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Some farms experienced close to 90 percent loss of their vegetable crops last week when Hurricane Michael tore through southwestern Georgia. 
In this Grady County field, the wind lodged plants and defoliated them, exposing the peppers to sun damage. CAES News
Michael deals $480 million blow to Georgia's vegetable farmers
With the state’s late summer and fall vegetable crop close to harvest, Georgia vegetable farmers estimate more than $480 million in losses from Hurricane Michael.
Hurricane Michael's strong winds uprooted pecan trees in Tift County. CAES News
Hurricane Michael leaves mark on Georgia's pecan industry
Georgia’s pecan industry was forever changed by Hurricane Michael’s path of destruction through the southwest part of the state on Oct. 10-11, according to Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist.
UGA President Jere Morehead is pictured with CAES Ambassadors during the first day of the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo in Moultrie, Georgia. CAES News
Farmers, leaders, UGA president gather for Sunbelt Expo, discuss hurricane's impact
The Sunbelt Agricultural Expo opened its doors Tuesday, with agricultural experts, farmers, state and local leaders, and University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead in attendance.
When it comes to staying hydrated, water remains the best choice. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts say electrolyte replacement drinks are usually only needed if you participate in intense, strenuous activity for more than 90 minutes. CAES News
Keep an emergency water supply to ensure access to drinking water
Most Americans take for granted having fresh, clean water to drink, but that valuable resource isn’t guaranteed during times of emergency. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension expert Gary Hawkins says, no matter whether your drinking water comes from a private well or a municipal source, having an emergency supply of water is something everyone should have.
A Joro spider found in Hoschton, Georgia in 2018. CAES News
New spiders in north Georgia are hard to miss but pose no threat
If northeast Georgia yards seem a little extra spooky this Halloween season, there’s a good reason. They may have a little extra help from a new neighbor who is really into those cobweb decorations. 
Georgia's Southern Piedmont grape farmers are finding success with hybrid varieties  popularized in Texas wine country, like these Lenoir grapes grown in Haralson County. CAES News
UGA plant pathologist cautions Georgia grape growers against fungicide resistance to downy mildew
Fungicide resistance to downy mildew disease is a growing concern for Georgia grape producers. University of Georgia Extension Fruit Disease Specialist Phil Brannen advises growers to modify their fungicide applications to combat the increasing resistance.
Winds from Tropical Storm Irma uprooted a tree on the lawn of the United Bank in Griffin, Georgia. CAES News
UGA Extension advises harvest decisions amidst looming hurricane
Hurricanes, tropical storms and severe rainfall events are commonly seen among states in the Southeast U.S. These natural events most often occur during summer or early fall and may cause severe problems for urban and agricultural areas of Georgia. As of this week, it appears that we have another hurricane poised to strike Georgia. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension wants all of its agents — and the fruit, vegetable and nut growers they serve — to be as prepared as possible for the effects of the storm.
Cartons of eggs at a UGA research facility. CAES News
Buy refrigerated eggs and cook and store them properly, says UGA expert
The recent recall of potentially contaminated eggs may have consumers concerned about eating their favorite egg dishes. Eggs that are not a part of the recall can be safely used but should be handled safely.
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Students and faculty discuss the multifaceted issues surrounding genetically modified crops
From food labels to classroom debates, the public discussion around genetically modified crops and food is everywhere — but never with much depth.

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