Our Work and Priorities

The University of Georgia created the Stripling Irrigation Research Park (SIRP) to be an innovative irrigation research and education center. The park is an easily accessible facility to offer assistance for farmers in irrigation management as well as to provide general information to the public regarding the role of water in the regional economy.

Scientists, engineers, and extension specialists collaborate with the staff and administration of the park to define crop water needs and improve food, feed, and fiber production using efficient irrigation methods. Industry partners are able to test equipment and water conservation strategies for Georgia under the objective eye of the college’s researchers. SIRP provides educational opportunities and demonstrations for farmers, irrigation companies, as well as students in local technical colleges and universities. Additionally, we often collaborate with the local Mitchell County Extension Office staff. 

Agricultural water conservation is at the forefront of topics in southwest Georgia with the increasing frequency of drought periods and increasing water demands throughout the Apalachicola – Chattahoochee – Flint (ACF) River Basin. Thus, the mission of the Stripling Park has included conservation ideals since its inception. With the ongoing “water wars” over water flow and demand in the ACF River Basin, maximizing efficiency and conservation efforts in this region has become a priority.

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We investigate the latest production and technological practices, striving for producer profitability and sustainability.
Research and Education Centers (RECs) are hubs for innovation and discovery that address the most critical issues facing agricultural production throughout the state. Ultimately, our findings are shared with stakeholders through the extension and outreach efforts of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Kristen Dunning gathers with family and friends at UGA's Studio 255 to watch her appearance on Shark Tank's season 15 premiere. CAES News
Georgia MBA student strikes a deal on Shark Tank
When Kristen Dunning, a University of Georgia MBA student and founder of Gently Soap, launched her sensitive skincare brand in 2021, she made a goal to appear on Shark Tank in 2025. She marked that goal off her bucket list two years early. Dunning appeared this weekend on the season 15 premiere of the popular business pitch show, landing a deal with Candace Nelson, founder of the Sprinkles Cupcakes bakery chain.
Each year, hundreds of international researchers — from master’s degree students to academic faculty — apply to come to the University of Georgia to work in a wide range of academic fields. CAES News
UGA faculty excellence attracts international researchers across disciplines
Each year, hundreds of international researchers — from master’s degree students to academic faculty — apply to come to the University of Georgia to work in a wide range of academic fields. In the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, dozens of international research scholars work with faculty on important research that furthers the CAES mission while benefiting visiting scholars.

CAES Events

Horticulture Graduate Student Association presents Spooky Plant Sale Fundraiser October 5 and 6, 202311AM - 4PMTate Student Center Buy beautiful succulents and monsteras! For more information, contact us at HGSA@uga.edu
Oct 06
11:00AM - 4:00PM HGSA Spooky Plant Sale! Tate Center, Athens, GA
UGA Center for Food Safety Webinar Series       Changing Landscape of Foodborne Illness, 1999-2023: A Personal View Guest speaker: Art Liang, Former Director of the CDC Food Safety Office Date: Wednesday, October 18 Time: 10 a.m. ET In person in the Melton Building Conference Room OR Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94647425740 Hosted by Dr. Francisco Diez, Director of the UGA Center for Food Safety About Dr. Liang: Art is the former Director of the CDC Food Safety Office. He has been a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service officer and the Chief of the Communicable Disease Division, Hawaii Dept. of Health. He has served on the Executive Committee of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. He has also been a member of the Preventive Medicine Residency Advisory Committee for the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. He is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He has a BA from Oberlin College, an MPH in International Health and Epidemiology from the University of Hawaii; and MD from the University of Maryland.
Oct 18
10:00AM - 11:00AM Webinar with Dr. Art Liang - Changing Landscape of Foodborne Illness, 1999-2023: A Personal View https://zoom.us/j/94647425740
The training will cover the standardized curriculum designed by the Produce Safety Alliance, which meets the regulatory requirements of the Produce Safety Rule under FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act). The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.
Nov 01
8:00AM - 5:00PM Training for Farmers and Growers on Produce Safety Rule Online Event
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