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Odds & Ends: Andrea Martin Lands Tina Fey Project & More

first_imgAndrea Martin(Photo by Bruce Glikas) Star Files Andrea Martin Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Andrea Martin’s Tina Fey ProjectTwo-time Tony winner Andrea Martin, who is currently appearing in Noises Off on Broadway, has been tapped as one of two leads in an NBC comedy pilot from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Deadline reports that Tracey Wigfield will pen the untitled project, where a mom (Martin) becomes an intern at her daughter’s workplace. If door-slamming is involved, which sounds like a distinct possibility, we can vouch from what’s been going on recently at the American Airlines Theatre that Martin is an expert…James Norton & Kate Fleetwood Set for BugWe need to take a trip across the pond! James Norton (Prince Andrei in War and Peace) and Tony nominee Kate Fleetwood (Macbeth) will star in Tracy Letts’ Bug. Directed by Simon Evans, the tense and blackly comic piece is scheduled to play London’s Found 111, a new pop-up theater space, March 24 through May 7. Opening night is set for March 29.The Countess of Storyville Aims for B’wayThere’s a new musical eyeing the Great White Way! The Countess of Storyville is set to make its world premiere at the University of Alabama Theatre & Dance’s Marian Gallaway Theatre, playing a limited engagement February 16 through February 20. The show follows a wealthy and beautiful woman of color who returns from Paris to operate a legally-sanctioned brothel in Storyville, the red light district of 1910 New Orleans. Jazz and Ragtime were born in those 10 blocks of “sin.” Directed by Mark Waldrop, the production will feature music by Martin Silvestri, lyrics by Joel Higgins, a book by R.M. Cohen and choreography by Denis Jones.Get Up Close & Personal With Kate Baldwin & FriendsWe’d like to RSVP “yes” to this, please! Welcome to My Party: Kate Baldwin and Friends Sing Michael John LaChiusa will take place on February 28 at the Sheen Center’s Loreto Theatre. LaChiusa is known for his musicals such as The Wild Party, Hello Again and Queen of the Mist; Baldwin starred in his off-Broadway musical Giant in 2012. She’ll bring his music to life along with the vocal talents of Alexander Gemignani, Katie Thompson and Allison Blackwell. Directed by Erin Ortman, the concert will feature musical direction and arrangements by Mary-Mitchell Campbell. Buy tickets here!Have a happy holiday weekend! View Commentslast_img read more

Cats’ Ricky Ubeda on Why Patti LuPone Would Be the Perfect Jellicle Ball Date

first_img Age: 20Hometown: Miami, FLCurrent Role: Ubeda plays the magical Mr. Mistoffelees, whose wardrobe is just as flashy as his dance moves, in the Broadway revival of Cats.Stage & Screen Cred: Ubeda’s fancy footwork earned him the title of So You Think You Can Dance’s season 11 champion. He appeared in Freddie Falls in Love off-Broadway and has also served as a dance soloist for Sia. Ubeda made his Broadway debut in On the Town. Ricky Ubeda photographed at Trademark(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 30, 2017center_img Related Shows Catslast_img

Prince of Broadway to Land on the Great White Way

first_imgMarian Torres & Ramin Karimloo in ‘Prince of Broadway'(Photo: Ryoji Fukuoka) We told you this tuner was one to watch! The long-in-the-works musical Prince of Broadway, which ran in Japan last year, is looking to begin performances on the Main Stem in the fall of 2017, courtesy of the Manhattan Theatre Club and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, the New York Post reports. The show celebrates the career of the 21-time Tony-winning director and producer Harold Prince and will play at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.Prince of Broadway will be helmed by Prince himself with co-direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. The show pays tribute to Prince’s 60-year career and examines the circumstances and fortune, both good and bad, that led to him creating some of the most beloved theater of all time, including West Side Story, The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Company.No word yet on casting, but the Japanese production starred Ramin Karimloo, Shuler Hensley, Tony Yazbeck, Emily Skinner, Josh Grisetti, Bryonha Marie Parham, Mariand Torres, Nancy Opel, Reon Yuzuki and Kaley Ann Voorhees.The production will feature a book by David Thompson, set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by William Ivey Long, wig design by Paul Huntley, musical supervision and arrangements by Jason Robert Brown and musical direction by Fred Lassen.Prince of Broadway was originally slated to open on the Great White Way in 2012 starring Sierra Boggess, Richard Kind and Skinner.Check out Broadway.com’s exclusive interview with Prince below! Prince of Broadway Related Showscenter_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 29, 2017last_img read more

Todrick Hall Begins Performances in Kinky Boots

first_imgTodrick Hall as Lola(Photo: Jenny Anderson) After lip syncing for his life, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars judge and YouTube star Todrick Hall starts performances in Kinky Boots on November 1. He sashays in as Lola for Alan Mingo Jr., who played his last performance on October 30. Hall is scheduled to play a limited engagement at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre through March 5, 2017.Hall recently concluded the national tour of his show Straight Outta Oz. Prior to his YouTube fame, Hall appeared on Broadway in The Color Purple and Memphis. He has worked with dozens of Main Stem names, including Shoshana Bean and Jay Armstrong Johnson, in his videos. He also collaborated with Joseph Gordon-Levitt on his variety series HitRecord on TV and was a semi-finalist on season nine of American Idol.Featuring a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from a local drag queen. Together, these two become an unstoppable team, and find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible.In addition to Hall, the current cast of Kinky Boots features Aaron C. Finley as Charlie, Haven Burton as Lauren, Shannon O’Boyle as Nicola, Daniel Stewart Sherman as Don and Marcus Neville as George. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019center_img Kinky Boots View Commentslast_img read more

Will Hamilton’s Jordan Fisher Play Benny in the In the Heights Movie?

first_img from $149.00 Jordan Fisher Tomorrow there’ll be more of us, telling the story of tonight the Heights! Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda wants Grease: Live heartthrob and current Hamilton star Jordan Fisher to play Benny, the role originated by Tony nominee Christopher Jackson, in the film version of In the Heights. The certified genius recently sat down with The Huffington Post to discuss In the Heights’ tenth anniversary; the Tony-winning musical opened off-Broadway on February 8, 2007 before transferring to the Great White Way in 2008.“There’s certainly some incredible young Latino talent that were still babies when we were opening off-Broadway. But I hadn’t thought about it,” he told HuffPo. “I think Jordan Fisher would be a pretty good Benny. He’s playing Laurens for me on Broadway, and he’s a super-talented young man.”As previously reported, the Weinstein Company-produced big screen adaptation of Miranda’s musical is set to begin production in the spring. Also as reported, Fisher is scheduled to play his last Hamilton performance on March 5.As for whether or not Miranda will take his portrayal of Usnavi to the screen, the Oscar nominee said, “I don’t want to play the role if it feels like it’s not age-appropriate with the rest of the cast. But Chris Jackson and I can be in the background playing dominoes during ‘When You’re Home,’ and that would be f*ing great.”Spying Heights and Hamilton Broadway alums on the big screen sounds like our new favorite game. Here’s hoping we get to play it soon! In the meantime, check out Broadway.com’s One on One sesh with Fisher below. View Comments Hamiltoncenter_img Star Files Related Shows Jordan Fisher & Lin-Manuel Miranda(Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)last_img read more

Boosting Soybean Profits

first_imgThe quarter-inch-round soybeans grow inside the pods. The more pods on a plant, the morebeans it can produce. “This is the simplest management program to help soybean farmers become more profitablethat I’ve ever seen,” said John Woodruff, an agronomist with the University of GeorgiaExtension Service. On-farm testing began in 1994. These tests verified research results. “It costs about $5 per acre to apply the boron-Dimilin mixture,” Hudson said. With this year’s prices hovering near $7 per bushel, that’s a gain of $21 per acre or more. One chemical, Dimilin, controls the caterpillars well, he said. Georgia farmers planted 400,000 acres of soybeans this year. They treated nearly one-third ofthat with the chemical mixture. Processors crush the beans for oil. Food processors use the soybean oil in crackers, cookies,salad oils and dressings, margarine, mayonnaise, soy milk and milk products, and many otherprocessed foods. The oil is even used in cosmetics. Hudson said the program could increase soybean profits in Georgia by $4 million to $5 milliona year. “It produced such good results this year,” he said, “we’re hoping a lot more farmerswill enroll next year.” “The caterpillars eat the leaves,” said Randy Hudson, an Extension Service entomologist.”Then the plant can’t make enough energy to produce the pods and beans.” Gascho found that boron, when applied just before the pods lengthen, makes them growlonger. What happens to all those soybeans? Woodruff said the average person comes across themeight or nine times every day.center_img At the same time, other researchers and extension specialists were working to protect soybeansfrom hungry caterpillars. Woodruff said farmers are more likely to believe test results if they can hear about it fromother farmers. “It’s not that they don’t believe us,” he said. “It’s just that then they know itwill work on their farm, too.” Hudson, Woodruff and Gascho worked together to find a way to make it easy for farmers tocombine these chemicals in one application. What did farmers have to do to get the extra money? Just go through their fields one moretime, in mid-August, applying soluble boron mixed with a pesticide called Dimilin. That one-time application, Woodruff said, “can boost yields by three to, in the best cases, 10bushels per acre.” “Soybeans have more uses than many people even think about,” Woodruff said. Woodruff said the farmers testing the program have nothing but praise. “It’s not complicated,it’s not expensive and it’s not extremely time-critical,” he said. “It is very profitable for theeffort.” Georgia soybean growers put $2.6 million more into their pockets this year thanks to a newmanagement program. Livestock, including beef cattle, hogs and chickens, eat the meal that remains after thecrushing and convert it to meat. For several years, Gary Gascho, a researcher at the UGA Coastal Plain Experiment Station,worked to make soybean plants produce more and bigger pods.last_img read more

Butterfly Plants.

first_img Almost all of your plants will be blooming when butterfly numbers surge in August.Food for caterpillars Having a food source for caterpillars is vital, too. To accommodate this early butterfly stage, include an ornamental fennel, the favorite food of eastern black swallowtails. About midsummer, look for tiny, yellow eggs on the plant. Check every couple of days, and you’ll see a green caterpillar with yellow and black stripes. These black swallowtail larvae may eat your fennel to the base. But in three weeks, lots of beautiful butterflies will reward your patience. Dill, fennel, carrot and parsley do well, too. Add these to your garden freely to encourage more caterpillars.Plant height, vigor Pay attention to plants’ height and vigor. Lantana camara ‘Miss Huff’ and the butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii ‘Black Knight’) may look small the day you plant them. But each can grow into a bush 4 feet wide. Planted too close to other plants, these “towers with flowers” can crowd out and even kill them. Take note of each plant selection’s dimensions. Space them accordingly. 1996 Gold Medal selection Petunia ‘Purple Wave’ will spread fast. But it’s OK to let it run, since it will die at the first frost. Examples of potentially troublesome, but wonderfully spreading, plants include Monarda, Physostegia, Lycoris, Helianthus Viola and Lysmachia. Examples of improved, noninvasive plants include Passiflora ‘Byron’s Beauty,’ a sterile, nonrunning Maypop with dark green leaves and huge, fragrant flowers. A great forage plant for frittilaries, it’s like a butterfly garden in a container. Here are some butterfly-attracting flowers (those with asterisks may be considered annuals in more northern climates):Annuals Tithonia rotundifolia, Salvia splendens, Phlox drummondii, Zinnia elegans, Impatiens capensis, Nasturtium glauca, Petunia x hybrida, Justica brandegeana, Nicotiana alata, Plumbago aurantiaca, Pentas lanceolata, Catharanthus roseus (Vinca), Bougainvillea spectabilis and Antirrhinum majus.Vines Aristolochia (most kinds)*, Passiflora (most kinds)*, Ipomoea quamoclit*, Lonicera japonica, Campsis radicans and Phaseolus coccineus*.Perennials Salvia coccinea*, Lantana camara*, Lavandula (most kinds), Liatris spicata , Nepeta gigantea*, Rudbeckia hirta, Echinacea purpurea, Sedum (most kinds), Verbena bonariensis*, Verbena tenuisecta*, Verbena canadensis*, Veronica spicata, Gaura lindheimeri, Asclepias tuberosa, Amsonia tabernaemontana, Aster novi-belgi, Salvia (most kinds)*, Phlox paniculata, Centranthus ruber*, Kniphofia uvaria, Lobelia cardinalis, Monarda didyma, Penstemon barbatus, Boltonia asteroides, Passiflora (perennial sp.)*, Solidago (most kinds).Woody Ornamentals Abelia grandiflora, Aesculus pavia, Weigela florida, Lonicera sempervirens, Azalea (most kinds), Rhododendron (most), Buddleia davidii, Caryopteris x clandonensis and Viburnum (most kinds).Herbs, Vegetables and Fruits Anethum graveolens, Foeniculum vulgare, Daucus carota, Petroselinum crispum, Pimpinella anisum, Ruta graveolens and Citrus sinensis. For a successful butterfly garden, it’s vital to select nectar-producing plants with accessible flowers. Even in hot weather, when many flowers aren’t in bloom, butterflies still need nectar.Lantana and purple coneflower (Echinaceae purpurea) produce nectar and attract butterflies continuously, even in the hottest droughts.Butterfly gardeners need to look at annuals and perennials in a different light. It may mean a trip to the library or World Wide Web to learn more about bloom time, nectar and forage characteristics.Bloom Time Provide plants that will bloom in sequence, providing nectar from March 1 to the first killing frost. Georgia has two butterfly broods, or flushes: one in early spring and another in midsummer. It’s essential to have nectar then. Verbena ‘Homestead Purple’ will flush in early spring through early summer, then “rest” and flower again in late fall. This provides nectar for early- and late-season butterflies such as question mark, red admiral and zebra and tiger swallowtails. Plants such as blue anise sage (Salvia guaranitica) and purple coneflower will flush in cycles if you pick off the spent flowers. Verbena bonariensis will stop flowering. But you can cut it halfway back in early August to stimulate new flowers.last_img read more

Nix Ticks

first_imgIf you develop a rash or unexplained flu-like symptoms, Hinkle said, tell your doctor about any recent tick exposure. In general, she said, ticks have to be attached to their host for at least 24 hours to transmit disease. “Tick checks” are the most effective means of protecting yourself and your pets from tick-borne diseases, she said.Check your poochie, too“Check your pets daily for ticks,” she said. “Run your fingers through their coat and remove any ticks before they start feeding.” Be sure to treat pets. Dogs and cats can catch deadly diseases from ticks. Ask a veterinarian for an appropriate treatment to repel these pests.Use tweezers to remove ticks that are attached to skin. Pinch the tick close to the mouthparts to remove as much as possible. If the tick head is left behind, don’t worry. “There is nothing magic about the head,” Hinkle said. “It is like having a thorn in your skin. Your body will expel it over time.”Use tape on seed ticksUse tape to remove seed ticks, which are baby ticks about the size of a freckle that cluster together after birth.“If you get attacked by seed ticks, there will be so many of them it will be horrifying,” said Hinkle, speaking from experience. “Take a piece of tape and press it against the ticks and rip them off. Tape is a quick way to get a lot of ticks off. It removes them effectively and traps them so they can’t attack you again.”Ticks must be removed manually. There is nothing to pour on ticks to remove them and showers will not get them off. The raised red bite from a tick includes highly-allergenic salivary agents that may itch for weeks. “Your body considers this a strong allergen, and it takes a long time for the blood components to break down the feeding tube the tick created under your skin,” Hinkle said. Ticks live where hosts liveYou’ll likely find ticks in areas where their favorite hosts, such as rabbits and mice, inhabit. You can find them all year long in places with thick vegetation, with lots of underbrush, or in overgrown fields or wooded areas. Ticks are most prevalent March through September. Deer ticks survive through the winter. “There is not a month of the year where we don’t have ticks in Georgia,” Hinkle said. To keep ticks off, treat your skin and your clothes with DEET, the chemical found in most insect repellants. She also suggests treating clothing with permanone products.“Ticks don’t fly, jump, leap or climb very high so they are seldom found high above ground,” she said. “They hang on low-growing vegetation, stick out their hook-like claws and when we walk by, they latch on and climb upward.” Because ticks don’t fall from trees, they tend to climb from ankle-height. She recommends treating socks and pant legs up to the knee with Permanone products that contain permethrin. Treat yourself and your clothesHowever, hunters should treat their entire outfit since they will likely be out all day. Permethrin will penetrate clothing and last through half a dozen washings. Permethrin products also kill and repel mosquitoes and fleas. “It is a double whammy, and is very effective,” she said. For added protection, hikers, hunters and blackberry pickers might want to tuck their pant cuffs into their socks. “That keeps ticks on the treated surface and off our skin,” she said. Spending time camping, hiking or hunting can be fun and relaxing. Just make sure you don’t get hooked up with a blood-sucking travel partner, says a University of Georgia expert. “Most people are naturally repulsed by the idea of something sucking their blood,” said Nancy Hinkle, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “But, ticks do transmit diseases, too.” Diseases uncommon in the Peach StateWhile tick-borne diseases are uncommon in Georgia, a few cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever have been reported over the past few years. Lone star ticks and black-legged ticks both can carry human ehrlichiosis, a family of sometimes deadly diseases with a range of flu-like symptoms.last_img read more

D.W. Brooks Award winners

first_imgThe University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has recognized staff and faculty who have demonstrated excellence in the college’s teaching, research and Extension missions with the annual D.W. Brooks awards and lecture series. “Each year we are reminded just how outstanding the faculty in our college are when we review these award nominations,” said Dean J. Scott Angle of the College of the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “That excellence is clear across all missions of our college, exemplifying the commitment and innovative spirit D.W. Brooks brought to this college and to agriculture.”This year’s award winners were honored at a ceremony on Oct. 2 at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The annual awards are named after D.W. Brooks, who graduated from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1922. Brooks founded the agricultural firm Gold Kist, Inc. while serving as a professor of agronomy at the college. He also founded Cotton States Insurance Company. The administration of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences established the D.W. Brooks Faculty Awards for Excellence in Teaching in 1981 to recognize faculty members who made outstanding contributions to the college’s teaching mission. In 1983, administrators expanded the awards to include research, Extension and county Extension programs. An award for international agriculture was added in 1988. Traditionally, the awards ceremony is held in conjunction with the college’s signature D.W. Brooks Lecture, but this year the lecture will be held separately on Nov. 8. The 2012 World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Daniel Hillel will give the upcoming lecture. Hillel developed and championed highly efficient irrigation technologies that allowed farms to flourish across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In 2012 the World Food Prize Foundation recognized him for his contributions to sustainable irrigation practices and global food security. This year’s D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence winners are: James Epperson, D.W. Brooks Award in Teaching:Epperson, professor of agricultural economics at the college’s Athens campus, teaches and conducts research on agribusiness topics. He has been recognized six times by the Agricultural and Environmental Economics Club, and has served as the department’s graduate coordinator. Monique Leclerc, D.W. Brooks Faculty for Excellence in Global Programs: Leclerc, atmospheric scientist and University System of Georgia Regents Professor, came to UGA in 1995 to create the Laboratory for Environmental Physics. Her Griffin-campus-based laboratory conducts research into climate change and biogeoscience. With more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters to her name, she ranks as one of the most cited authors in her field. Brian Tankersley, D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service Extension: Tankersley, Tift County Extension coordinator, organizes the outreach and support services for that county’s $150 million agricultural industry. In addition to improving farmers’ crops, he has also worked to help improve the market for their crops — helping to found the farmer-owned Tift Quality Peanuts Shelling and Storage Cooperative. He has also coached five 4-H teams that have gone on to win national titles. Albert K. Culbreath, D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Research: Culbreath, a professor of plant pathology at the college’s Tifton Campus, began working at UGA in 1989 and has since established himself as a leader in the area of ecology, epidemiology and control of thrips and tomato spotted wilt virus. He is also known for his work with quantitative and ecological epidemiology and integrated management of foliar fungal diseases of peanuts. He has co-authored over 140 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has co-developed four cultivars of peanut plants. Robert Kemerait Jr., D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Extension: Kemerait, an associate professor of plant pathology at the college’s Tifton campus, joined the University of Georgia Department of Plant Pathology in 2000 as an Extension researcher and specialist. His work focuses on managing disease and nematode problems in peanuts, cotton, corn and soybeans. Highlights of his career have included the development of “Peanut Rx,” a risk index for peanut diseases and the development of set recommendations for controlling nematodes affecting cotton. He has worked in Guyana and Haiti helping to lead the Peanut Collaborative Research and Extension Program sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development. Unessee Hargett Jr., D.W. Brooks Diversity Award for Staff: Hargett, who serves as a research coordinator for the Department of Plant Pathology at the college’s Tifton campus, started work with UGA in August 1984. Since 1995, he has worked with hundreds of elementary school students in Southwest Georgia to develop school gardens to help support the national Plant a Row for the Hungry program. The program has taught students important lessons in biology and agricultural awareness, but has also allowed them to donate their crops to local food banks and homeless shelters. Leticia S. Sonon, D.W. Brooks Diversity Award for Faculty: Sonon serves as the program coordinator for the Soil, Plant and Water Laboratory at the University of Georgia Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories. After spending 23 years in various environmental laboratories, Sonon started at UGA in 2004 and has established herself as a leader in soil, plant and water testing. In addition to her supervisory role at the lab, she is involved in various projects at the local, national and international levels that encourage diversity of the workforce and the improvement of global food security. The VISTA Program, D.W. Brooks Unit Award for Diversity: The Volunteers In Service To America program, a grant-funded partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, has been a part of Georgia 4-H since July 2010. Through AmeriCorps’ VISTA program, Georgia 4-H recruits college-educated workers from a variety of backgrounds to serve with the program. So far, VISTA volunteers have raised more than $200,000 to help support 4-H programming since 2010. The five current Georgia 4-H VISTA members are: Capri Martinez and Dominique Butler in the state office; Cindy Edwards in Calhoun County; Janelle Jelks in Colquitt County; and Kassie Love in Houston County. Laura Perry Johnson, southwest district Extension director, and Jeff Buckley, state Extension 4-H specialist, serve as the program’s supervisors. Ryan Crowe, D.W. Brooks Classified Staff Award for Excellence, Skilled Trades Category: While Crowe was at the University of Florida pursuing his bachelor’s degree in animal science, he also worked in the meat department at his local Publix. He brought both his degree and his knowledge of the art of animal processing with him when he joined the University of Georgia’s Meat Science Technology Center in Athens as the meat lab manager in 2002. Since coming to the UGA, Ryan has expanded the operations of the facility to include increased research activities and projects, expanded hands-on class labs, numerous outreach and Extension programs, hosted annual state and district meat judging contests and expanded the retail sales market. Pamela Brown, D.W. Brooks Classified Staff Award for Excellence, Administrative or Professional Category: Brown, an administrative manager, joined the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences in 1994 and now assists the department head in managing 45 faculty and 60 temporary and classified staff at three locations. Her responsibilities include handling all personnel issues, information technology and computer support, departmental reporting, faculty appointments, promotion and tenure, award and review processes, as well as ensuring the department is in compliance with university policies and procedures. Donna Tucker, D.W. Brooks Classified Staff for Excellence, Technical Category: Tucker has worked in various University of Georgia laboratories since 1977. For the last 21 years, she has worked as a research assistant in Dr. Wayne Parrott’s lab in the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, a part of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences’ Athens campus. Her main focus in the lab is on soybeans. She is responsible for the initiation and maintenance of tissue culture and the transformation of soybeans with desired genes. She has helped introduce insect resistance and carotenoid production traits into soybean varieties. She is currently working with nematode resistance and other value added traits.last_img read more

Flavor of Georgia Winners

first_imgElberton farmer, cheese maker and local food advocate Tim Young took home the grand prize from the 2014 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest on March 18. The annual contest, conducted by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is a chance for food businesses to showcase their new products. Young owns Nature’s Harmony Farm, and his grand-prize-winning Georgia Gold Clothbound Cheddar Cheese is made from milk produced by the farm’s herd of Jersey dairy cows. The cheese is hand crafted and aged for six to 12 months in the farm’s cheese cave. The cheese was one of 35 Georgia products selected as finalists in the 2014 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest. The products were selected from more than 125 entries from across the state — one of the largest contest fields in the competition’s history. In addition to the grand prize, Nature’s Harmony Georgia Gold Cheddar took first place in the competition’s dairy category. Gov. Nathan Deal and Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black announced the category and grand prize winners as part of Georgia Agriculture Awareness Day at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta. “We had so many great contestants this year,” said Sharon P. Kane, Flavor of Georgia contest coordinator. “It really highlighted the high caliber of the food products created by Georgians.” Young hopes that his Flavor of Georgia win will bring attention to Georgia’s burgeoning artisan cheese industry. Georgia Gold Clothbound Cheddar Cheese is one of a handful of artisan cheeses Young makes on his farm. A marketing professional turned farmer, Young has spent the past seven years refining his farm business. He and his wife, Liz, decided to focus exclusively on cheese production shortly after the birth of their son in 2013. Nature’s Harmony cheeses are available at restaurants and artisan food shops across metro Atlanta and at the Young’s on-farm store in Elberton. For more information about the Nature’s Harmony Farm and its cheeses, see www.naturesharmonyfarm.com.In addition to the grand prize, judges awarded prizes in each food product category. A people’s choice award was given based on votes cast during a public tasting Tuesday morning. The awards are listed below by prize name, product name, company name, company representatives and town. People’s Choice Award: Raspberry-Jalapeno Jam, Leoci’s, Roberto and Lacie Leoci, Savannah. Adult Beverages: Richland Rum, Richland Distilling Company, Karin and Erik Vonk, Richland.Barbecue Sauces: Causey’s Sweet N’Smokey BBQ Sauce, Causey Foods Inc., Wynn Causey Bakke, Smyrna. (The sauce was created in Vienna where the Causeys still operate a restaurant.)Beverages: Organic Blueberry Juice, Byne Blueberry Farms, Richard Byne, Waynesboro.Confections: Peachy Keen Pecan Praline, Loose Sugar, Lindsey Beckworth and her father Mike Beckworth, Harrison.Dairy Products: Georgia Gold Clothbound Cheddar Cheese, Nature’s Harmony, Tim Young, Elberton.Jams and Jellies: Cinnamon Honey Spread, Weeks Honey Farm, Sonja Crosby and Michele Rosario, Omega.Marinades and Sauces: GA Mustard Marinade, Q Sauce, LLC, Jennifer and Chris Adams, Dacula.Meat and Seafood: Pork Vidalia Onion Sausage, Ogeechee Meat Market, Matthew and Andrew McClune, Savannah.Miscellaneous: Southern Sriracha Boiled Peanut Rub, Hardy Farms Peanuts, Robert Fisher and Brad Hardy, Hawkinsville.Salsas, Chutneys and Condiments: Sweet Onion Confit, Preserving Place, Martha McMillin and Virginia Willis, Atlanta.Snack Foods: Georgia Blues Blueberry & Peach Bar, M Chocolat, Maritza Pichon and Marlena Snyder, Alpharetta. Food industry experts—including chefs, grocery buyers, food service personnel and agricultural marketing executives—rated Nature’s Harmony cheddar and the other products based on qualities like innovation, use of Georgia theme, market potential and flavor, said James Daniels, a UGA food business development specialist. Showcase events like the 2014 Flavor of Georgia competition help entrepreneurs spread the word about their products. Many have landed spots in regional and national grocery chains like Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Earth Fare, Kroger and Harvey’s. The contest is sponsored by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in partnership with the Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, Office of Governor Nathan Deal, Walton EMC, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Agribusiness Council and the UGA department of food science and technology. For more information about these products, see www.flavorofgeorgia.caes.uga.edu. For more photos of this year’s Flavor of Georgia contest visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/ugacommunications/sets.last_img read more