The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences benefited from the new budget signed by Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday, Monday 10. Georgia’s budget for the fiscal year 2022 includes $21.7 million for the construction of phase one of a new Poultry Science Complex on the University of Georgia’s Athens campus.
The project will increase the size of the Department of Poultry Science’s existing facilities in UGA CAES to 75,000 square feet. It will expand instructional and lab space, while providing modern, student-centered facilities. This should help attract and retain world-class researchers.
“The new building will feature facilities and equipment to provide for advanced research to keep Georgia at the forefront of forward-thinking, relevant poultry research, advancing its UGA Cooperative Extension and outreach programs,” said Todd Applegate, head of the Department of Poultry Science. “This will keep staff on the cutting-edge to ensure that industry and government entities increasingly seek them out to address research questions. It will also strategically provide UGA with a competitive advantage in terms of attracting extramural funding to lead innovation to solve grand challenges facing the poultry sector.”
State-of-the-art learning labs will bolster the traditional classroom experience with production courses, demonstrations and relevant field-learning exercises and contribute to the department’s expanding FFA, 4-H and other youth programs, as well as assist with student recruitment efforts.
“The demand for poultry continues to grow with each new generation and the University of Georgia is committed to attracting the best and the brightest, and developing them into future leaders,” Applegate added.