Dean Scott Angle: Agriculture is the largest industry in the State of Georgia. It generates about $80 billion of economic value; that’s almost 10% of the total economy of the state. It also produces nearly 400,000 jobs for the state. It’s also the fastest growing industry in Georgia. And that’s why UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is so important to our future. That’s because over the past several decades, it’s become clear that business follows innovation. And that’s especially true with agribusiness. The innovative work we’re doing here is paving the way for the future. And at the forefront are world-renowned UGA faculty members, leading our research and teaching our students – very impressive students, I might add. This year’s freshman class set new records in terms of academic standards for both GPA and SAT scores. So they’re truly poised to become a stellar workforce of leaders and innovators for Georgia, ready to tackle the complex challenges of the future. To that end, these scientists and students are performing cutting edge work across a wide array of agricultural disciplines, from plant breeding to animal cloning, food safety and packaging to environmental impact technologies that help conserve and protect our soil and water. And our UGA extension agents are a key part of the process, literally taking this innovative work from our labs to the farmers in the fields. You can see this for example in the work we’re doing with variable rate irrigation in Georgia’s Lower Flynt River Basin, where we’ve increased agricultural water efficiency by up to 20%. This is a huge benefit not only in terms of conserving water, but we’re simultaneously increasing crop yields. And of course this is related to the growing field of Precision Farming, where we’re developing technology such as drones to help detect crop stand issues earlier in the planting season than ever before. Additionally, we’re working with the Trans-Atlantic Precision Agriculture Consortium, an organization that not only invites student exchange with other agricultural colleges across the Southeast, but also with universities throughout Europe, so that we can take advantage of technology being developed around the world and bring it back to the people of Georgia. That’s why it’s so important to me, personally, to get out across the state, to talk to our agricultural leaders, our farmers, our students; ensuring that the technology and solutions we’re developing will meet our ever-increasing agricultural demands.
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Dean Scott Angle: And I’m proud to say that we’re able to do that, thanks in large part to our legislators, our amazing alumni who continue to do so much for the college, Georgia’s business community and everyone who supports UGA’s College of Agriculture. I don’t hesitate for a second to say that the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is one of the very best in the country but the amazing thing is it’s only getting better.
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The video moves from a split screen of a small 4-propellered drone with cameras and a microscope to a 3-way split screen of the Ag Hill monument, a professor and 2 students at a microscope and 2 researchers looking into a microscope.
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The video continues from a split screen of land and water with the words “Conserve and protect our soil and water” over it to a 3-way split screen of people walking, sitting and talking to the UGA Extension logo.
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The video moves from a 3-way split screen of a small 4-propellered drone with cameras flying to a Trans-Atlantic Precision Agriculture Consortium logo with streaming agriculture photos below it.
The video changes from a 3-way split screen of a man in a field, 2 men in a lab, and female students in a class to a female examining a leaf to hands examining evergreen needles and a female working in a lab to students in an outdoor class.
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