UGA recognized Georgia soybean producers for producing high yields during the 2018 growing season. Pictured are, from left, UGA East Georgia Extension Agronomist Mark Freeman, Clayton Bloodworth (Wilcox County), Keith Mickler (accepting for Nick McMichen, Floyd County), Mark and Haden Ariail (Franklin County), Russ and Dennis Moon (Madison County), Randy Dowdy (Lowndes County) and Andy Carter (Lowndes County Extension agent). CAES News
UGA recognized Georgia soybean producers for producing high yields during the 2018 growing season. Pictured are, from left, UGA East Georgia Extension Agronomist Mark Freeman, Clayton Bloodworth (Wilcox County), Keith Mickler (accepting for Nick McMichen, Floyd County), Mark and Haden Ariail (Franklin County), Russ and Dennis Moon (Madison County), Randy Dowdy (Lowndes County) and Andy Carter (Lowndes County Extension agent).
Soybean Winners
Georgia’s top soybean producers were honored for producing high yields during the 2018 growing season at the Georgia-Florida Soybean/Small Grain Expo in Perry, Georgia, on Jan. 15.
UGA's Tim Coolong was recognized at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Coolong received the Donnie H. Morris Award of Excellence in Extension. CAES News
UGA's Tim Coolong was recognized at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Coolong received the Donnie H. Morris Award of Excellence in Extension.
Award Winners
University of Georgia vegetable horticulturist Tim Coolong received the Donnie H. Morris Award of Excellence in Extension during the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Georgia, on Jan. 12.
For more than a decade, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offered through the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) has provided free tax help to Georgians with moderate incomes, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited-English-speaking taxpayers. The program has expanded through UGA Cooperative Extension and now offers assistants to taxpayers in more rural areas of Georgia via the internet. CAES News
For more than a decade, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offered through the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) has provided free tax help to Georgians with moderate incomes, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited-English-speaking taxpayers. The program has expanded through UGA Cooperative Extension and now offers assistants to taxpayers in more rural areas of Georgia via the internet.
VITA Program
For more than a decade, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offered through the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics has offered free tax help to Georgians with low-to-moderate incomes, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited-English-speaking taxpayers.
Wood ash leftover from roaring fires added to a garden plot also adds calcium and magnesium to the soil, similar to applying lime. UGA Cooperative Extension experts say, like lime, wood ash will increase the pH level in your soil, so add it in moderation. CAES News
Wood ash leftover from roaring fires added to a garden plot also adds calcium and magnesium to the soil, similar to applying lime. UGA Cooperative Extension experts say, like lime, wood ash will increase the pH level in your soil, so add it in moderation.
Wood Ash
Many Georgia families enjoy building roaring fires in their fireplaces or wood-burning stoves during the winter. Whether as a source of heat or for enjoyment, when the flames die down, a pile of wood ash remains. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension consumer vegetable specialist Bob Westerfield says that wood ash can be added to garden soil in moderation.
From his retro sense of style to his effervescent personality, Mason McClintock always felt different from others his age. When Georgia 4-H came into his life, he found a place of belonging, somewhere he could be himself and feel encouraged by adults and his peers. McClintock is shown with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue during his visit with Georgia 4-H'ers in recognition of National 4-H Week in 2017. CAES News
From his retro sense of style to his effervescent personality, Mason McClintock always felt different from others his age. When Georgia 4-H came into his life, he found a place of belonging, somewhere he could be himself and feel encouraged by adults and his peers. McClintock is shown with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue during his visit with Georgia 4-H'ers in recognition of National 4-H Week in 2017.
National Honor
Mason McClintock, 17, of Alma, Georgia, is the winner of the 2019 4-H Youth in Action Pillar Award for Civic Engagement, according to the National 4-H Council. McClintock will be recognized nationally for his resilience and leadership of his program, the Alma Entrepreneur Tour. 
Thinning pine stands benefits the timber stand and the owner. Reducing stand density reduces competition for nutrients, space and light and improves the vigor, growth rate and overall quality of the remaining trees. CAES News
Thinning pine stands benefits the timber stand and the owner. Reducing stand density reduces competition for nutrients, space and light and improves the vigor, growth rate and overall quality of the remaining trees.
Timber Stands
A forested stand with fewer quality trees is often healthier than a forested stand with a greater density. Small-acreage landowners should consider using the Timber Stand Improvement Method.
UGA's Adam Rabinowitz, peanut economist on the UGA Tifton campus, speaks during the 2018 Georgia Ag Forecast meeting in Bainbridge, Georgia. CAES News
UGA's Adam Rabinowitz, peanut economist on the UGA Tifton campus, speaks during the 2018 Georgia Ag Forecast meeting in Bainbridge, Georgia.
Ag Forecast
South Georgia farmers, community leaders and business owners recovering from Hurricane Michael can learn about additional recovery assistance available at a free resource fair immediately following the upcoming 2019 Georgia Ag Forecast meetings in Bainbridge, Georgia, on Jan. 31 and in Tifton, Georgia, on Feb. 1.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal congratulates, from left, David C. Barrow Elementary School fourth-grader Emma Starnes, David C. Barrow Elementary School fifth-grader Blake Bernt and Malcolm Bridge Middle School seventh-grader Olivia Hawkins. All three were named finalists in the 2019 UGA Extension Radon Education Program Poster Contest. CAES News
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal congratulates, from left, David C. Barrow Elementary School fourth-grader Emma Starnes, David C. Barrow Elementary School fifth-grader Blake Bernt and Malcolm Bridge Middle School seventh-grader Olivia Hawkins. All three were named finalists in the 2019 UGA Extension Radon Education Program Poster Contest.
Radon Posters
Gov. Nathan Deal recognized three students from northeast Georgia for their efforts to spread the word about the dangers of radon as part of the 2019 University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Radon Education Program Poster Contest.
Pride Road's hibiscus jelly was a finalist in Flavor of Georgia's 2018 Jams and Jellies category. The University of Georgia's Food Product Innovation and Commercialization (FoodPIC) Center in Griffin, Georgia, helped the Smyrna, Georgia, company dry the fresh flowers and then make them into a range of hibiscus products: jelly, jam, tea and chutney. Pride Road's owners (center) are shown at the 2018 Flavor of Georgia contest with members of the FoodPIC staff. CAES News
Pride Road's hibiscus jelly was a finalist in Flavor of Georgia's 2018 Jams and Jellies category. The University of Georgia's Food Product Innovation and Commercialization (FoodPIC) Center in Griffin, Georgia, helped the Smyrna, Georgia, company dry the fresh flowers and then make them into a range of hibiscus products: jelly, jam, tea and chutney. Pride Road's owners (center) are shown at the 2018 Flavor of Georgia contest with members of the FoodPIC staff.
Food PIC
For the past 12 years, Georgia-based food companies have competed in the Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest. Being named a finalist — or better, a winner — in one of the contest’s categories is a great boost for companies seeking success in the competitive food industry. A few of last year’s winners had one thing in common: They have worked with the University of Georgia’s Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center (FoodPIC).
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. 8 on the University of Georgia Griffin campus will focus on pruning trees and ornamentals and caring for landscape equipment.