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Governor Brian Kemp recognized Lee Nunn of Madison, Georgia, as the 2020 Farmer of the Year on July 8, 2020. CAES News
Governor Brian Kemp recognized Lee Nunn of Madison, Georgia, as the 2020 Farmer of the Year on July 8, 2020.
2020 Farmer of the Year
Lee Nunn of Madison, Georgia, planted his first wheat crop on 50 acres of his wife’s family farm when it became available to rent just over a dozen years ago. He quickly realized his passion for farming and began renting more land, now growing wheat, soybeans, field peas, corn and cotton on more than 1,500 acres.
Lettuce is grown under red LED lights at a research greenhouse. U.S. growers spend about $600 million per year on electricity for lighting in their greenhouses and plant factories. (Photo by Neil Mattson) CAES News
Lettuce is grown under red LED lights at a research greenhouse. U.S. growers spend about $600 million per year on electricity for lighting in their greenhouses and plant factories. (Photo by Neil Mattson)
Energy Informatics
LED lightbulbs, programmable thermostats, high-density insulation and electric vehicles — despite these innovations, about two-thirds of the energy produced in the U.S. is lost to inefficiencies, according to national studies. For scientists and economists who work on the barriers between people and a sustainable future, that’s a dire number, but modern data management is helping to reduce it.
Irrigation on a corn field the University of Georgia Tifton Campus (file photo). CAES News
Irrigation on a corn field the University of Georgia Tifton Campus (file photo).
Produce Safety
An online tool developed by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is helping produce growers assess their water quality and prepare for increased testing requirements.
Brown thrasher CAES News
Brown thrasher
Birds thrive on farms
A study by the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and collaborators at The Nature Conservancy and Washington State University challenges the notion that native bird species only belong in wooded habitats. This study has found that diversified farms are mutually beneficial for producers and native wildlife, creating a system where conservation and production are equal priorities.
Georgia Pollinator Plants of the Year CAES News
Georgia Pollinator Plants of the Year
Pollinator Plants
Native plants are the best habitat and food source for pollinators but they can be hard to find at garden centers or hardware stores.
USDA Chief Economist Robert Johannson will present his talk, "U.S. Farm Outlook for 2020 – Policy & Uncertainty,” in Athens, Georgia at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 17 as part of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences J.W. Fanning Lecture. CAES News
USDA Chief Economist Robert Johannson will present his talk, "U.S. Farm Outlook for 2020 – Policy & Uncertainty,” in Athens, Georgia at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 17 as part of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences J.W. Fanning Lecture.
USDA Chief Economist
From changes in weather patterns and demographics to shifts in trade policy, farmers and agricultural officials have a lot to plan around these days.
UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Horticulture's Professor Marc van Iersel, right, is leading an interdisciplinary team which hopes to integrate new lighting technologies, big data and better growing practices to reduce energy costs in greenhouses and plant factories. CAES News
UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Horticulture's Professor Marc van Iersel, right, is leading an interdisciplinary team which hopes to integrate new lighting technologies, big data and better growing practices to reduce energy costs in greenhouses and plant factories.
Start-up
The illuminated light bulb. It’s the symbol of a great idea come to life.
Sustainable agriculture experts at the University of Georgia are offering a two-day intensive workshop March 23 and 24 to help small growers make the most of the upcoming season and build their farms into strong, productive businesses. CAES News
Sustainable agriculture experts at the University of Georgia are offering a two-day intensive workshop March 23 and 24 to help small growers make the most of the upcoming season and build their farms into strong, productive businesses.
UGArden History
There is a lot more growing at UGArden — the University of Georgia’s student-run community farm — than just vegetables. Student involvement, community outreach and adoption of sustainable practices are all products of the work of students and staff at the garden. 
This yield map shows a field with cotton with different amounts of yields produced. CAES News
This yield map shows a field with cotton with different amounts of yields produced.
Yield Maps
A cotton farmer who uses yield maps while he finishes harvesting this year’s crop could potentially increase his yields next season while becoming more efficient with input costs, according to University of Georgia Precision Agriculture Specialist Wes Porter.
Students in Glen Harris' Soils and Hydrology class pose for a picture at Providence Canyon. CAES News
Students in Glen Harris' Soils and Hydrology class pose for a picture at Providence Canyon.
Classroom Road Trips
Hands-on learning opportunities are a focal point for students in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) on the University of Georgia Tifton campus and a key part of its academic mission.