UGA Layoffs

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- The University of Georgia will lay off 18 workers in its agriculture college to close a budget gap.

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean Scott Angle told The Athens Banner-Herald that the university will also sell a 522-acre research farm in Oconee County to pay maintenance costs
elsewhere.

Until now, administrators at UGA had been able to reduce the
workforce by offering early retirement incentives to faculty and staff and cutting funding for vacant positions. Angle said he can no longer meet the budget targets without resorting to layoffs.

Angle said ongoing budget cuts are hurting the college's mission
to serve Georgia's agriculture sector.


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  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on May 31, 2011 at 04:11 AM
    One thing I didn't address is selling a 522 acre farm now. Land prices are down so it is not the best time to be selling it. UGA would be better served to hold onto it for a while and find cuts in departments not related directly to food production. If anything Agriculture needs to be expanded.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on May 31, 2011 at 03:08 AM
    Georgia's agricultural research is not only used in Georgia it is used across the nation and around the world. Just one example, hybrid forages developed by UGA are used all over. Tift 85 Bermuda and Tift 9 Bahia are widely used forage grasses, and research papers that are done, all of which require funding, help farmers use fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides, and growing techniques to best utilize all and protect the environment. There isn't time for the individual farmer to do all of his or her own research, and if he does it is available just for his or her use. It is most unwise in a world of growing population and decreasing farmland for any University to cut back on agricultural research.
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