Public Service and Outreach Awards

first_imgAthens, Ga. — Ronnie Barentine, extension coordinator for Dooly County, has spent the last three decades developing ways to make Georgia’s largest industry more efficient and profitable. He’s also made it more sustainable. Barentine will receive the Walter Barnard Hill Distinguished Public Service Fellow Award at the University of Georgia’s 2013 Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon. The award is named for the chancellor who led UGA from 1899 until his death in 1905. It is UGA’s highest honor for public service faculty. Barentine served as extension coordinator in Pulaski County before moving to Dooly County in January. He has helped farmers in south Georgia implement cover crop rotations and other traditional organic farming techniques to help raise peanut and cotton yields in the face of repeated seasons of drought and rising fertilizer costs. “This is big commercial agriculture,” Barentine said. “We’re taking what they’ve been doing in home gardens and landscaping for a longtime and just applying it on a larger scale.” Barentine worked with Hawkinsville farmer Barry Martin for 17 years to develop a cover crop planting systems using rye and clover, which preserves soil moisture, helps control pesticide-resistant pig weed and reduces farmers’ fertilizer needs. Through trial, error and constant tweaking, Barentine and Martin worked together to make cutting-edge research work in the field. The research won Martin acclaim as one of the most sustainable peanut farmers in the nation and helped to convince other farmers of the benefits of low-till farming and cover crop use. Barentine was recognized for his work in 2011 with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences D.W. Brooks Award. He is currently studying the uses of clover as a cover crop in row crop farming. He’s hopeful the variety of clover he is studying will save farmers about $50 an acre. Barentine was elected southern vice chair of the National County Agents Association’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Committee. In 2009, he won the Walter Barnard Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in University Public Service and Outreach. In addition to Barentine’s award, three other UGA Cooperative Extension employees will be honored at the luncheon. John Worley, Extension engineer and associate professor in the UGA Department of Poultry Science John Worley, an associate professor and extension engineer in the CAES poultry science department, and Lori Purcell Bledsoe, 4-H program development coordinator in the Northwest Cooperative Extension District, will take home Walter Barnard Hill Awards for Distinguished Achievement in University Public Service and Outreach. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the improvement of the quality of life in Georgia or elsewhere. Worley has developed numerous programs to address the needs of Georgians and the agricultural community in areas such as animal waste management, energy conservation and more. For the past several year’s he has specialized in making broiler production more efficient by helping farmers weatherize their poultry houses and use energy more efficiently. In 2012, he received a $100,000 USDA grant to continue a program that allows UGA to provide discounted energy audits to poultry farmers. The audits were necessary for the farmers to receive government assistance to update their chicken houses. At that time he and his team had provided audits for almost 200 farms with over 1,000 poultry houses. “There’s just tremendous potential there, so we’ve tried to fill that need (for energy efficiency,” Worley said. “There are about 12,000 broiler houses in Georgia.” Lori Purcell Bledsoe, 4-H program development coordinator for the Northwest Extension District Lori Purcell Bledsoe is responsible for directing 4-H programming efforts in 39 counties. She has served in this position for 10 years. Bledsoe is a lifelong 4-H’er, joining her local 4-H club as a child before becoming a camp counselor, a county 4-H agent and eventually a district program development coordinator. She has recently completed her term as president of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, where she represented 3,600 4-H professionals. “Not only has she impacted the lives of thousands of children through her work in Northwest District 4-H, she has also implemented new programs and provided a important connection between the state 4-H staff and other program development coordinators in all of the districts,” said Greg Price, Northwest District Extension director. She is the first Georgia 4-H staff member to receive a Hill award. Linda Rhodes, administrative specialist with UGA Extension’s Southeast District Linda Rhodes, an administrative specialist in the UGA Extension’s Southeast District, will receive the Public Service and Outreach Staff Award for Excellence. This award honors outstanding effort and workplace creativity and innovation, and celebrates the achievements of public service and outreach staff. Rhodes is the second member of the state Extension administrative staff to win this award. In addition to her duties as an assistant to the district director, Rhodes coordinates the USG Tuition Assistance Program for Southeast District Extension employees pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She received her master’s degree using the Tuition Assistance Program afforded full-time benefits eligible employees, and now uses that first hand knowledge to help others in her district. “Linda serves a vital role in keeping Southeast District moving smoothly,”said Joann L. Milam, Southeast Extension District director. She makes my job easier. Linda is often the ground breaker for new ideas that are used in the other district offices in the state. The Extension agents in our district know that she is the go to person for the Tuition Assistance Program as well as the ins and outs of dossier preparation. We are very proud that her work and skills have been recognized.”last_img read more

Xavi ‘rejects’ chance to take over Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona hero Xavi has reportedly turned down the opportunity to take charge of the Catalan club immediately – but he could yet do so at the end of the season. Xaviled Al-Sadd to a victory and a narrow defeat at the Club World Cup in Doha in December The 39-year-old, who made 767 appearances in 17 seasons at Barca, is currently in charge of Qatari side Al Sadd- his first job in management. Recent reports suggested he had met Barcelona’s general director Oscar Grau and his former teammate and now technical secretary Eric Abidal, and it was rumoured he would be taking over imminently. According to Goal , however, Xavi has refused to do so until the end of the season due to his respect for Valverde. He could not deny his attraction towards the job when asked by reporters recently, saying: “I cannot hide it, that is my dream. It is my dream to coach Barcelona , I have said it many times in many interviews.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Can You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Loading… center_img “Everybody knows that I support Barcelona from the bottom of my heart, so yes, it’s one of my dreams but I’m focussed on Al Sadd.” Despite winning two La Liga titles, a Copa del Rey and a Supercopa since taking over at Barcelona in 2017, Valverde has come under increasing pressure recently, and following their 3-2 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Supercopa final on Thursday he looked set for the sack. It looks as though he will live to fight another day, though, and will almost certainly be in charge for Barcelona’s game against Granada next Sunday. Read Also:Xavi prefers summer return, Barca want immediate switch – reports If Xavi does eventually take over he will be the latest in a long list of former Barcelona player to move from a playing role to the hotseat. Former legends such as Luis Enrique, Pep Guardiola, Frank Rijkaard and Johan Cruyff all had spells as manager at one point, and Xavi would no doubt be a hugely popular choice with supporters of the club. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Matt LaFleur injury update: Packers coach wheels around OTAs

first_img“I think as long as I handle my business and follow the doctors’ orders, I don’t foresee it being an issue come Week 1. As far as limitations during the preseason, there might be some, you might see me in a boot on the sideline. But like I said, I’m going to take it one day at a time right now.”In the weeks since workouts began, LaFleur had stayed active and been seen running around the field with his players, something he said he missed Tuesday. Four-time All-Pro NaVorro Bowman retires as a 49er, one-day contract or not Andrew Luck injury update: Colts QB (calf) to be re-evaluated before minicamp They see me rollin’, they hatin’Head Coach Matt LaFleur is whippin’ around in a golf cart for today’s OTAs 🤟🏽 #ManOnAMission pic.twitter.com/dynfpIv5dl— IKE Packers (@IKE_Packers) June 4, 2019LaFleur suffered a torn Achilles playing basketball last Wednesday and underwent surgery Sunday to repair the ruptured tendon.”I know I’m supposed to be off it for the next four weeks or so,” LaFleur told reporters. “Hopefully I’ll be back at least in a walking boot by training camp. … I know a few years back, I remember when Sean Payton broke his leg on the sideline. I don’t anticipate coaching from the press box or anything like that. Related News “Today was not what I’d like to be doing,” LaFleur said. “I’d like to be hands-on in the drills, but again, I’ve just got to adjust to it, make the best of it and make sure that our communication is spot on in terms of the expectations of what we want to get done each and every day. From a competition standpoint, in terms of not being able to go down there and play basketball a little bit, that’s brutal. I don’t know how I’m going to stay in shape.”LaFleur, 39, joined the Packers in January after serving as offensive coordinator for the Titans in 2018. He was hired after Green Bay parted ways with longtime coach Mike McCarthy in December following a 4-7-1 start to last season.The Packers finished 6-9-1 for third in the NFC North, marking the first time Green Bay had missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 2005 and 2006. Injury be damned, Matt LaFleur isn’t letting anything slow down his first season at the helm in Green Bay.The new Packers coach was seen wheeling around OTAs on Tuesday, alternating back and forth between a golf cart and a scooter as he coached his players and spoke to reporters. Packers coach Matt LaFleur throws out first pitch at charity game in walking bootlast_img read more