The University of Georgia faculty and staff at the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center in Watkinsville will host the center’s annual corn boil and open house on June 28 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.Every year the center grows acres of sweet corn as part of a sustainable farming research project. During harvest, the center invites the public to partake in the fruits of their effort and learn about the work that is being done at the center.Guided farm tours, which are free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon. Attendees will learn about solar pumps for livestock water troughs, rainfall simulation and erosion, satellite guided tractors, living mulch systems and cover crops.Lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m. and include corn, hot dogs and accompaniments. Attendees should park at 1420 Experiment Station Road for lunch and for tour shuttles.After the U.S. Department of Agriculture closed the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Natural Resource Conservation Center in August 2012, UGA took over management of the facility.It has since become a hub for researchers across disciplines to study ways to make farming more sustainable.The center’s fields, pastures and labs allow UGA faculty to continue research into sustainable agriculture and natural resources conservation. It currently houses about 30 ongoing UGA research projects on sustainable farming systems, nutrient cycling, water quality, organic production, livestock grazing systems, forage breeding and variety trials.The Campbell Center also serves as a center for hands-on education through the office for UGA Cooperative Extension in Oconee County.For more information about the J. Phil Campbell Research and Education Center visit www.caes.uga.edu/center/campbell.html.
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Advisory Commission on African American Affairs Sworn In by Governor Tom Wolf February 24, 2016 African American Affairs, Government That Works Harrisburg, PA — At a closed ceremony at the Governor’s Residence yesterday evening, the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs (GACAAA) was sworn in by Governor Tom Wolf and Deputy Secretary of State Peter Speaks.“I am thrilled to stand with this outstanding group of leaders in our state’s African American community,” said Governor Wolf. “This commission will benefit the commonwealth by defining and addressing the unique contributions, needs, and concerns of the African American community. Their work will improve the lives of all Pennsylvanians.”To view photos of the event, click here.The GACAAA was re-established under the Wolf Administration as the commonwealth’s advocate agency for its African American citizens in August 2015. The commission serves seven main functions:Advising the governor on policies, procedures, legislation, and regulations that affect the African American community;Developing, reviewing, and recommending to the governor policies in the areas of health and human services, housing, education, employment, business formation, and other relevant areas which affect the African American community;Providing appropriate assistance and advice to state agencies to strengthen the enforcement of the commonwealth’s anti-discriminatory hiring, retention, and promotion policies;Serving as a liaison to federal, state, and local agencies to ensure that programs impacting African Americans are effectively utilized;Serving as a resource for community groups and provide forums for developing strategies and programs that will expand and enhance the civic, social, educational, cultural, and economic status of the African American community;Identifying programs, scholarships, mentoring programs, sources of funding, or other resources and compliance requirements for the benefit and advancement of African Americans; andPromoting the cultural arts of the African American community throughout the commonwealth.The commission will be chaired by Ahmeenah Young. Other members include, by region:SouthwestLa’Tasha D. Mayes, Founder and Director, New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive JusticeCandi Castleberry Singleton, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, UMPCRev. Dr. William Curtis, Senior Pastor, Mt. Ararat Baptist ChurchFred Redmond, International Vice President, United Steel WorkersMarisa C. Bartley Williams, Executive Director, YMCA of Greater PittsburghCentralRev. Dr. Aaron Willford Jr., Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist ChurchSoutheastChad Dion Lassister, Executive Director, Red Cross House and Recovery, American Red Cross of SEPAAhmeenah Young, Former CEO, Pennsylvania Convention Center AuthorityBlane Stoddart, President and CEO, BFW Group LLCDr. Damone B. Jones, Sr., Pastor, Bibleway Baptist ChurchDesiree Peterkin-Bell,Consultant, DNCCAdrienne McKinney, Executive Director, TUNY Haven International Early Learning CenterDanielle P. Jeter, CEO & Founder, Affairs of IsisAnton Moore, Founder, Unity in the CommunityCorey Tucker, Academic Coordinator, Community College of PhiladelphiaCarl Bailey, Retired President and CEO, CWB Consulting ServiceJasmine Sessoms, Deputy Executive Director, Mayor’s FundBilal Qayyum, Father’s Day Rally CommitteeNorthwestAngela McNair, Director, Erie School BoardDavid Dix, Managing Director, Lumnious StrategiesThe commonwealth is committed to providing equality and opportunity for all Pennsylvanians and increasing access for African Americans to civic, economic, and educational opportunities in Pennsylvania.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf