MACON, Ga. — Georgia Farm Bureau has awarded almost $137,000 in grants to nine researchers at the UGA College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences for studies addressing production, economic or marketing issues Georgia farmers are experiencing. The 2021 GFB Agricultural Research Initiatives grant recipients were recognized during the GFB Commodity Conference held Aug. 12 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.
“As federal and state funds for ag research decline, Georgia Farm Bureau feels it’s our job to step up and join other ag organizations in supporting research that benefits Georgia farmers,” GFB President Tom McCall said.
Recipients and their projects are as follows:
• Dr. Emran Ali Preventing Postharvest Fruit Rot of Georgia Blueberries: Determining the Organisms Responsible & Options for Pre-Harvest Management
• Dr. Sudeep Bag Epidemiology & Impact of Cotton Leafroll Dwarf Disease on Cotton in Georgia
• Dr. Lisa Baxter Controlling Smutgrass in Bahiagrass Pasture Systems Using Integrated Weed Management Strategies
• Dr. Mark A. Czarnota Developing Phytophthora Resistant Hybrid Firs by Somatic Embryogenesis
• Dr. Cesar L. Escalante Sourcing Interim Replacements for H-2A Foreign Farm Workers in Georgia Farms during the Pandemic
• Dr. Cristiane Pilon Leveraging Water Management Strategy in Peanut for Greatest Yield & Seed Quality\
• Dr. Alex Stelzieni Validating the Non-Thermal Destruction of E. coli 0157:H7, STEC & Surrogate E. Coli During the Manufacture of Dry Cured, Ready-to-Eat Beef Products
• Dr. Lawton Stewart Grazing Cotton Residue to Decrease Hay Feeding
• Dr. Kari Turner Animal Institute: A Program for Georgia Agricultural Teachers
This is the fourth year GFB has awarded grants to assist Georgia researchers working to find solutions to production, economic and marketing issues facing Georgia farmers. Since 2018, GFB has awarded about $392,600 in research grants that have addressed beef, blueberry, cotton, forage, Christmas, fruit & pecan tree, peanut, poultry, soybean, vegetable production issues.
–Georgia Farm Bureau