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GFB Awards Harvest 20 research grants

Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) has awarded almost $42,000 in research grants to five Georgia scientists and their research teams who are addressing production issues impacting Georgia farmers. GFB President Gerald Long announced the recipients of the organization’s Harvest 20 Research Grants Aug. 9 during the 2018 GFB Commodity Conference held at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.

“Last December at our annual convention, I announced my Harvest 20 Vision for Georgia Farm Bureau. One part of that vision is supporting agricultural research in Georgia,” Long said. “Georgia Farm Bureau provides leadership to Georgia’s agriculture community. Supporting agricultural research is one way we can continue to support Georgia agriculture and our farmers.”

A review committee selected these five research projects from 21 proposals to receive GFB grants: Identification & Documentation of Invasive Whitefly Species on Georgia Farms, principal investigator Dr. Michael Toews; Understanding the Interaction of Forage Quality & Quantity and the Best Supplementation Strategies to Maximize Beef Cattle Efficiency, principal investigator Dr. Lawton Stewart; Evaluating Snap Bean Cultivar and Germplasms for Resistance/Tolerance to the Cucurbit Leaf Crumple Virus, principal investigator Dr. Bhabesh Dutta; Effect of Cover Crops on Stubby Root Nematodes, principal investigator Dr. Abolfazl Hajihassani; and Evaluating the Effects of a Supplemental Feed Area on Early Bird Performance & Health in a Commercial Broiler House, principal investigator Dr. Brian Fairchild.

The grant recipients have been invited to present their research results in a poster session at the 2018 GFB Annual Convention in December.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the research findings presented at our annual convention in December,” Long said.