CAES Family Traditions
Spring 2017, Vol. 13, Issue 1
The heart of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences lives in its people. The work of CAES alumni, students, faculty and staff leaves a lasting impact on communities in Georgia and worldwide. In this issue, Southscapes explores multigenerational CAES and UGA Cooperative Extension families with histories of service, the college's grower-empowering research on orphan crops and two CAES students who are making a difference through their extracurricular work. Throughout time, the CAES family has stayed true to its roots. Our commitment to innovation in the world's evolving agricultural landscape has remained steadfast since 1859.
Michasia Dowdy and her father, Glen Harris, share more than a father-daughter bond. They are UGA Cooperative Extension colleagues who rely on each other.
UGA Regents' Professor and plant geneticist Andrew Paterson is working to improve the drought tolerance of sorghum lines that can also survive Georgia winters.
Roger Thurow, veteran foreign correspondent and global food and agriculture fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, delivered the D.W. Brooks Lecture in fall 2016. The 2016 D.W. Brooks and CAES award winners were also recognized.
Black-eyed peas have been part of a boom-and-bust cycle in the South for the past three decades thanks to a pod-feeding weevil, the cowpea curculio, that has evaded farmers’ best pest control practices.
Father's footsteps lead Howard family from Morgan County, Georgia, dairy farm to CAES and beyond
Katrien Devos, a molecular geneticist at UGA, is hoping that a recent $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation will lay the groundwork to make finger millet more productive and disease resistant.
CAES horticulture student Jesse Lafian developed a type of soil-moisture sensor, called a "tensiometer," that triggers irrigation when it senses plants require moisture. This remote sensor could revolutionize the way that farmers, landscapers and homeowners use water.
Scientist Glen Rains, entomology professor on the UGA Tifton campus, is using 3-D imagery and robots in early identification of crop disease and insect pressure.
Georgia FFA and CAES work together to promote agriculture and leadership to middle and high school students.
Georgia 4-H'ers have collected more than 160,000 pounds of pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia for a donation of more than $97,000.
Georgia Grinders Pecan Butter took the grand prize at the 2017 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest.