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Grad Students Triumph at 2022 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting

Four CRSS graduate students swept both the Precision Ag Systems MS Oral Competition and the Precision Ag Systems MS Poster Competition.

Precision Ag Systems MS Oral Competition

  • 1st: Amrit Pokhrel (co-advisors: Dr. Virk and Dr. Snider)
  • 2nd: Matt Tucker (advisor: Dr. Virk)
  • 3rd: Madan Sapkota (advisor: Dr. Virk)

Precision Ag Systems MS Poster Competition

  • 1st: Madan Sapkota (advisor: Dr. Virk)
  • 2nd: Michael Goodnight (advisor: Dr. Virk)
  • 3rd: Matt Tucker (advisor: Dr. Virk)

The winning students are pictured above (l-r): Madan Sapkota, Matt Tucker, Dr. Simer Virk, Michael Goodnight, & Amrit Pokhrel. Congratulations to all!

Robin Buell, GRA Eminent Scholar Chair in Crop Genomics, works in a plant growth chamber. Buell received nearly $800,000 in funding to study the genome of tepary bean in an effort to address climate-related difficulties faces in production of common bean. CAES News
UGA genomicist seeks to offset climate impacts on important food crop
The common bean — which includes many varieties of dry beans, from navy and black beans to red, pinto and green beans — are an important nutritional source for many world populations. However, rapidly changing climate conditions are making them increasingly difficult to grow in many locations due to high temperatures and susceptibility to diseases and pests.
Irrigator Pro App Credits Austn CAES News
Smart irrigation scheduling benefits producers
As climate variability increasingly affects producers across the Southeastern U.S., Wes Porter spends a lot of time thinking about water — specifically, crop irrigation — and how available tools can benefit farmers threefold.
The staff at the University of Georgia's J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center will host their annual corn boil and farm tour on June 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tours of the farm will be followed by a community corn boil. CAES News
UGA research farms open gates to the public this summer
Athens-area residents familiar with driving past two University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences research farms will soon have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn more about CAES’ role in the future of farming.

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We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, December 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the UGA Livestock Instructional Arena. This event will be a drop-in and lunches will be distributed for the duration of the event.
Dec 07
All Day CAES Athens Campus Holiday Luncheon
During this public webinar, Dean Nick Place will review CAES accomplishments from the last calendar year and provide updates on our goals for the future as we enter 2023. To hear more about where we've been, where we are and where we're going together, please register for the event. 
Dec 07
8:30AM - 9:30AM 2022 State of the College
About Byron Brehm-Stecher: Dr. Brehm-Stecher received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002 (Prof. Eric A. Johnson, mentor), focusing on rapid methods for detection of foodborne pathogens. Brehm-Stecher also earned his MS in Prof. Johnson’s lab, developing novel antimicrobial interventions. Licensing of patents for his MS work ultimately earned UW-Madison an estimated $6.5 million between 2005 and 2013. He worked briefly in the biotechnology sector before returning to academia in 2004. He now heads the Brehm-Stecher Rapid Microbial Detection and Control Laboratory in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.
Dec 08
1:00PM - 2:00PM Magnetic Ionic Liquids for Capture and Concentration of Foodborne Pathogens: Current and Future Applications
Open to all faculty, staff and students. 
Dec 09
9:00AM - 11:59PM Griffin Holiday Breakfast Stuckey Conference Center, GRIFFIN, GA
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Convocation Ceremony will take place on Friday, December 16, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Graduating students must register by December 4th in order to participate. Convocation is a more personal ceremony in which undergraduate and graduate candidates of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are recognized by name on stage. Guests are welcome and encouraged to attend. The event is free, and tickets are not required. The fall convocation ceremony typically takes about one hour. Convocation is intentionally scheduled between the two commencement ceremonies to allow students time to attend both commencement and convocation. For questions regarding CAES Convocation registration, please contact Kelly King at  
Dec 16
12:00PM - 11:59PM CAES Convocation Performing Arts Center, Athens, GA
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