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Establishment of more invasive species a concern for UGA experts

Over the next 10 years, the number of cargo containers operating out of the Port of Savannah, Georgia, is expected to double. While additional cargo means increased revenue for the state, Chuck Bargeron, associate director of the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, is concerned it could also lead to the establishment of more invasive species.

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NREL at 40: It All Started With a Desire to Harness the Sun

This 1978 photos shows President Jimmy Carter paying a visit to the Solar Energy Research Institute (the organization that would later become NREL).

May 3, 1978, fell on a Wednesday, but it was Sun Day as well. President Jimmy Carter, who had designated the date to highlight the potential of solar energy, spent part of the afternoon visiting an office park in Golden, Colorado. It was there, 10 months earlier, that the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) opened.

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John Noel Out Raises Longtime PSC Incumbent

John Noel, the former Georgia State Representative, successful small business owner and challenger candidate in the Georgia Public Service Commission District 3John Noel, the former Georgia State Representative, successful small business owner and challenger candidate in the Georgia Public Service Commission District 3 statewide race against longtime incumbent Chuck Eaton, outraised Eaton by nearly $100,000 in just the first month of the race. In a race that has received significant coverage because of the Plant Vogtle financial and construction failures over the last few years, John Noel seemingly just reset the political landscape on the most important dark horse race in Georgia in 2018. At the close of 1st Quarter reporting, Noel reported raising $90,954.00 and yesterday Eaton reported raising $0. To put that is some perspective, the amount raised by the incumbent for the entire prior 2012 election was $306,581. Noel has, in a single month, essentially raised one-third of what Eaton did for his entire last election.

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Farmers Deliver Appropriations Requests to Capitol Hill

At the end of June, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) hosted its second “farmer fly-in” of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 season. Growers and advocates from Oregon, Mississippi, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia took time out of their busy schedules to bring important food and farm issues to legislators’ attention as the FY 2018 appropriations cycle heats up.

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Congressman Bishop's Prepared Statement for House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Listening Session

On Saturday, June 24, 2017, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) participated in the House Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill Listening Session held on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida. This listening session provided a forum for agriculture stakeholders to share their experiences in the field with Members of Congress in advance of congressional consideration of a new Farm Bill.

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Georgia’s Chatham County Commission Unanimously Passes Resolution Protecting Forests

#Stand4Forests Campaign Launches in Georgia as County Commissioners Show True Leadership and Call on Other State and Local Leaders to Do the Same

The Chatham County Commission has unanimously passed what is thought to be a first-in-the-nation resolution to promote local climate protection and protect standing forests. The resolution bans the use of taxpayer funds to subsidize the industrial wood pellet industry. It passed with bipartisan support with Commissioners stepping up to provide leadership on both protecting taxpayers from wasteful subsidies and addressing climate change.

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