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CAES Podcast
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has launched a podcast, now available on all streaming services. Cultivating Curiosity will augment existing CAES news and storytelling platforms, including the CAES Newswire, where you are reading this; Almanac, the college's annual publication; and Cultivate, which highlights members of the CAES and UGA Cooperative Extension community.
The Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40, recognizing the fruit + vegetable industry's next generation of leaders. CAES News
2022 Fruit and Vegetable 40 under 40
Four experts at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Cooperative Extension have been recognized as members of the Fruit and Vegetable 40 under 40 Class of 2022. The list honors 40 early-career agricultural professionals for exemplary accomplishments, representing “the best in the industry.”
Melanie Biersmith is the ninth State Leader for Georgia 4-H CAES News
Georgia 4-H Leader
Georgia 4-H has selected Melanie Biersmith as the new state 4-H leader. Effective Nov. 1, Biersmith is the ninth state leader in the organization’s 118-year history. Biersmith most recently served as the associate state 4-H leader for facilities and residential programs for Georgia 4-H, where she managed operations and personnel at all six Georgia 4-H centers.
Jena Johnson studies insects as a lab manager in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences' entomology department and includes them in her photography. (Photo by Peter Frey/UGA) CAES News
Lab Manager, Insect Photographer
Most people try to swat them away, but Jena Johnson welcomes the beauty in the wings of a mosquito. Johnson, a lab manager in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ entomology department, fell in love with the study of insects during her junior year of college at Nicholls State University.
Assistant Professor Andrew Benson received the 2021 Novus International Teaching Award from the Poultry Science Association. CAES News
Poultry Science Awards
Four faculty and staff members in the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) have received prestigious awards from national professional organizations.
Smith posing with a bird and a research sample. CAES News
UGA entomology fellow Olivia Smith
Following the onset of several major outbreaks of foodborne pathogens traced back to wildlife, buyers of farm-fresh produce began encouraging the removal of natural habitats and nesting areas on farms to discourage wildlife intrusion.
Chris Rhodes brings expertise in business development, innovation, partnerships and strategy to new role at CAES. (contributed) CAES News
Industry Connections
Chris Rhodes will join the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as director of industry partnerships and project-based learning in July.
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
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.
Joe West, assistant dean of UGA-Tifton, is presented a Georgia Trust Award for the renovation work done on the Tift Building and Agricultural Research Building. Pictured on the far left is Georgia Schley Ritchie, chair of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation; Will Sumner of Allstate Construction; Tony Menefee of Menefee Architects; Gwynne Darden, UGA associate vice president for facilities planning; Scott Messer, UGA director of historic preservation; and Mark McDonald, president and CEO of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. CAES News
Georgia Trust Award
The restoration of two landmarks on the University of Georgia Tifton campus earned recognition from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.