News from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

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
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.
Grape Workshops
UGA Extension is holding a series of workshops specifically for Georgia grape growers. The classes, set for March 3 in Carrollton, Georgia; March 5 in Dahlonega, Georgia; and March 17 in Ellijay, Georgia, will cover disease and insect control and other critical components of an integrated pest management program for vineyards.
Pam Knox, newly named interim director of the University of Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network, checks the data logger at the weather station on the Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia. CAES News
Pam Knox, newly named interim director of the University of Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network, checks the data logger at the weather station on the Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia.
Record Rainfall
Bright green grass across the fields, lawns and roadsides of northern and central Georgia is making those parts of the state look more like Ireland than a typical Georgia in February. Copious rain, coupled with periods of much warmer-than-normal temperatures, is waking up plants early and causing them to green up.
Student work harvesting herbs at UGArden. CAES News
Student work harvesting herbs at UGArden.
Beyond Hemp
Although you may not have the kind of backyard garden that University of Georgia horticulture Professor Jim Affolter has, you might find many natural and traditional remedies hiding in plain sight in your ornamental garden.
Eleven CAES alumni were honored at the 11th annual Bulldog 100 celebration at Sanford Stadium in Athens. CAES News
Eleven CAES alumni were honored at the 11th annual Bulldog 100 celebration at Sanford Stadium in Athens.
2020 Bulldog 100
Eleven University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) graduates were recognized on this year’s Bulldog 100 list of the fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni during the 11th annual celebration on Feb. 8 at Sanford Stadium.
Decatur County farmer Bobby Barber, Jr., tells local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Nan Bostick about the day Hurricane Michael struck his farm. Bostick joined the Extension office last spring says the farmers in her county have shown her that they are resilient, positive, and are going to start over and do everything they can to be even better. "We might be bruised, but we are not broken,” she said. CAES News
Decatur County farmer Bobby Barber, Jr., tells local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Nan Bostick about the day Hurricane Michael struck his farm. Bostick joined the Extension office last spring says the farmers in her county have shown her that they are resilient, positive, and are going to start over and do everything they can to be even better. "We might be bruised, but we are not broken,” she said.
Rural Stress
Much like their counterparts across the nation, farmers in Georgia have experienced increased rates of suicide and stress over the last decade. To help curb these statistics, University of Georgia faculty are working to understand the causes of rural stress and to build systems that can help rural communities support community members in crisis.
UGA peanut breeder Bill Branch has developed more than 20 new peanut varieties in his time with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. CAES News
UGA peanut breeder Bill Branch has developed more than 20 new peanut varieties in his time with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
GSD Professor
William "Bill" Branch, a professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and a peanut breeder with the University of Georgia, has been named to the Georgia Seed Development Professorship in Peanut Breeding and Genetics.
Picture of 4-H'ers at 2020 Capitol Day CAES News
Picture of 4-H'ers at 2020 Capitol Day
Capitol 4-H Day 2020
More than 400 Georgia 4-H youth, leaders and volunteers visited Atlanta for Georgia 4-H Day at the Capitol, sponsored by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, on Feb. 6 at the Georgia State Capitol Building and the Georgia Freight Depot. This annual leadership and civic-engagement event connects 4-H youth with Georgia legislators, provides students insight to the legislative process and allows them to thank legislators and donors. Georgia 4-H has participated in 4-H Day at the Capitol for more than 30 years.
Longtime UGA Tifton entomologist Michael Toews will become the assistant dean of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to oversee the Tifton Campus at the end of this month. CAES News
Longtime UGA Tifton entomologist Michael Toews will become the assistant dean of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to oversee the Tifton Campus at the end of this month.
Toews will succeed retiring West
Michael Toews has been named assistant dean of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to oversee the Tifton Campus.
Tifton Assitant Dean Joe West CAES News
Tifton Assitant Dean Joe West
Assistant Dean Retires
It is the end of an era at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus.
Bob Westerfield, UGA Extension consumer horticulturist, demonstrates a pruning technique during a class held on the UGA campus in Griffin, Georgia. CAES News
Bob Westerfield, UGA Extension consumer horticulturist, demonstrates a pruning technique during a class held on the UGA campus in Griffin, Georgia.
Pruning Class
A course set for Feb. 28 on the University of Georgia Griffin campus will focus on pruning trees and ornamentals and caring for landscape equipment.