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UGA's Tim Coolong was recognized at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Coolong received the Donnie H. Morris Award of Excellence in Extension. CAES News
UGA faculty, Extension agents honored
University of Georgia vegetable horticulturist Tim Coolong received the Donnie H. Morris Award of Excellence in Extension during the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Georgia, on Jan. 12.
Thinning pine stands benefits the timber stand and the owner. Reducing stand density reduces competition for nutrients, space and light and improves the vigor, growth rate and overall quality of the remaining trees. CAES News
Increase wildlife, grow healthier trees by thinning forestland
A forested stand with fewer quality trees is often healthier than a forested stand with a greater density. Small-acreage landowners should consider using the Timber Stand Improvement Method.
Pride Road's hibiscus jelly was a finalist in Flavor of Georgia's 2018 Jams and Jellies category. The University of Georgia's Food Product Innovation and Commercialization (FoodPIC) Center in Griffin, Georgia, helped the Smyrna, Georgia, company dry the fresh flowers and then make them into a range of hibiscus products: jelly, jam, tea and chutney. Pride Road's owners (center) are shown at the 2018 Flavor of Georgia contest with members of the FoodPIC staff. CAES News
UGA FoodPIC often behind successful Flavor of Georgia contest winners
For the past 12 years, Georgia-based food companies have competed in the Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest. Being named a finalist — or better, a winner — in one of the contest’s categories is a great boost for companies seeking success in the competitive food industry. A few of last year’s winners had one thing in common: They have worked with the University of Georgia’s Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center (FoodPIC).
Bob Westerfield, UGA Extension consumer horticulturist, demonstrates a pruning technique during a class held on the UGA campus in Griffin, Georgia. CAES News
Learn pruning skills, equipment care through UGA course
A course set for Feb. 8 on the University of Georgia Griffin campus will focus on pruning trees and ornamentals and caring for landscape equipment.
UGA's newest pecan variety, ‘Avalon’, in 2017. The pecan's extreme resistance to scab disease makes it desirable for pecan farmers looking to replenish their crop after Hurricane Michael. CAES News
'Avalon' a quality cultivar for Georgia pecan farmers
Georgia pecan producers who are looking to replenish their crop after Hurricane Michael can turn to the ‘Avalon’ variety for a nut that produces high yields and is highly resistant to scab disease, according to University of Georgia pecan breeder Patrick Conner.
Flooding, plumbing leaks and roof leaks are common causes of mold growing indoors. Mold can trigger asthma attacks in people who are allergic or sensitive to molds. UGA Extension experts say that to help prevent mold from growing, water-damaged areas should be dried out within 48 hours of the event. This photo shows mold and mushrooms growing in a basement that was filled with flood water. CAES News
UGA Extension offers mold removal tips
Following weeks of rain across many parts of the Peach State, many Georgians find themselves dealing with flooded basements, backed-up septic systems, standing water, mold, mud, mud and more mud.
Derek Cooper serves as the radon educator with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Radon Education Program. CAES News
UGA Extension hires new radon educator
Derek Cooper has always had a passion for helping people live healthier lives.
The second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, radon is an odorless, invisible, tasteless radioactive gas released by the natural decay of uranium in our soils and rocks. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers a low-cost service for those who need to test their home for radon. CAES News
Resolve to test your home for radon this January
January — National Radon Action Month —  is a great time for Georgians to take steps to protect their families against the threat. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Radon Educator Derek Cooper is working to shine a light on this invisible hazard with the university’s Georgia Radon Program.
Becky Griffin recently completed her master's degree from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, a goal she has had for the past 30 years. Her daughters Allison (left) and Mady (right) are also UGA graduates. They are shown with Griffin (center) by The Arch on the UGA campus. Tradition dictates that students should not walk through The Arch until they have graduated. CAES News
UGA-Griffin student returns to college after 30-year break
At 54, Becky Griffin was the oldest University of Georgia student on the Griffin campus to be awarded a degree this fall, but that fact only fueled her drive to succeed. After putting her graduate studies on hold for 30 years, Griffin juggled a full-time job and put thousands of miles on her car to complete her master’s degree.

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