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Farming in the Highway Shoulder: New Pilot Project on The Ray Presents Opportunity for Erosion Mitigation, Economic Opportunity and Carbon Reduction

The Ray - Now demonstrating farming in the right awayOn The Ray’s 18-mile stretch of roadway, maximizing all assets is a key strategy to creating a cleaner, safer highway. One of our largest assets is the land around the interstate, called the right-of-way. This space, designed to be a refuge of safe harbor for drivers in distress, can multi-task and fully utilize the land without threatening its primary purpose to drivers. This month, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Kansas-based Land Institute, and The Ray implemented our newest pilot demonstration on the right-of-way: perennial wheat farming. For the next three years, the pilot project, which uses KernzaⓇ perennial grain, will be monitored by UGA’s Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Program Director and Associate Professor, Brad Davis, as well as a Master of Landscape Architecture student Matthew Quirey.


The Common Market Georgia Names New Director

Atlanta native Lily Rolader has been with the local nonprofit food distributor since its 2015 inception

The board of The Common Market Georgia (CMGA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lily Rolader as the organization's new director.

Rolader began working at the local nonprofit food distributor while it was still in the planning stages in 2015 as a college intern and by July 2016 had worked her way up to become operations manager for an organization that provides local farm food to 80 wholesale customers, including Emory University, Georgia Tech and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.


Georgia PSC Chairman Should Do Us All a Favor and Resign Immediately

Recent news reports reveal that Georgia Public Service Commission Chairman Stan Wise plans to give Georgia Power the green light to complete Plant Vogtle, then resign to take a job in the utility industry. Democratic PSC Candidate John Noel is calling on Wise to resign, given the obvious conflict of interest in Wise’s impending move.


75 Georgia School Districts Win Golden Radish Awards for Farm to School Accomplishments

Haralson County first grade classes visited Caldwell Farms in Rockmart, Ga.

Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Education and Public Health, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and Georgia Organics came together at the historic Georgia Railroad Freight Depot to celebrate over 40 percent of Georgia school districts with outstanding farm to school programs. Seventy-five school districts, serving more than one million students in Georgia, are now participating in farm to school.  These districts served more than 97 million school meals with local food items during the 2016-17 school year.


Required Groundwater Report Running Behind Schedule

During the 2015 Georgia Legislative Session the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 1198, which required the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to issue a report detailing its review of current underground drinking water regulations by June 30, 2017. The report has yet to be issued by EPD, but new groundwater contamination has been identified since 2015 as a result of leaking coal ash ponds at coal fired power plants round the state.


50 of Georgia’s Brightest Join Young Gamechangers to Tackle Project in Milledgeville

In August, 50 young professionals from across the state will head to Milledgeville to start a new project as part of the Young Gamechangers program. These young innovators, between the ages of 24-40 years old, have diverse backgrounds and careers spanning law, healthcare, non-profit, technology, marketing & communications, education, religion and economic development. They will work for five months to come up with big ideas and solutions to help the Milledgeville-Baldwin County community solve some of its most persistent challenges.  


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