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


Man City to discipline Walker after hosting ‘sex party’ during lockdown

first_img Walker is the second high-profile Premier League player to have been caught flouting the government’s guidelines after Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish. The Villa captain went to a party last weekend and was pictured next to a road in slippers, just hours after he posted a video urging fans to stay safe at home on social media. Grealish apologised and was fined and disciplined by Villa. Football is on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak and City will now look into Walker’s conduct. A club statement said: “Our staff and players have been working to support the incredible efforts of the NHS (National Health Service) and other key workers in fighting the effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus in any way we can. Kyle’s actions in this matter have directly contravened these efforts. read also:Do As I Say: City’s Walker wants public indoors but hosts sex party “We are disappointed to hear the allegations, note Kyle’s swift statement and apology, and will be conducting an internal disciplinary procedure in the coming days.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The England defender, 29 has apologised after the Sun newspaper reported that he invited two call girls to his flat on Tuesday. On Wednesday Walker posted on social media, urging the public to follow government guidelines on social distancing. Britain reported 621 more deaths from COVID-19 as of 1600 GMT on Saturday, taking the total toll to 4,934. “I want to apologise to my family, friends, football club, supporters and the public for letting them down,” Walker said in a statement. “There are heroes out there making a vital difference to society at the moment and I have been keen to help support and highlight their amazing sacrifices and life-saving work over the past week.”Advertisement Loading… Kyle Walker is facing disciplinary action from Manchester City after reportedly breaking coronavirus lockdown conditions by hosting a “sex party” even though he has advised people to stay at home. Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The World7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesIt’s Time To Show How Bad Some Women Can Really BeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more


LYIT TO HOST ‘REFLECT AND REJUVENATE’ SYMPOSIUM NEXT MONTH

first_imgFEATURES: Calling all Nursing, Healthcare and Education professionals: now is the time to ‘Reflect and Rejuvenate’ by booking your place at the Department of Nursing and Health Studies, LYIT, reflective gathering for healthcare professionals. The symposium event takes place on Saturday 7 May and the event hopes to stimulate interest in the area of mindfulness, reflective education and research in practice.This ‘Reflect and Rejuvenate’ Symposium, is organised by LYIT, in association with the HSE, Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, and Early Childcare Education providers and is an event not to be missed. Dr. Louise McBride, Head of Department of Nursing and Health Studies at LYIT, will provide the opening address and will welcome the fantastic array of guest speakers. Louise commented, “The Department of Nursing and Health Studies at LYIT is excited to host this prestigious event.“We have had great support from our partners, namely the HSE, Early Childcare Education providers and Tusla, and we have some amazing guest speakers lined up for this event.“The event begins with an address from two keynote speakers: Dr. Fergus Heffernan and Professor Christopher Johns, both leading gurus in their respective fields. Following their address, Professor Paul Horan, from Trinity College Dublin, will give a reflection on nurses during the 1916 Rising. Ms Judith Foley, acting Chief Education Officer, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) and Mr. Michael Gallagher, Donegal Tusla, will outline future changes and challenges in their respective professions.The afternoon will include 3 themed plenary workshops running concurrently: Research & evidence based practice, Experiential learning, and Teaching and facilitation. Each workshop theme will stimulate the interests of our target audience.” Louise further added, ‘Professor Christopher Johns and Dr. Fergus Heffernan are two leading guest speakers in the area of Reflective Practice and Health and Well-being respectively. They are sure to provide insightful, engaging dialogue and will get the event off to a great start’.This event will also be of great interest to students studying in the area of Nursing, Health & Social Care and Early Childcare Education. It is open to all Nursing, Healthcare and Education professionals.  Places are limited at this event, so it is advised that you book now, to avoid disappointment. The event cost is €30, payable on the day and to secure your place at this event contact [email protected] or, for further queries call: 074 9186307.This event is NMBI category 1 approved (6 CEUs): Certification will be provided for attendees.LYIT TO HOST ‘REFLECT AND REJUVENATE’ SYMPOSIUM NEXT MONTH was last modified: April 22nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FeatureshealthLYITnewsNURSESseminarSymposiumlast_img read more