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Georgia 4-H’ers gather on the Oglethorpe Staircase in the Georgia Capitol Building with legislators and organizational leaders to celebrate Georgia 4-H Day at the Capitol on February 9. CAES News
Georgia 4-H Day at the Capitol connects youth with the civic process
On Feb. 9, the Georgia Capitol turned shades of green as it welcomed more than 400 students. Outstanding 4-H’ers from counties across the state gathered at 4-H Day at the Capitol to engage with their legislators, observe leadership in action and learn about the civic process.
CAES alumnus Alyssa Gutierrez presented on AutoMat, the company she co-founded, to representatives from the Georgia Governor’s Office, Georgia Department of Agriculture, and Georgia Legislature in fall 2021. CAES News
UGA FABricate winners and finalists take ideas to the marketplace
FABricate, which kicks off with a quick pitch competition on Feb. 28, has helped winners and finalists launch companies while at UGA and beyond.
The new 22,000-square-foot soccer field allows UGA-Griffin faculty and students to perform research and Extension activities, as well as hands-on learning. Additionally, the field is used by the campus and local community several times a week for pick-up games. CAES News
Industry partnerships yield new turf facilities on UGA Griffin campus
Any time you walk through a park, play a recreation-league soccer game or enjoy an afternoon on the golf course, you are using the products of the multibillion-dollar turfgrass industry. In Georgia alone, turfgrass covers 1.8 million acres, making it one of the largest agricultural commodities in the state, employing more than 100,000 people with a maintenance value of $1.56 billion.
Georgia 4-H’ers perform a catalase test for the identification of bacteria as part of the hands-on learning opportunities during 4-H Vet Day at the UGA Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory. CAES News
Students explore careers in veterinary science during 4-H Vet Day at UGA-Tifton
Georgia 4-H’ers experienced a day of career exploration and hands-on veterinary demonstrations during 4-H Vet Day at the Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory (TVDIL) on the University of Georgia Tifton campus on Jan. 26. Students from 10 counties in UGA Cooperative Extension’s Southwest District heard from scientists and veterinarians about career opportunities in animal science.
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What is this weather doing to your garden?
While some U.S. regions, such as the Northeast and Midwest, have experienced consistent cold throughout the winter of 2022, the Southeast region, including Georgia, has seen a winter with varied temperatures. Those unpredictable temperatures, alongside moisture and frost, may have had a direct impact on plant survival, as plants’ ability to thrive or perish is ultimately determined by the weather.
Adult plum curculio (Photo by Brett Blaauw) CAES News
How to protect young peaches from plum curculio
With the onset of warmer, longer days, an array of pink blooms from peach, cherry and plum trees break forth — the first signs of spring. And while most of us enjoy this seasonal shift, fruit tree growers prepare their orchards for the relentless, annual migration of insect pests.
A medical illustration of an azole-resistant fungus, Aspergillus fumigatus. (Photo courtesy of the CDC) CAES News
Agricultural fungicides may be driving resistance
New research from the University of Georgia has shown, for the first time, that compounds used to fight fungal diseases in plants are causing resistance to antifungal medications used to treat people. 
Entomology Assistant Professor Kevin Vogel, doctoral student Carissa Gilliland, undergraduate student Ashley Dombrowski and doctoral student Nia Keyes-Scott look at a kissing bug in the lab. (Submitted photo) CAES News
Kissing bugs: charming name, fatal bite
A kiss has such romantic appeal, yet some kisses just end in heartbreak. A smooch from the Rhodnius prolixus, or the blood-sucking “kissing bug,” could be characterized more like the kiss of death — the insect is a primary vector for Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that kills more than 10,000 people annually around the globe. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, victims with chronic cases of Chagas can suffer from life-threatening heart or digestive malfunctions.
Participants from a fall 2021 ELEVATE workshop in Henry County celebrate completing the program. CAES News
Better than chocolate? Free couples workshops help relationships thrive
A 12-hour workshop may not sound like the most romantic gift for Valentine’s Day, but hundreds of Georgia couples testify to the benefits of free relationship education offered by the University of Georgia.

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