Increase competitive grant programs to address criticalnutrition, food security and environmental needs.Restore funds cut from the Expanded Food and NutritionEducation Program (EFNEP) and increase funding.Increase funding for institutions that serve minorities.Restore the $20.6 million in Cooperative State Research,Education and Extension Services programs cut last year. The subcommittee heard also heard testimony from Mel Garber, CAESassociate dean for extension; Clifton Baile, distinguishedprofessor and Georgia Research Alliance eminent scholar inagricultural biotechnology; Donald Reeves, supervisory researchagronomist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture AgriculturalResearch Service; and David Swayne, director of the USDA-ARSSoutheast Poultry Research Lab.(Cat Holmes is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaTwo University of Georgia deans and others told of criticalfunding needs for the state’s research and extension programs in a congressional subcommittee hearing Monday in Athens, Ga.The UGA deans testified on behalf of the Georgia AgriculturalExperiment Stations and Cooperative Extension Service before theU.S. House of Representatives agriculture subcommittee onconservation, credit, rural development and research. U.S. Rep.Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), chairman, and Rep. Max Burns (R-Ga.)represented the subcommittee.Gale Buchanan of the College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences and Sharon Nickols of the College of Family and ConsumerScience said extension and research programs are vital to thehealth of the U.S. economy and its citizens. Federal funding,they said, is critical to maintain them.’Taken for granted'”America’s integrated agricultural research, extension andeducation system is the finest in the world,” Buchanan said.”(These) programs have been highly successful but are,unfortunately, taken for granted.””Taken for granted” has meant losses to reduced and stagnantfederal funding and rising inflation, he said. Over the pastdecade, land-grant universities have lost more than half of thefederal buying power that supports these programs.Nickols provided a graphic illustration.”Of the 242 counties designated as ‘persistently poor’ in arecent study of 11 Southern states,” she said, “91 are inGeorgia.” But the number of FCS extension agents to serve 8million Georgians in 159 counties is down to 45.FCS extension agents focus on teaching the most at-risk familiesabout food safety, nutrition and health, child and familydevelopment, financial security and housing.RecommendationsBuchanan recommended four ways to support extension and researchprograms.
Vermont Quadricentennial Commission Endorses Events for 2009MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission Events Committee has given the green light to more than 40 event proposals for the 2009 celebration that will honor the anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s arrival to the lake in 1609. Application review and approval is ongoing with even more events anticipated to be added over the next several weeks and months.While the year-long celebration will feature several unique, special events in and around the Champlain Valley, the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial will also feature existing events that explore Quadricentennial themes. Events recently approved for the Quadricentennial celebration include the Regatta for Lake Champlain, the Winooski River Sojourn, Teddy Roosevelt Day in Isle La Motte and the D’Olobaratz Voyage, which is a weekend race between re-created French and British longboats on Lake Champlain.”Many fellow Vermonters who are deeply passionate about this historic occasion have volunteered their time to organize festivals, educational initiatives and infrastructure improvements,” said Bruce Hyde, chair of the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and we want Vermonters and visitors to experience all that our wonderful state has to offer in 2009 and in years to come.”The event proposals approved in this first wave of applications by the Events Committee by will be included in the first promotional flyer to accompany a Vermont delegation to France in May to commemorate when Samuel de Champlain left France for North America. The flyer will also be distributed by the Schooner Lois McClure’s crew as she heads north for Quebec City’s 400th anniversary celebration in July. This information will be printed in both French and English.”The goal of the commission is to promote a variety of annual Vermont events that will have a Quadricentennial twist for 2009,” said Commission member Marilyn Cormier, who chairs the Commemoration and Events Committee. “There are dozens of outstanding events held in Vermont year after year, and we look forward to working together to make 2009 a great success.”The 26-member commission and dozens of volunteers are working together to organize events, educational components, infrastructure improvements and cultural exhibits that will take place in the Lake Champlain Basin and around Vermont. The one-time signature events will be supported by successful fundraising by Johnston Consulting, on behalf of The Champlain 400 Legacy Fund Inc., a nonprofit corporation created to support the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission.Vermonters celebrated the Tercentennary in 1909 and the 350th anniversary in 1959. The Quadricentennial is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to Vermont throughout 2009.”We see the 400th anniversary as a remarkable opportunity for some of Vermonts finest companies, as well as national brands, to forever link their message to an historic event organized by a state that deeply values its history, culture, natural resources and its impact on future generations,” Cormier said.For more information, visit www.celebratechamplain.org/events(link is external).###
The Wisconsin football team released its depth chart Monday in anticipation of its prime-time matchup against No. 3 Alabama Saturday. While Walker Williams and Hayden Biegel are listed as starters on the right side of the offensive line, Joe Rudolph, University of Wisconsin offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, said that isn’t set in stone.Rudolph said Micah Kapoi, who practiced with the first team the past two weeks of training camp, could still rotate in and Rudolph expects him to play at some point Saturday.If Kapoi does enter the game, it’s likely he’d take some snaps for Williams at right guard. It’s hard to envision Kapoi playing at right tackle and taking Biegel’s place since he hasn’t played the tackle position in college.Kapoi said although he would’ve liked to see his name as a starter, he sees it as a chance to prove himself.“Now I just need to lock everything in,” Kapoi said. “I’ve got the basics down. Now I just gotta get in the film room, that’s the biggest thing.”Kapoi is also listed as the backup center, a position he feels comfortable playing, he said.Biegel, Williams Return to PracticeBiegel had been sidelined for more than two weeks with a concussion. He’s battled concussions his entire playing career, he said.Williams, meanwhile, only had mild concussion-like symptoms and was out just a week. After Biegel and fellow right tackle Beau Benzschawel went down, Williams moved to tackle, but is now back at guard, which he prefers.“I’m feeling real comfortable at right guard, even though I can play tackle,” Williams said. “I think I might’ve found a home settling in at guard.”With their health back, Biegel and Williams have quite the challenge in front of them, when they’ll both be making their first career college starts.Alabama’s defensive line boasts three all-SEC defensive ends, A’Shawn Robinson (first-team), Jonathan Allen (second-team) and Jarran Reed (third-team).“I think it’s pretty big time if your first start is against Alabama and one of the best d-lines in the country,” Williams said. “It’s a great opportunity to see really how good we are.”One of the main challenges with that is the lack of time the right side has spent playing together. Tuesday was the first practice that Biegel and Williams had pads on together. Communication between the two was a point of emphasis for the pair during practice this week, they said. The challenge of playing together for the first time is exacerbated by the formidable Alabama defensive line.Regardless, Biegel said that despite the limited number of snaps with Williams to his inside, he feels comfortable with him there.“You always wish you could have more snaps with somebody,” Biegel said. “That’s just what it is. I’m comfortable right now working with Walker.”Williams said right now he and Biegel are erring on the side of more communication and still getting a feel for one another.“It’s one of those things where you don’t know exactly what they know, or you don’t know what they see,” Williams said.