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Distracted driving is more than checking or sending text messages on your phone. It is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system or anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. CAES News
Cell phones aren't the only things that cause distracted driving
Taking your eyes off the road for five seconds at 55 miles per hour is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Startling, but most of us have glanced at the GPS, grabbed our phone, reprimanded a child or even had a heated conversation, all while driving.  
Darrell Sparks was awarded the UGA Inventor of the Year Award in 2018. CAES News
Acclaimed pecan breeder Darrell Sparks named UGA Inventor of the Year
Darrell Sparks’ legacy at the University of Georgia spans more than 50 years and includes the release of eight patented pecan cultivars and research focused on the development of new and improved pecan varieties. For his contributions to Georgia’s pecan industry, Sparks is the 2018 recipient of the university’s Inventor of the Year Award.
Peanuts growing at the Lang Farm on the UGA Tifton campus in 2017. CAES News
Proper peanut rotations can have positive impact on yields
Farmers may have more success growing peanuts if they don’t continuously plant in the same field, according to Scott Tubbs, University of Georgia Tifton campus’s research cropping system agronomist for peanuts.
Each year the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences offers paid research internships to Georgia high school students through the UGA Young Scholars Program. The application deadline for summer 2017's internships is Jan. 31. CAES News
UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences announces high school programs for summer 2018
High school students can explore the sciences through a variety of hands-on summer programs offered by the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).
A cucumber vine grows in a backyard garden in Butts County, Ga. CAES News
Succession planting for an extended harvest
Succession planting simply means that you plant vegetables continuously throughout the season. Planting this way ensures that, as older plants mature and end their production cycle, new ones start to produce. This practice extends the harvest window and ensures the availability of produce at the peak of production throughout the growing season.
University of Georgia organic horticulture expert Julia Gaskin will lead a session on selecting and managing cover crops during this year's Georgia Organics Conference. Participants will learn how to choose the right cover crop combinations to meet specific goals through production-rotation scenarios. Gaskin is shown teaching participants about soil composition at the 2011 Georgia Organics Conference. CAES News
Sustainable agriculture advocate honored with University of Georgia Walter Barnard Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach
For the past 19 years, Julia Gaskin has worked to prove that conservation tillage and cover crops don’t have to be dirty words when it comes to conventional farming. 
Carolyn Einertson, who was mentored by Stephen Nickerson of the Department of Animal and Dairy Science, won first place in the oral presentation section of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium with her talk, “Using Pre-Calving Mammary Secretions to Predict Udder Infection Status in Dairy Heifers.” CAES News
CAES students highlight research achievements at CAES Undergraduate Research Symposium
Almost 50 University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) undergraduate students showcased their research projects and competed in the seventh annual CAES Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 11.
University of Georgia Research Professional David Mann works on a portable sequencer in food scientist Xiangyu Deng's laboratory in the UGA Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Georgia. Deng has developed a one-step method of detecting and subtyping food pathogens called “metagenomics analysis.” The method is much quicker than traditional methods, and time is essential during outbreaks of foodborne illness. CAES News
UGA scientist creates system to detect food pathogens in hours, not days
Quick, efficient pathogen detection and fingerprinting is essential and often lifesaving when it comes to preventing foodborne illness. University of Georgia food scientist Xiangyu Deng has created a system that can identify foodborne pathogens much quicker than traditional methods.
UGA's Farm Again program will host a Tractors 101 workshop on April 26 in Tifton, Georgia. CAES News
UGA Farm Again program to host tractors workshop
University of Georgia Farm Again program instructors will host a workshop to introduce potential farmers to tractors and how to safely operate them. The Tractors 101 event will be held on Thursday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UGA Tifton campus, beginning in the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL) building. 

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