The Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) has awarded $94,000 in research grants to seven Georgia scientists and their research teams who are addressing production issues impacting Georgia farmers.GFB President Gerald Long announced the recipients of the organization’s Harvest 20 Research Grants on Aug. 8 during the 2019 GFB Commodity Conference held at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center.“Supporting agricultural research that addresses production problems Georgia farmers are facing on their farms is one of the many ways Georgia Farm Bureau is supporting Georgia agriculture and our farmers,” Long said.A review committee selected the following research projects from 32 proposals to receive GFB grants:Can Common Nutritional Strategies Have a Negative Impact on Beef Production?, principal investigator UGA animal scientist Lawton StewartThe Etiology & Epidemiology of Cotton Blue Disease in Georgia, principal investigator UGA plant pathologist Sudeep BagSurveying and Monitoring Wood-Boring Ambrosia Beetles in Tree Nurseries, Tree Fruit and Pecan Orchards, principal investigator UGA entomologist Angelita AcebesAssessing Potential Impacts of a New Strain of the bacterieum Xylella Fastidiosa on Blueberry Bushes, principal investigator UGA plant pathologist Jonathan OliverAntimicrobial Waxes for Produce Application, principal investigator UGA food scientist Govindaraj Dev KumarEvaluating Snap Bean Cultivars and Germplasms for Resistance/Tolerance Against Cucurbit Leaf Crumple Virus, principal investigator UGA plant pathologist Bhabesh DuttaEvaluation of the Effect of Foliar Fertilizer in the Early Soybean Production System, principal investigator UGA agronomist Mark FreemanThe grant recipients, all of whom have faculty appointments in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, have been invited to present their research results in a poster session at the 2019 GFB Annual Convention in December.“I’m looking forward to seeing the research findings presented at our annual convention in December,” Long said.This is the second year GFB has awarded grants to Georgia researchers who are tackling production issues. Last year, GFB awarded nearly $42,000 in research grants to five Georgia scientists and their research teams working to help beef, poultry, vegetable and row crop producers.Story contributed by Clay Talton, associate field services director with Georgia Farm Bureau.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Microgrid Knowledge:Boston-based NEC Energy Solutions (NEC) has completed installation of Europe’s largest battery system, 48-MW of energy storage that will provide reactive power in Germany to stabilize the transmission grid.NEC developed the project in Jardelund for German company EnspireME, a joint venture between Japan’s Mitsubishi and Eneco, a Netherlands-based renewable energy company. With 50 MWh of capacity, the system uses 10,000 lithium-ion battery modules, enough to store power for about 5,300 German households for 24 hours.The battery system can play multiple roles to strengthen the grid. It will earn revenue by serving the primary reserve market. This opportunity exists because Europe’s transmission system operators must secure a certain number of capacity reserves to prepare for sudden power loss or an extensive blackout.EnspireME will sell storage capacity to the German electricity market through weekly common auctions where European grid operators purchase reserve capacity to guarantee a 50 hertz frequency on the grid.The energy storage system can also take over the role of primary reserve provider and become a more sustainable alternative to coal and gas-fired plants. In addition, the project can serve local wind farms by allowing them to store excess electricity generated during periods when they cannot sell their output into markets because of excess supply.More: NEC installs Europe’s largest battery system NEC Energy installs Europe’s largest battery storage system
Senior guards Rae Lin D\’Alie and Teah Gant played their final regular season home game against the Hawkeyes, falling 68-60 in overtime.[/media-credit]With the Big Ten tournament looming next weekend in Indianapolis, it was easy to forget the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (20-9, 10-8) had one more game remaining on the schedule.Unfortunately for the Badgers, Iowa (17-12, 10-8) did not, as the Hawkeyes came out victorious in a 68-60 overtime triumph Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.Sunday afternoon was the Badgers’ Senior Day, as guards Rae Lin D’Alie and Teah Gant were honored. However, once the game began, the Hawkeyes were all business.Wisconsin scored the first six points of the game, but held its biggest lead at only the 18:25 mark in the first half. Iowa was able to close out the half on a 12-0 run, culminating with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to enter halftime up 33-21.“We were settling for jump shots,” Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said of the Badgers’ first half troubles. “Our last six shots of the first half were all deep, shorter shots. The ball was not going inside, we were not attacking the paint and that put our defense on its heels.“The way we executed offensively, and we talked about being decisive and disciplined offensively, trying to get action toward the basket, that’s when we’re at our best. And it allows us to get back on defense. We were taking deep shots in the corner, settling for outside jump shots, quick shots.”Iowa’s shooting performance was especially impressive in the first half, in which the Hawkeyes shot 41.9 percent from the field and 55.5 percent from behind the arc. Iowa was led by sophomore guard Kamille Wahlin and junior guard Kachine Alexander, who contributed 20 and 19 points, respectively.“Iowa is an unbelievable shooting team,” Stone said. “You all watched the game and I watched it too, and I thought we did a very good job and had a very valiant comeback down in the second half to push it to overtime. They made some tough shots.”For the Badgers, D’Alie ended her regular season on a high note, leading the team with 15 points, along with seven assists and six rebounds.Gant, meanwhile, contributed seven points and seven assists. Junior forward Tara Steinbauer also added 11 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore forward Anya Covington recorded her second career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.With a 12-point halftime deficit, Wisconsin came out stronger on offense and defense in the second half. From the field, the Badgers shot 40.7 percent and converted 42.9 percent from 3-point range, both significant increases from the first half. Meanwhile, the Hawkeyes shot only 30.8 percent from the field.After trailing by as many as 13 with 16:57 left to play, Wisconsin rebounded to cut the lead to 48-41 on a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Jade Davis with 7:58 remaining. With an ensuing 9-2 run, the Badgers tied the game at 50 with just over six minutes on the clock.“We talked at halftime about adversity facing us,” Stone said. “We took better shots; we made a runback; we played better defense in the second half. We rebounded the basketball. We addressed those issues. What we challenged our team to do in the second half, they did.”Four minutes later, however, Iowa once again held a 6-point lead after two 3-pointers. After cutting the lead to 56-54 with 1:14 remaining, time appeared to be running out. Still down two with only 20 seconds left, Wahlin was fouled to stop the clock and made her first and only trip to the free throw line for a 1-and-1. The 10th-leading scorer in the Big Ten and a 90 percent free throw shooter, Wahlin missed from the line, giving Wisconsin a shot.On the rebound, Iowa’s Morgan Johnson was called for a foul on Covington, sending the sophomore to the line with a chance to tie the game. Covington did just that, and the game went into overtime with the score even at 56.“Being down, just battling back and really believing in our system, it was working,” D’Alie said. “We were helping earlier on defense and forcing them to take contested shots; [that] was one of the adjustments that I think helped majorly.”D’Alie opened the extra period with an easy layup to give the Badgers their first lead since 14:04 in the first half. However, the Hawkeyes responded with a 7-0 run and Wahlin provided the dagger with a running, off-balance 3-pointer as the shot clock was expiring with 37 seconds remaining.Holding a 63-58 lead, Iowa withstood a basket by Covington and made its free throws to seal the victory.“Wahlin hit some tough shots in overtime that were kind of back-breakers,” D’Alie said. “The three she hit, I couldn’t believe it went in. It was just the way the ball dropped and we laid it out there tonight and just happened not to get it.”Friday evening, the Badgers will begin postseason play in the Big Ten tournament as a No. 4 seed. Wisconsin will play No. 5 Purdue, a team with which they split the season series.