultural producers have faced numerous challenges in recent years, affecting the day-to-day tasks of running their operations. Add in a global pandemic and a push toward direct-to-consumer sales, and sustaining an agribusiness can seem overwhelming.
Trap-jaw ants show remarkable diversity in the length of the jaw and how wide it opens. CAES News
Trap-jaw ants show remarkable diversity in the length of the jaw and how wide it opens.
Fast Snaps
Trap-jaw ants are famous for having one of the natural world’s fastest movements, and a new study led by a University of Georgia graduate shows that the core mechanism that allows this speedy movement evolved multiple times within a single ant genus, leading to the spectacular diversification of mandible shape each time.
Eric Cohen walks through his family's pecan orchard at Pecan Ridge Plantation outside of Bainbridge. The Cohens cleaned up downed pecan trees and planted new ones after the destruction of Hurricane Michael in 2018. CAES News
Eric Cohen walks through his family's pecan orchard at Pecan Ridge Plantation outside of Bainbridge. The Cohens cleaned up downed pecan trees and planted new ones after the destruction of Hurricane Michael in 2018.
Growing Pains
It’s been a rough three years for Georgia pecan farmers, whose cash crop has been battered by a hurricane, a fungal tree disease, and a global pandemic — all in relatively rapid succession.
Ivan Chapu has worked with hand-held sensors in groundnut test plots in Uganda as past of a three-country project to use the technology for high-throughput phenotyping. Now that he’s completeing a master’s degree from Makerere University, he hopes to continue on to a PhD. (Photo by Allison Floyd) CAES News
Ivan Chapu has worked with hand-held sensors in groundnut test plots in Uganda as past of a three-country project to use the technology for high-throughput phenotyping. Now that he’s completeing a master’s degree from Makerere University, he hopes to continue on to a PhD. (Photo by Allison Floyd)
Student Profile: Ivan Chapu
Ugandan graduate student Ivan Chapu has dedicated himself to adapting handheld sensors to help groundnut breeders generate resilient varieties that will help farmers to succeed. His passion for new technology led him in an unexpected direction – into a peanut field – where the Makerere University master’s student also discovered a love for research.
Blake Ertzberger, a financial planning major and student service provider in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, gets instruction from Joan Koonce, a FACS professor and UGA Extension financial planning specialist, as part of the VITA program at UGA. CAES News
Blake Ertzberger, a financial planning major and student service provider in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, gets instruction from Joan Koonce, a FACS professor and UGA Extension financial planning specialist, as part of the VITA program at UGA.
Free Tax Prep
University of Georgia students are again helping Georgia taxpayers by offering free tax preparation services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Postharvest blueberries were tested under blue light to determine whether the light affected fruit quality or disease development. CAES News
Postharvest blueberries were tested under blue light to determine whether the light affected fruit quality or disease development.
Blue Light and Blueberries
The COVID-19 crisis has put supply chain issues at the forefront of food production and packaging concerns. Researchers at the University of Georgia investigated a potential solution for extending the shelf life of blueberries by exposing blueberries to blue light during storage.
Al Pearson, a member of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Board, and his wife, Mary Pearson, established the Dr. Maurice E. “Butch” Ferree Scholarship to support students majoring in horticulture in honor of Ferree, who retired in 1998 after 24 years with UGA Extension. CAES News
Al Pearson, a member of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Board, and his wife, Mary Pearson, established the Dr. Maurice E. “Butch” Ferree Scholarship to support students majoring in horticulture in honor of Ferree, who retired in 1998 after 24 years with UGA Extension.
Dr. Maurice E. "Butch" Ferree Scholarship
As a peach and pecan producer in central Georgia, Al Pearson relied on the expert advice provided by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. In addition to the valuable counsel provided by Extension peach expert Maurice E. “Butch” Ferree, Pearson gained something unexpected: a lifelong friend.