The UGA Vegetable Team works collaboratively to take a sustainable approach in tackling important issues facing Georgia's vegetable producers.

Members of the team reach growers through Georgia Extension agents, as well as partnering with such groups as the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Georgia Watermelon Growers Association and Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Association.




UGA plant pathologist Bhabesh Dutta examines onion seedlings in research facilities on the UGA Tifton campus. CAES News
New “onion devourer” bacteria found by UGA researchers
University of Georgia researchers have identified a new species of bacteria, which they have named Pseudomonas alliivorans — from “allium vorans,” which translates as onion devourer or eater.
Senior 4-H’er Maggie Payne poses with her first-place winning 650-pound pumpkin at the Union County Extension Office. CAES News
Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest celebrates 650-pound winner
More than 30 4-H’ers from across Georgia competed in the 2021 Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest, with the winning pumpkin weighing in at 650 pounds. The Pumpkin Growing Contest offers students the opportunity to learn and utilize knowledge of agricultural and environmental sciences to produce prize-winning fruit.
In the spring, crape myrtles add color with flowers. In the fall, they add color with brightly colored leaves. CAES News
Avoid 'crape murder,' prep your crape myrtles for success
Southern gardeners love crape myrtles, but many don’t know how to care for them to realize the full, gorgeous blooms they expect in the summer.
Don't toss your decorative pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns in the trash this year, use these tips for sustainable disposal. CAES News
Pumpkin carving gone green
Every year after the autumn holidays, more than 1 billion pounds of pumpkins are thrown away. National Pumpkin Day, Oct. 26, kicks off a week of multiplying cucurbit decor, so celebrate this year by learning how to dispose of your pumpkins in a more sustainable way.

Vegetable Team Calendar

From January 19-March 2, there will be four presentations from agriculture and sustainability entrepreneurs about their experiences.  This speaker series will be global in scope, touch all facets of the business cycle, and will feature speakers in the top of their fields.  January 19 - 5:00 p.m. - Leonardo Menegatti will talk about how he built his ag-tech company, InCeres, into an industry leader in Brazil. February 2 - 6:00 p.m. - Pete Oberle will talk about how his regenerative agriculture venture capital fund, Trailhead Capital, invests in new technologies.   February 16 - 6:00 p.m. - Joe Heilman will talk about how he went from early employee to general manager of Intelligent Ag Solutions, growing it into a company that was bought by AGCO in 2021.   March 2 - 6:00 p.m.- Julie Levenson, banker, lawyer, and consultant, will talk about her role in helping startups find their best exits.  All students are invited to attend these virtual seminars. Each presentation will be on Zoom.
Feb 02
6:00PM - 7:00PM Start, Sustain, Succeed: A Speaker Series for the Young Entrepreneur https://zoom.us/j/3932799772
From January 19-March 2, there will be four presentations from agriculture and sustainability entrepreneurs about their experiences.  This speaker series will be global in scope, touch all facets of the business cycle, and will feature speakers in the top of their fields.  January 19 - 5:00 p.m. - Leonardo Menegatti will talk about how he built his ag-tech company, InCeres, into an industry leader in Brazil. February 2 - 6:00 p.m. - Pete Oberle will talk about how his regenerative agriculture venture capital fund, Trailhead Capital, invests in new technologies.   February 16 - 6:00 p.m. - Joe Heilman will talk about how he went from early employee to general manager of Intelligent Ag Solutions, growing it into a company that was bought by AGCO in 2021.   March 2 - 6:00 p.m.- Julie Levenson, banker, lawyer, and consultant, will talk about her role in helping startups find their best exits.  All students are invited to attend these virtual seminars. Each presentation will be on Zoom.
Feb 16
6:00PM - 7:00PM Start, Sustain, Succeed: A Speaker Series for the Young Entrepreneur https://zoom.us/j/3932799772
From January 19-March 2, there will be four presentations from agriculture and sustainability entrepreneurs about their experiences.  This speaker series will be global in scope, touch all facets of the business cycle, and will feature speakers in the top of their fields.  January 19 - 5:00 p.m. - Leonardo Menegatti will talk about how he built his ag-tech company, InCeres, into an industry leader in Brazil. February 2 - 6:00 p.m. - Pete Oberle will talk about how his regenerative agriculture venture capital fund, Trailhead Capital, invests in new technologies.   February 16 - 6:00 p.m. - Joe Heilman will talk about how he went from early employee to general manager of Intelligent Ag Solutions, growing it into a company that was bought by AGCO in 2021.   March 2 - 6:00 p.m.- Julie Levenson, banker, lawyer, and consultant, will talk about her role in helping startups find their best exits.  All students are invited to attend these virtual seminars. Each presentation will be on Zoom.
Mar 02
6:00PM - 7:00PM Start, Sustain, Succeed: A Speaker Series for the Young Entrepreneur https://zoom.us/j/3932799772
FABricate is an entrepreneurial pitch contest hosted by CAES where students develop their idea for a new food product, new agricultural technology, new food or agricultural-related business or new environmental or sustainable business. This contest is open to all UGA students and they can compete as individuals or as teams of up to five. FABricate participants have the opportunity to win grand prize of $10,000. Students have the opportunity to receive mentoring and resources developing ideas in the competition's following categories: New Food Product: any new, original food product. Products should have a high potential for being marketed and sold on a commercial basis. For this category, the actual item does not have to be developed, but teams are encouraged to develop a prototype or proof of concept, if possible, depending on the nature of the project.  Agricultural Technology: any type of new product or service that would be used in a business related to agriculture. For this category, the actual item does not have to be developed but teams are encouraged to develop a prototype or proof of concept, if possible, depending on the nature of the project. Proposed products or services should have the potential for being manufactured and sold on a commercial basis. Agricultural or Food-related Business: ideas for new businesses that involve food or agriculture. The proposal should include ideas for businesses that do not currently exist, that are creative and enterprising. Business in this category will likely be experience or service related. Environmental or Sustainable Business: ideas for new businesses that involve the environment or an enterprise that capitalizes on having minimal negative impacts on the global or local environment. Businesses in this category offer progressive environmental and/or human rights ideas in the form of a service or product. Visit the FABricate webpage to learn more about the contest and deadlines/dates of events leading up to the final pitch!
Mar 28
All Day FABricate Contest - Final Pitch
Learn more about irrigation, precision planting, sustainability, economics and field demos. Free to attend and lunch is provided.
Mar 29
8:00AM - 5:00PM Utilizing Precision Ag Technology Workshop Joe Kennedy Conference Center of Ogeechee Technical College, Statesboro, GA
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