UGA Horticulture Department

13 Horticulture Students Receive CAES Scholarships!

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More Good News!   Every year the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences awards our outstanding students with a number of undergraduate student scholarship awards.  The 2016 cycle was a banner year for the Horticulture Department.  13 of our students received these scholarships this month!  Jana Hamilton received the Harold and Celestia Loden Scholarship, Will Hempill and Chelsea McMahan received the Lawrence G and Mary Katherine B Burk Scholarship.  John Presley received the Henry L. Reeves Scholarship, David Miler received the Elmo C Hester Jr. Scholarship, and Sarah Houtsma received the E.G. Dawson Scholarship.  Annie Vogel and Mary Lewis were selected for the GA Burson Scholarships, and Savannah White, Taylor Strickland, Ruqayah Bhuiyan, Jeana Hansel and Annika Kohler were recipients of the Cordelia Anne Ellis Scholarship!  Way to go Hort Dawgs!

5th Annual Organic Farming Twilight Tour (July 14th, 6-8pm)

Organic and sustainable agriculture experts with the University of Georgia will host their 5th annual Organic Twilight Tour. The open house will be a chance for farmers and gardeners to learn about organic research trials being conducted at the Horticulture Research Farm located in Watkinsville. Researchers and students will give mini-talks, describe demonstration plots, and be available to discuss your questions about the latest organic practices. FREE event, no registration required.

Stations Include:
High Tunnels
Squash Disease
Cover Crops
Organic Watermelon Production
Small Farm Irrigation Equipment
Apple Management
Nitrogen from Organic Fertilizers

DATE:
Thursday, July 14th, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

LOCATION:
UGA Horticulture Farm
1221 Hog Mountain Rd.
Watkinsville, GA 30677

INFORMATION:
SustainAgGA.org or contact Jessica Cudnik at sustainag@uga.edu or
(706)-542-8084

16 New Postions Paying $40,000.00+ Opening Up!

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UGA Horticulture Alumni and Current Students!  We currently have eleven positions posted across the state with at least five more opening up very soon.  Any interested alumni and student who are graduating Summer or Fall should apply now.  Starting salary with MS degree is $40,400 with a UGA benefit package.

I encourage you to share this information with anyone interested.  The following links contain information about our jobs and a current listing of openings. We are looking for recent or upcoming CAES graduates to join our Cooperative Extension team. Our county agricultural agents are UGA faculty positions that require a master’s degree.  However, we can hire BS students under a provisional status with a timeline to complete a MS degree (eligible for employee Tuition Assistance Program).  If interested, please contact Mr Greg Price, CAES Director of County Operations, 706-542-1060.

http://extension.uga.edu/about/join/careers.cfm

http://www.caes.uga.edu/unit/abo/hr/

Athens Farmers Market Assists Student Research Efforts on Local Vegetable Production

Do you ever shop at the Athens Farmers Market? If so, you may have been recently approached by TC Jayalath, a current Horticulture Graduate student, and asked to participate in a consumer survey about locally-grown, organic lettuce. More than 125 shoppers shared information about their buying habits, taste preferences and the visual appeal of lettuce grown at the UGA Horticulture Research Farm this spring. We would like to thank the farmers market, the shoppers and S-SARE (funding agency) for making this effort a fun and great success!

Athens Farmers Market Customers Volunteer to Talk about and Eat Lettuce on a Sat. morning!

Mary Jane Scarborough Receives Administrative/Professional Award of Excellence

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Since 1987, she’s helped bring a sense of order and calm to the UGA Department of Horticulture, which encompasses three campuses, 71 faculty and staff members, a 90-acre research farm and 54,527 square feet of greenhouse space.

Since assuming her current role as administrative specialist in 1996, Scarborough’s organizational skill and dedication to the department impacts every departmental function, from the promotion and tenure systems, to class scheduling, to grant accountability.

“I have always told her that I am going to retire when she retires, as I worry about the department without her on board,” wrote one horticulture professor in his recommendation letter in support of Scarborough’s award.

Students, faculty and staff agree that Scarborough’s positive attitude and professionalism make their time working or studying at the Department of Horticulture a positive experience.

Scarborough’s rapport with the department’s 65 undergraduate and 22 graduate students also makes her indispensable. Graduating seniors often list Scarborough’s helpfulness and attention to detail as one of the reasons why they enjoyed their time at UGA.

Carl Hall Earns Skilled Trades Award of Excellence!

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Carl Hall, farm supervisor at the UGA Durham Horticulture Research Farm, had a job working indoors once. He did not like it.

Hall feels that a bad day on the farm is better than the best day in an office, and for the past 36 years, he’s helped shape the Durham farm into one of the most productive outdoor laboratories in the state.

His ability to help researchers who are new to the Southeast and to the farm stems from a lifetime of working this land. Hall’s father was superintendent of the Durham farm, and Hall was raised on the site. He is a living, 50-year archive of the farm’s operations and knows what has worked and what hasn’t.

Over the years, Hall has designed experimental plots, built irrigation systems and prepared fields for research. His knowledge concerning the farm’s geology and layout would be indispensable in any situation, but is even more important given that the 90 acres is used by dozens of researchers in horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, ecology, plant biology and genetics.

In addition, part of the farm has been certified for organic production, and research must be managed differently and buffered from non-organic uses.

Hall has also proven his logistical skill and engineering prowess by inventing and building new equipment from scratch, like an onion transplanting wheel or a drip irrigation subsoiler—equipment that saved research assistants hours of labor.

In addition to his work with land and equipment, Hall is known as a patient, hands-on supervisor for inexperienced research farm workers, along with being a great cook.

Recent alumna, Hannah Bundy to join NC Extension Service

Hannah Bundy assists with Dr. O'Connell's organic vegetable researchCongratulations to Hannah Bundy a recent graduate (2015’) of the Horticulture Dept. and Certificate Program in Organic Agriculture who has accepted a position with the NC Cooperative Extension Service. She will be joining the Rutherford County Extension Service as their Horticulture Extension Agent and is looking forward to working with master gardeners, home owners and commercial producers as well as organizing the county farmers market. We wish her all the best!

 

UGA to Host Inaugural ‘Academy of Crop Production’

The Academy of Crop Production is a Southern-centric four-day (family-friendly) conference dedicated to sharing information on ADVANCED ornamental crop production and business management techniques for ornamental producers. Hosted by the University of Georgia and the Georgia Green Industry Association, at the beautiful Hotel Indigo. This is not a trade show, but rather a concentrated series of classes, open forums and social events that focus on important current issues facing growers. This program features an impressive national speaker lineup.

Click here to see the brochure.

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Kacey Jones To Join van der Knaap Laboratory Staff

10881654_677729652341372_1762247456045797913_nHort Department Alumna Kacey Jones was recently hired as a greenhouse/field assistant in the van der Knaap laboratory. Kacey’s responsibilities are to maintain the greenhouse and field programs on tomato and pepper fruit quality. Kacey has been working at an organic vegetable production facility, Professor Esther van der Knaap recent received a significant grant to work on tomato genomics. Congratulations Kacey on your next career step in greenhouse vegetables!

UGA Horticulture Majors Awarded Scholarships

IMG_480810570350_10202292045535379_1536744665027820357_n (1)Two Horticulture Department students have recently received several significant scholarships.  Sarah Houtsma, Sophomore, has received the 2016 Garden Club of Long Beach Island Scholarship for Horticulture and Mary Lewis, Senior, has received the 2016 Perennial Plant Association Scholarship, and the 2016 Joseph P. Shinoda Scholarship for Floriculture! All of these are national in scope and regardless of how far away the host organization may be, our horticulture students are academically competitive!  Congratulations to Sarah and Mary!  Go Hort Dawgs!

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