CAES alumnus joins UGA-Griffin faculty to expand food production through controlled environment agriculture

For plant breeder Andrew Ogden, things are looking up. Way up.

A new assistant professor in the University of Georgia Department of Horticulture at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Ogden focuses on breeding members of the cucurbit family — namely melons and squash — in a vertical greenhouse environment. An asset to the UGA Griffin campus, Ogden joins the college’s controlled environment agriculture research team, which was formed to support the ever-expanding green industry.

Ogden, who earned his master’s degree in horticulture from CAES in 2009, first discovered his love of agriculture while an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he worked as an apprentice on a small organic vegetable farm….