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UGA names Fluharty head of Animal & Dairy Science Department

Francis Fluharty joins the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as the new department head of the Department of Animal and Dairy Science. 

Fluharty is currently a research professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University.

His career has been devoted to assisting food animal producers through research and educational programs aimed at improving animal health and growth. Fluharty has also worked to improve profitability, as food animal agriculture must be economically sustainable for farm families.

Fluharty is a co-inventor of two patents for genetic marker processes and DNA sequences to detect an animal's potential for both marbling and tenderness. He also helped develop an all-natural branded beef program, Ohio Signature Beef, designed to improve profits for family farm owners who produce cattle without the use of hormone implants or antibiotics.

He has worked as a scientific advisor for the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in Chile and the Chilean Institute for Agriculture Development (INDAP), as well as the Japanese Wagyu F1 Council and Japan Cattlemen’s Association.