UGA farm sale

first_imgIn its August meeting, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved the sale of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Plant Sciences Farm in Watkinsville, Ga. The 522-acre farm will be sold to the Townley Family Partnership for $11.4 million. The college offered the farm for public bid following several years of budget cuts totaling close to 30 percent. J. Scott Angle, CAES dean and director, said the farm sale would help move along a plan to consolidate the college’s property holdings, while generating needed funds for repairs at other facilities. “We maintain nearly 18,000 acres of land around the state,” Angle said. “Our facilities at many of those sites are now in dire need of repair, because we haven’t had the money to maintain them.” The Plant Sciences Farm was deemed highly marketable land that could generate the much-needed funds for infrastructure improvements and investments at other CAES facilities. The ag college is funded differently from other UGA colleges because Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Stations are state agencies housed within the college and make up the majority of the college’s state budget funds. Neither agency gets money from student tuition. Over this four-year cycle of cuts, CAES eliminated 355 faculty and staff positions through attrition, retirements and layoffs and along with funds for operating and support. “Making permanent decisions like selling land and laying off employees are never easy decisions,” Angle said. “But, we must make decisions that will help us function effectively long-term. And, in the short-term, we must make decisions that will help us best support the programs and facilities Georgians need from us.”CAES to manage former USDA centerEarlier this year, facing their own budget cuts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced they would close the J. Phil Campbell, Sr. Natural Resource Conservation Center also in Watkinsville. Closure orders included a clause giving local land-grant universities the first right of refusal to assume ownership of closed facilities.Last week, UGA administrators signed an agreement to transfer management of the Campbell facility to the university.“Because of the Campbell farm’s proximity to us, our faculty have often partnered with USDA scientists there over the years,” Angle said. “Acquiring use of this facility doesn’t immediately reduce our acreage, but it gives us useful space close to campus where we can consolidate some of our various research, teaching and extension facilities into one location. That gives us greater flexibility to identify other land holdings we can sell or discontinue leases on in the future.”Plans for the Campbell facility are still being finalized. The possible uses include a new home for the Oconee County Extension office and the local farmers market, along with the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program and some of the college’s sustainable grazing and agricultural conservation research and instruction activities.Future plansTo help guide future adjustments, CAES developed a new strategic plan that is in review. Angle expects the completed plan will help the college focus available resources on the most valuable, needed programs to Georgians and identify underutilized programs and properties that can be reduced, combined or eliminated. “We manage a lot of land that is marginal for cultivation and research,” Angle said. “Liquidating land that isn’t contributing to our research and extension efforts can help reduce our financial obligations for maintenance, while putting land back on the county tax rolls. It’s a win-win.”last_img read more

Widows to bowl out of Plymouth’s Drake Circus

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Lady Wildcats Battle Lady Spartans

first_imgThe Franklin County Lady Wildcats Varsity Volleyball team was defeated by The Connersville Lady Spartans 26-24, 25-15, 25-17.Kaitlyn Obert had 3 ace serves to lead the team for the day. Kayley Schoettelkotte led the team with 7 kills and Meredith Bohman added 5 kills. Kendall McCool had 11 assists for the day. The back row of Megan Getz, Autumn McDaniel, and Taylor McCreary dug 18 balls.‘Hopefully the first week and four matches nerves are over and the Lady Wildcats will come to play like the coaches know they can. They are very capable of winning against Connersville. We will see them later on in the season and they will see a better team. There were some really good moments from the team. We will be seeing more and more as the season moves on. The team is starting to work better as a team and learning to play next to one another. ‘ Wildcats Coach Tanya Wirtz.They are back in action Tuesday night as they travel to Batesville.The JV Lady Cats won today against EIAC Connersville 25-20, 23-25, 15-13.Kelly Layton lead the team with 4 aces. Lillie Stewart added 3 aces and 5 kills. Charlotte Barrett added 3 aces and 2 kills. Jalynn Rogers and Kelsey Vail kept the back row alive by digging hit after hit!! Way to go lady’s, this brings our record to 3-1.We will be in the road to EIAC Batesville on Teusday, Aug 22. Come on out and support your Lady Cats!!!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.The freshman girls came in strong to Connersville winning the first set. Connersville came back winning the next two sets while FC put up a good fight 19-25, 25-12, 15-11.We were led in serves by Kloe Bolos with 9 serves and 5 aces followed by Rae Ertel with 5 serves and 2 aces. Kim Settles and Kiya Rains came in with strong passes to help the team.The freshman volleyball team will be at Batesville on Tuesday.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Logan Allen.last_img read more

Beat writers predict winner of Syracuse-Notre Dame men’s basketball

first_img Published on January 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (11-8, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) travels to South Bend, Indiana, to take on No. 15 Notre Dame (16-3, 5-1) on Saturday at noon. The Orange has yet to win a game away from the Carrier Dome and is still in search of a marquee win. A victory against the Fighting Irish would satisfy both holes in SU’s NCAA Tournament resume. Syracuse has won four straight against Notre Dame including last year’s 15-point upset at home.Here’s how our beat writers predict the game will unfold.Connor Grossman (11-8)HomesickNotre Dame 83, Syracuse 71There’s not much use in predicting a “signature” win for Syracuse’s resume until one actually comes to fruition. SU will have chances against Florida State, Duke and Louisville, just to name a few of the ACC obstacles that still lie ahead. But the Orange has looked inept on the road this season, and going up against a Notre Dame team with one loss in conference play, there’s little hope for the visitors on Saturday afternoon. Notre Dame is one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the conference, and they’re just as good at defending the 3. That’s how UND tabs Syracuse with its fourth conference loss.Matt Schneidman (10-9)Luck of the OrangeSyracuse 73, Notre Dame 71AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has won four straight against Notre Dame, including last year’s tilt in the Carrier Dome when the Orange scored 44 first-half points. Jim Boeheim is 16-5 against Mike Brey, and the Fighting Irish is coming off its first conference loss to Florida State earlier this week. You won’t find any numbers on paper that give the Orange a sliver of hope to win this one; ND is the best foul-shooting team in the country and a top-10 offensive team, among other areas of strength. Just trust me, or call me crazy. Syracuse gets its first signature win.Paul Schwedelson (12-7)Taking a south bendNotre Dame 77, Syracuse 65If you judge individual talent, Notre Dame may not stack up with some of the other top teams in the conference, but the Fighting Irish is one of the best all-around teams in the nation. UND is 8-3 in games decided by 10 points or less, a testament to its ability to win ugly. Bonzie Colson leads the ACC with 12 10-rebound games and 11 double-doubles. Syracuse can’t afford to get beat on the boards in a second straight game, but don’t expect that to happen. Commentslast_img read more

Under the Radar at UFC Saint Petersburg: Michal Oleksiejczuk

first_imgIf he can keep it standing and dictate the terms of the fight, then Oleksiejczuk has real chance to run his unbeaten streak to an even dozen, which, as I’ve said frequently, is the kind of thing that doesn’t just happen by accident, no matter whom you’re fighting or where.Light heavyweight isn’t a barren wasteland.There are emerging talents in the 205-pound ranks you should be paying close attention to and Oleksiejczuk is one of them. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearEveryone pretends like there are no emerging talents climbing the ranks in the division because they don’t measure up to the greatness of Jon Jones or would stand as considerable underdogs against Alexander Gustafsson, as if measuring the quality of a division comes down exclusively to how everyone would do against arguably the greatest fighter of all time and a perennial contender who has only ever lost to elite talent.Everything is measured in absolutes — you’re either the best or a bum — and anyone who resides in the vast expanses between those two extremes has to do something dramatic in order to garner even a modicum of attention.Which is sad, because that’s how emerging talents get overlooked and end up sneaking up on all the people who constantly shout about wanting to know more about fighters, but refuse to do the work to familiarize themselves with anyone who isn’t already a big name or carrying a ton of buzz.Michal Oleksiejczuk is one of those low-key up-and-comers that people should be paying attention to but aren’t because he competes at light heavyweight and they’ve heard for years how terrible the division is as a whole.Last time out, the 24-year-old fighter from Barki, Poland, needed just 94 seconds to dispatch Gian Villante.Strip away the division and think about that from a different perspective for a second: a 24-year-old making his sophomore appearance in the Octagon crushed a 28-fight veteran in one minute and 34 seconds, finishing him with a nasty body shot.Folks have gotten far more excited about far less when it comes to buzzy prospects that everyone likes or charismatic Brazilians who break-dance after their victories, but when Oleksiejczyuk does it, no one seems to bat an eye and it makes zero sense to me.Now, the young light heavyweight “Lord” didn’t do himself any favors by getting popped for a banned substance following his UFC debut — a short-notice, unanimous decision win over Rountree at UFC 219 — but there are numerous other athletes who have been flagged and suspended who returned to being prospects everyone should follow once they did their penance. Oleksiejczuk should be afforded the same opportunity.Villante is no world-beater, but he’s a tough out who has been in the UFC for five years, amassing a 7-7 record prior to their matchup in February. Through those 14 Octagon appearances, no one had beaten the Long Island native that quickly or decisively — not Shogun Rua, not Ilir Latifi, not Corey Anderson, not Ovince Saint Preux.Oleksiejczuk did, and that’s not only worth noting, but also the kind of thing that should make you want to see what he does for an encore this weekend when he takes on Gadzhimurad Antigulov in Saint Petersburg.Prior to his last fight, Antigulov was one of those “let’s see what we’ve got here” guys in the light heavyweight division — a strong grappler who earned first-round finishes in his first two UFC appearances. Then he started fast and flamed out hard against Ion Cutelaba, who is another guy worth paying attention to in the light heavyweight division, and now he’s looking to rebound in the second bout of the Saturday morning fight card from Yubileyney Sports Palace.Don’t think this is just me cheerleading for a guy who helps make one of my longstanding arguments seem a little more valid, either.Yes, I’ve been riding for the light heavyweight ranks to get some more respect for a while, but there are also performance-based reasons why I think Oleksiejczuk is someone fight fans should be paying attention to this weekend and going forward.In his fights with Rountree and Villante, the Polish newcomer showed smooth striking skills and solid footwork, working his way inside to land his attacks and retreat without catching much fire in return. Though he was more of a “stick and move” fighter against Rountree, who brandishes big power, he pressed forward and attacked Villante without pause and buckled him with a beautiful body shot.Sound fundamentals and precision striking aren’t as eye-catching as wild spinning attacks and haymakers that make hay, but having those basics in place at this young age, this early into his career bodes well for Oleksiejczuk and should acquit him nicely as he continues to make his way up the divisional ladder.Antigulov is going to want to close the distance and turn this into a grappling match, which means we should get a chance to see what kind of takedown defense and scrambling skills the 24-year-old has this weekend. Prior to every event, Under the Radar will cast the spotlight on an up-and-coming talent who shows the potential for growth in their division and isn’t getting enough attention as they head into battle.Name: Michal OleksiejczukRecord: 13-2-0-1 overall; 1-0-0-1 UFCDivision: Light heavyweightTeam: GKS Gornik Leczna MMAComing out of UFC 236 last weekend, one of the main takeaways for me after seeing Khalil Rountree Jr. dominate Eryk Anders and remind everyone that he’s someone to keep tabs on in the light heavyweight division was that the constant complaining about how shallow and low-quality the 205-pound weight class is at the moment needs to stop.last_img read more

Jarvis Landry returns to field, works out with Baker Mayfield, other Browns

first_img Kareem Hunt questioned by police after bar incident, report says Off my hiatus….. 🤗A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on Jul 1, 2019 at 5:24pm PDTWith training camp getting closer, Mayfield expects Beckham to rejoin the Browns as early as this week as the team holds practice in Los Angeles ahead of the quarterback’s wedding.”It is obviously still early in the process, but we are going to kick it into a little overdrive here pretty soon and just keep building that,” Mayfield said during minicamp last month, via “We do not have to be perfect right now, but we’re building for that. Still a long way away from Game 1, but we have to be ready for that.”The Browns are scheduled to open camp July 25. Landry, who sat out all of OTAs and mandatory minicamp with an undisclosed injury, shared photos Monday of his first day back on the field on Instagram, captioning the first, “That comeback feeling.” Related News View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram Stay out my closet @bakermayfield 🧐🧐#NikeThisNikeThat #CutoffLegends @disposabrosA post shared by Jarvis Landry (@juice_landry) on Jul 1, 2019 at 4:18pm PDTFellow receiver Odell Beckham Jr. remains away from the team to work out on his own, but shared a video of himself toe-tapping through some rings with the caption “Off my hiatus.” Amari Cooper: Move from Oakland to Dallas ‘definitely necessary’ View this post on Instagram That comeback feeling 😬😬😬😬 📸📸 @disposabrosA post shared by Jarvis Landry (@juice_landry) on Jul 1, 2019 at 4:00pm PDT Baker Mayfield is no longer the lone man on the field.After being noticeably absent from offseason workouts, star wide receiver Jarvis Landry is back to running routes with his quarterback.last_img read more