J. Merritt Melancon

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Articles by J. Merritt Melancon

Oct. 5 2017

From farm fields to flight paths: Researchers working to turn oilseed into jet fuel

Scientists have produced biofuels from corn, switchgrass and even algae, but researchers at the University of Georgia will soon study a new source of renewable biofuels: the lesser-known crop of carinata, also known as "Ethiopian mustard."

Sep. 19 2017

UGA President Morehead tours Northeast Georgia farms

From the trees that beautify Georgia's landscapes to the cows that produce milk to feed Georgia families, agriculture in this state is diverse and faces a wide range of challenges. University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead and state leaders learned more about these challenges and Northeast Georgia's farms, nurseries and the agritourism industry Tuesday during the annual farm tour.

Aug. 22 2017

How the beefsteak got so beefy: The complicated tale of taking tomatoes from tiny to tremendous

Geneticists at the University of Georgia have found the gene variants that control a tomato's size.

Mar. 22 2017

Georgia Grinders Pecan Butter takes top prize at UGA’s 2017 Flavor of Georgia Contest

Harry and Jaime Foster, owners of Georgia Grinders Premium Nut Butters, walked away with the grand prize from the University of Georgia's 2017 Flavor of Georgia Contest for their Georgia Grinders Pecan Butter.

Mar. 17 2017

Student entrepreneurs take center stage at UGA’s inaugural FABricate competition

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences celebrated the finale of its inaugural FABricate student entrepreneurship contest.

Mar. 13 2017

UGA scientists develop new equation to help farmers fight late freezes

Atmospheric scientists at the University of Georgia have recently developed a simplified set of equations to help farmers who use irrigation for frost protection.

Feb. 23 2017

Rabun County’s Ladybug Farms awarded UGA students’ latest tiny house

Georgia Organics, UGA team up again to provide housing to young Georgia farmers

Feb. 20 2017

Finalists selected for UGA’s Flavor of Georgia contest

Judges have selected 33 products to compete in the final round of the University of Georgia's 2017 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest.

Feb. 8 2017

Extension viticulture specialist to help state’s vineyards

UGA Extension recently hired its first full-time wine grape Extension specialist.

Nov. 30 2016

Experts to discuss economy, livestock regulations, 2018 farm bill at Georgia Ag Forecast

The Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series will be held Jan. 18-27. University of Georgia agricultural economists will present insights into the latest market and regulatory conditions for the state's largest industry.

Nov. 14 2016

Registration for the 2017 Flavor of Georgia contest now open

Whether it's a specialty sweet treat, small-batch pork sausage or pimento cheese made from grandma's secret recipe, the University of Georgia's Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest shines the spotlight on the state's craft food scene. The contest, in its second decade, serves as a springboard for food entrepreneurs, assisting them in testing new products and reaching a larger audience, and helps new craft brands break into new markets and expand sales. Registration for the 2017 Flavor of Georgia contest, which is conducted each year by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is now open at http://flavorofga.com/.

Sep. 9 2016

UGA entomology helps lead effort to digitize North America’s butterfly and moth collections

This fall researchers at the Georgia Museum of Natural History at the University of Georgia will lead an effort to digitize around 2.1 million specimens from the order Lepidoptera—moths and butterflies—and to make that data available to scientists studying climate, natural habitats and agricultural pests.

Jun. 16 2016

Rolling farmers markets help metro-Atlanta residents stock up on fresh food

Summer isn't quite the same without fresh corn, beans, okra and tomatoes, but many Georgians don't have easy access to the state's bounty of produce.

May. 3 2016

UGA, Italian university partner for first-of-its-kind program in sustainable agriculture

To promote collaboration on some of the biggest challenges facing agriculture today, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is partnering with the University of Padova in Italy for a groundbreaking dual master's degree program in sustainable agriculture.

Apr. 18 2016

Georgia 4-H turns to oysters, volunteers to combat erosion on Tybee Island

This summer, Georgia 4-H is recruiting an army of oysters to help ensure the future of the organization's coastal environmental education center.

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