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UGA ag school among nations's best

Posted on February 19, 2019 12:00 AM

By Jay Stone


UGA College of Agricultural & Envi-ronmental Sciences (CAES) Dean Sam Pardue delivered a review of the college’s performance at the Ag Forecast meetings held statewide in January.

For fall 2018, Pardue said CAES had more than 2,000 students enrolled. According to, CAES ranks No. 1 in poultry science, No. 2 in plant breeding, No 8 in plant pathology, No. 9 in food science, No. 10 in soil sciences and agronomy and No. 10 in horticulture.

The Center for World University Rankings ranked UGA’s entomology program No. 8 in the world and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis ranked UGA’s Agricultural Economics Department No. 17 in the world.

Pardue noted UGA is one of the nation’s top universities for bringing new products to market. Overall, UGA innovators took 52 products to market in 2017, with 175 companies built on UGA research and 1,300 jobs created. Pardue said between 13 and 17 percent of UGA’s inventors are CAES faculty and account for three fourths of the revenue from new technology generated by UGA inventions.

“You should be proud of the fact that those scientists are creating things,” Par- due said. “The scientists in the college generate information that people are willing to pay money to license.”