UGA’s Extended Reach

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UGA Extension brings research-based expertise to people across the state.

Our extended campuses in Tifton, Griffin, Gwinnett and Atlanta—coupled with our statewide outreach programs—help bring the resources and expertise of the University of Georgia to citizens across the state.

In addition to offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs from our College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, our Tifton campus houses faculty and staff who conduct research that helps make agriculture Georgia’s No. 1 industry. On my most recent visit to the Tifton campus, for example, professor George Vellidis demonstrated how he and his colleagues are developing and applying precision agriculture technology to make farms more efficient and profitable. Tifton entomology professor Alton “Stormy” Sparks conducts research that aims to improve the management of insects that damage commercially important crops, while professor Peggy Ozias-Akins conducts research that focuses on one of Georgia’s most famous exports—peanuts. Brian Schwartz and his colleagues on the Tifton Turf Team help support an industry that contributes $7.8 billion annually to Georgia’s economy, and earlier this year we dedicated new turfgrass research and education facilities in Tifton, Griffin and Athens to help push that figure higher in the coming years.  

I also had the pleasure of visiting our Griffin campus last month, where UGA offers 11 bachelor’s degree completion programs and nine graduate programs. The Griffin campus is home to the Food Product and Innovation Center, better known as FoodPIC, which connects our scientists with an industry that contributes $11.5 billion each year to Georgia’s economy. The new FoodPIC building was dedicated in January, and this summer we’ll dedicate the first dining facility on the Griffin campus thanks to a generous gift of $1,023,000 from the Dundee Community Association that will completely cover the cost of transforming a historic barn into the Dundee Café at the Mule Barn.

Forty miles to the north, our Atlanta/Buckhead campus offers two MBA programs from our Terry College of Business as well as executive education programs in project management, the fundamentals of finance and other areas. Our Gwinnett campus provides graduate-level programs for working professionals as well as professional development programs through the Georgia Center for Continuing Education, Small Business Development Center and Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

UGA Extension agents serve each of Georgia’s 159 counties, providing research-based expertise and programs related to agriculture and family and consumer sciences. In addition, Public Service and Outreach programs such as the Archway Partnership and Small Business Development Center help communities revitalize downtowns, attract industry, and launch and grow businesses.

The work that faculty and staff in our extended campuses and across the state conduct exemplifies the University of Georgia’s land-grant mission of service. They are helping people address issues that affect their lives and livelihoods while creating a more promising future for the entire state.  

More information:
Tifton Campus: http://www.caes.uga.edu/campuses/tifton.html
Griffin Campus: https://www.griffin.uga.edu/
Gwinnett Campus: https://gwinnett.uga.edu/
Atlanta/Buckhead Campus: http://www.terry.uga.edu/about/campuses/atlanta
Public Service and Outreach: http://outreach.uga.edu/
UGA Extension: http://extension.uga.edu/