Agriculture at UGA
September 05, 2013
by Jere W. Morehead, President
UGA has a long history of supporting agriculture in Georgia through research, instruction and public service. As the state’s largest industry, agriculture is critically important to the economic health of Georgia; one of my primary areas of focus as President is connecting the resources of the university with the state’s economic development efforts. That is why I spent two days of this week touring one of our Agricultural Research Stations, the Sunbelt Expo and several prominent and successful agricultural operations around the state.
Agriculture at UGA is global in scope and impact, addressing health and wellness concerns and issues through food safety education and programs, fighting obesity and related chronic health conditions and increasing access to healthful food supplies; enhancing the environment through improved water efficiencies, preventing the spread of invasive species, finding environmentally safe solutions to pest problems and developing alternative fuels; and increasing food production by developing high-yield, low-input crop varieties, improving mechanization and finding long-term storage solutions to prevent waste.
All of these serve Georgia’s agricultural community, and I am proud of the work that UGA does to support this important sector of the state’s economy.
PICTURED ABOVE: Will Ross, head grower at Evergreen Nursery in Statham, explains how a new automated micro-irrigation system developed by UGA researchers has helped him get these hostas — being grown for next spring — off to a good start.