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Armond Morris, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission, is shown (left) presenting the Distinguished Service Award to Joe West, assistant dean of the University of Georgia Tifton campus. CAES News
Armond Morris, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission, is shown (left) presenting the Distinguished Service Award to Joe West, assistant dean of the University of Georgia Tifton campus.
West Honored
Joe West, assistant dean of the University of Georgia Tifton campus, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award at the Georgia Peanut Farm Show, held Jan. 16 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.
UGA plant pathologist Alfredo Martinez-Espinoza was recently awarded the D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Extension. He is shown (second from right) being congratulated by (left to right) Harald Scherm, head of the UGA Department of Plant Pathology, Laura Perry Johnson, UGA Extension associate dean, and Sam Pardue, dean of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. CAES News
UGA plant pathologist Alfredo Martinez-Espinoza was recently awarded the D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Extension. He is shown (second from right) being congratulated by (left to right) Harald Scherm, head of the UGA Department of Plant Pathology, Laura Perry Johnson, UGA Extension associate dean, and Sam Pardue, dean of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Martinez-Espinoza Honored
University of Georgia Griffin campus plant pathologist Alfredo Martinez-Espinoza has been awarded the 2019 D.W Brooks Award for Excellence in Extension. The award recognizes his UGA Cooperative Extension and applied research program that focuses on the management of new and recurring diseases of turfgrass, small grains and nonlegume forages and his delivery of relevant information to stakeholders and fellow Extension professionals.
Ambrosia beetle activity is identifiable by the toothpick-sized sawdust tubes they leave sticking out of holes bored in pecan trees. CAES News
Ambrosia beetle activity is identifiable by the toothpick-sized sawdust tubes they leave sticking out of holes bored in pecan trees.
Ambrosia Beetles
Research entomologists in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are using three grants to study ambrosia beetles in an effort to prevent future attacks and preserve more fruit and nut trees.
Blueberries are about to be harvested in this 2015 file photo on a UGA farm in Alapaha, Georgia. CAES News
Blueberries are about to be harvested in this 2015 file photo on a UGA farm in Alapaha, Georgia.
Blueberry Disease
A plant pathologist at the University of Georgia Tifton campus is using a grant from the Georgia Farm Bureau to study a bacterial disease that is harming the state’s blueberry crops. 
Fayette County UGA Extension Coordinator Kim Toal, Georgia Commissioner of Public Health Kathleen E. Toomey, Fayette County School Nutrition Director Kokeeta Wilder, Georgia Early Care and Learning Commissioner Amy Jacobs, Georgia Organics Board Chairman Joe Reynolds, and UGA Extension County Operations Director Michael J. Martin celebrate Fayette County Public Schools' Outstanding Extension Farm to School Program Award at Georgia Organics 2019 Golden Radish Awards in Atlanta. CAES News
Fayette County UGA Extension Coordinator Kim Toal, Georgia Commissioner of Public Health Kathleen E. Toomey, Fayette County School Nutrition Director Kokeeta Wilder, Georgia Early Care and Learning Commissioner Amy Jacobs, Georgia Organics Board Chairman Joe Reynolds, and UGA Extension County Operations Director Michael J. Martin celebrate Fayette County Public Schools' Outstanding Extension Farm to School Program Award at Georgia Organics 2019 Golden Radish Awards in Atlanta.
Golden Radish
Over the past two decades, Fayette County lost about 40% of its farmland. Many residents have lost their connection to agriculture and have little understanding about where their food comes from.
Jim McFerson, director of Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, presents famed USDA turfgrass breeder Wayne Hanna, UGA professor of crop and soil sciences, with the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) Lifetime Achievement Award at the NAPB's annual meeting in Pine Mountain, Georgia. CAES News
Jim McFerson, director of Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, presents famed USDA turfgrass breeder Wayne Hanna, UGA professor of crop and soil sciences, with the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) Lifetime Achievement Award at the NAPB's annual meeting in Pine Mountain, Georgia.
Lifetime Achievement Award
University of Georgia scientist Wayne Hanna has received his share of awards, but he says there’s something extra special about the Lifetime Achievement Award he received at the National Association of Plant Breeders annual meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 28.
University of Georgia Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus Larry Beuchat (right) and UGA Professor Francisco Diez were recognized by the International Association for Food Protection at the association’s annual meeting held July 21–24, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. CAES News
University of Georgia Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus Larry Beuchat (right) and UGA Professor Francisco Diez were recognized by the International Association for Food Protection at the association’s annual meeting held July 21–24, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky.
IAFP Honors
Two University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences food scientists have been presented awards of excellence from the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus Larry Beuchat and Professor Francisco Diez were recognized at the association’s annual meeting held July 21–24 in Louisville, Kentucky.
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension intern Lauren Dubberly is spending her summer working with Cook County Agent Tucker Price. She's shown marking a research trial in a peanut field. Dubberly says she is learning a lot about diseases found in fruit, vegetable and row crops. CAES News
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension intern Lauren Dubberly is spending her summer working with Cook County Agent Tucker Price. She's shown marking a research trial in a peanut field. Dubberly says she is learning a lot about diseases found in fruit, vegetable and row crops.
Extension Interns
What better way to decide if a county Extension agent job is for you than to spend a summer working with one. For the past 12 years, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has offered internships to college students who aspire to be county agents.
UGA's Wes Porter is an expert in precision agriculture. He is located on the UGA Tifton campus. CAES News
UGA's Wes Porter is an expert in precision agriculture. He is located on the UGA Tifton campus.
Precision Ag Award
A University of Georgia scientist’s dedication to educating Georgia farmers about the benefits of precision agriculture has garnered him international recognition. Wes Porter, a UGA Cooperative Extension precision agriculture and irrigation specialist, will receive the Educator/Researcher Award from the PrecisionAg Institute at the InfoAg Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, on Tuesday, July 23.