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For Immediate Release
Jan. 31, 2023
Contact: Joy Crosby, joycrosby@gapeanuts.com
229-386-3690
 
Georgia Peanut Commission Research Report Day Set for Feb. 8

TIFTON, Ga. — The Georgia Peanut Commission will hold the annual Research Report Day, Feb. 8, 2023, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL), located on the University of Georgia Tifton campus at 2360 Rainwater Road, Tifton, Georgia 31793. The event provides growers and industry representatives an opportunity to hear the latest reports and newest information available on peanut research projects funded by GPC in 2022.

“The commission works to wisely invest peanut farmers’ dollars into research projects across Georgia in an effort to reduce production input costs and improve agronomic techniques,” says Donald Chase, GPC Research Committee chairman. “Although some of the findings are preliminary, the projects are exciting, and many times new recommendations or observations are announced.”

GPC awarded $795,205 to peanut research facilities in the state during 2022. This effort funds 37 research projects from the University of Georgia, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Fort Valley State University. The research programs primarily focus on peanut breeding, conservation methods, irrigation and water management, as well as pests, weed and disease management.

The agenda for the GPC Research Report Day is available online at www.gapeanuts.com. All research reports will be available online following the GPC Research Report Day.


For Immediate Release
Jan. 27, 2023
Contact: Dr. Sherra Conde
www.georgianeuropathydoctors.com
 
Experience Peripheral Nerve Pain Relief with Georgia Neuropathy Doctors LLC

Many people often overlook the health symptoms that they experience, believing that it will go away on its own. But when these conditions become more persistent and painful, it might be a result of undiagnosed progressive form of peripheral neuropathy. In these instances, it would be best to seek the help of an experienced neuropathy specialist. Fortunately, those who are living in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas, have access to Georgia Neuropathy Doctors, LLC, (GND) one of the best when it comes to natural treatments to reverse neuropathy called The Reverse Effect(TM).

Nearly 24 million people actually suffer from neuropathy and 90% of them heavily rely on medications and injections for relief. There are hundreds of causes of neuropathy, including diabetes, chemotherapy, and many more. At GND, they strongly believe in the power of reversing neuropathy naturally and in most cases, patients experience significant improvements in as early as three months.

Living while managing the kind of pain and discomfort brought by neuropathy is not easy. This is precisely why GND is passionate about helping patients experience pain relief through their The Reverse Effect(TM) neuropathy programs and an overall improvement in their condition. Foot discomfort, pain when walking, sensitivity to touch, side effects from medication, muscle weakness, numbness, diabetic nerve pain, sharp electric-like pain, and burning or tingling sensations are among the common symptoms of neuropathy and the team at GND will help eliminate these symptoms.

Known as The Reverse Effect(TM), doctors at GND outlines a three-step road to recovery for all of their patients, which consists of the aid of advanced technology, implementing nutritional supplementation as well neuromuscular reeducation system. This state of the art office is all about identifying and eliminating the hidden causes within the patient’s body, combined with advanced diagnostics to pinpoint the deficiencies that also affect one’s overall health.

Once the doctors have completed a 16 point neurological evaluation and examination, an assessment is made to determine if the patient is a candidate for The Reverse Effect(TM). The program consists of customized and hyper-targeted nutritional supplement strategies to enable rapid transformation and breakthrough results. They also make use of a cutting edge biohacking technique to repair compromised systems, a step that the majority of health professionals miss.

Finally, they develop customized lifestyle solutions for their patients. This is to ensure that they get to enjoy a long and vibrant life, free of neuropathy pain.

Dr. Sherra Conde leads the team at Georgia Neuropathy Doctors, LLC. She has been a neurological based Doctor of Chiropractic since 2009, and has a Board Certification in Neuropathy care from the American College of Physical Medicine (ACOPM), allowing her to help neuropathy patients with a higher level of care.

Do not lose hope, you can be helped with GND’s The Reverse Effect(TM).

For comprehensive treatment matched with quality and compassionate care visit https://www.georgianeuropathydoctors.com/ and request for an appointment.

About Georgia Neuropathy Doctors, LLC

Georgia Neuropathy Doctors, LLC has facilities for wellness needs based in Atlanta Georgia, and by Fayetteville, Georgia.


For Immediate Release

Jan. 26, 2023
Contact: Taylor Sills
478-696-3781
taylor@georgiacotton.org
 
Home Builders Association of Georgia Applauds Efforts of Gov. Kemp to Address Housing Affordability Crisis

The Georgia Cotton Commission’s Inaugural Trustees Awards were presented at the 2023 Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting January 25 in Tifton. The Trustees Awards are awarded to individuals who have dedicated themselves to the advancement of the cotton industry in Georgia. Producers, research and extension specialists and other cotton industry associates of high character and integrity who have given exceptional service to the cotton industry are eligible to receive this award.

The award was named after the Georgia Colonial Trustees’ who set out to create an agricultural colony to expedite agriculture productivity, which led to a ten acre “Trustees’ Garden” to display “modern” farming techniques. The Trustees’ Garden was established in 1734 in Savannah, Georgia. Many crops were experimented with that first year, but cotton was the crop that thrived and has been planted in Georgia every year since.

The recipients of this year’s Trustees’ Awards are Louie Perry, Jr. of Moultrie and Mike Lucas of Cochran.

Louie Perry, Jr. began his farming career in partnership with his father on Pineywoods Farms in Moultrie, Georgia in 1962. His great-great grandfather established Pineywoods with a 490-acre land grant from the state of Georgia in 1830 and over the decades, the acreage has expanded to 1,300.

Perry is the fifth generation farmer to own, operate and live on this farm, which has always produced cotton. In fact, Pineywoods Farms is the oldest farm to grow cotton in the southern part of the state. In his youth, Perry began raising purebred limousine and commercial cattle, which he continues today in addition to growing cotton, peanuts, grain, hay, corn and tobacco.

Perry attended the University of Georgia in Athens, and majored in Agribusiness. He settled down with his wife, Becky, and together they raised their children and are now enjoying their grandchildren. The Perrys are members of First Presbyterian Church of Moultrie.

Through his forty-eight year farming career, Perry received a number of ag awards and remains extremely active with numerous agriculture groups. Some of his service has included Chairman of Georgia Cotton Commission Board from 2000 to 2012, former President of Southern Cotton Growers, Inc., producer delegate and board advisor to the National Cotton Council (NCC), director of Cotton Incorporated and served as Chairman in 2006 and president of the Georgia Cattleman’s Association. Since age thirteen, Perry maintained his membership with the Colquitt County Farm Bureau and currently serves on their board. He continues to volunteer with many local organizations.

Mike Lucas grew up in Cochran, Georgia and after graduating from Bleckley County High School, he began working on his grandfather’s farm as a teenager. From that early experience, he decided upon farming as his chosen path.

Lucas’ original 105-acre farm, passed to him by his grandfather, has expanded to over 500 acres today. It is a diversified row crop operation featuring major crops of cotton, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. His farm also includes pasture for beef cattle and a small cow/calf operation. Lucas’ family represents the third generation on this farm.

Lucas is a dedicated member of his Bleckley County community and stays active through a variety of meaningful volunteer roles. Throughout his years of service to agriculture, he served as director of the Georgia Cotton Commission and Chairman from 2012 to 2017, director of the Cotton Board and Southern Cotton Growers and producer delegate of the National Cotton Council. He also served as an active volunteer with the Bleckley County Farm Bureau, Georgia Farm Bureau, Bleckley County FSA committee, Bleckley County Extension/4-H County Board member and member on the Bleckley County Industrial Development Authority board. He currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of Georgia, Inc.

Lucas is married to the former Sharon Britton, who also grew up in Cochran, and they are members of Salem Baptist Church. Their son Blake is an alumni of the University of Massachusetts and Ross University and is currently a veterinarian in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

The Georgia Cotton Commission is a producer-funded organization located in Perry, Georgia. The Commission began in 1965. Georgia cotton producers pay an assessment enabling the Commission to invest in programs of research, promotion, and education on behalf of all cotton producers of Georgia. For more information about the Georgia Cotton Commission please call 478-988-4235 or on the web at www.georgiacottoncommission.org.

GCC Executive Director Taylor Sills, GCC Trustees Award Winner Louie Perry, GCC Chairman Bart Davis and GCC Trustees Award Winner Mike Lucas pause for a photo after the Awards Presentation during the Commission’s 2023 Annual Meeting.


For Immediate Release

Jan. 19, 2023
Contact: Cindy Morley
770-365-2103

Home Builders Association of Georgia Applauds Efforts of Gov. Kemp to Address Housing Affordability Crisis

Georgia once boasted one of the nation’s most affordable housing markets. But as the state added new residents –  a 96 percent increase with more than 5.2 million new residents moving into Georgia between 1980 and 2020 – the number of affordable houses did not follow the same pattern. Add to that, the increased costs of building a new home because of added regulations, land costs and labor shortage, and Georgia is now facing a housing shortage and housing affordability crisis.

The Home Builders Association of Georgia (HBAG)  has been sending out a warning cry for the last few years that housing affordability is a pressing concern, and if not addressed soon, one that could impact economic development across the state, the ability to attract new companies and businesses, and eventually, the state’s ability to maintain its national ranking as the No. 1 state to do business.

In 2022, Bradley Jones, then-President of HBAG, said: “We are facing a shortage of housing, not only in Georgia, but across the country. We understand we are facing labor shortages and supply shortages, however, regulatory barriers are drastically increasing the prices of a single-family home and this is becoming a consequence for housing affordability. I am afraid we could be looking at a home ownership crisis soon if the situation does not change.”

Governor Brian Kemp has identified housing affordability has a key area for concern for Georgia lawmakers in 2023. During his inaugural address, Kemp said, “We must confront the need for workforce housing head on. Hard-working Georgians should be able to live in the same community in which they work. This is one of the biggest challenges we face as we work to maintain our rank as the No. 1 place to do business.”

Kemp’s budget package includes an allocation of $35.7 million to establish a rural workforce housing fund that is designed “to help local communities develop sites for workforce housing needs that come with major economic development announcements.”

According to Dr. Jeffrey Dorfman, State Economist, Georgia must focus on policies that would bring more people into the state to fill jobs created when new companies move into Georgia or existing businesses grow. “And to accomplish that, we have to address workforce housing. We are currently growing our population, and workforce, at less than 1 percent a year, and our unemployment rate is less than 2 percent. If we want to fill those jobs, we have to bring in more people, and they have to have places to live.”

Speaking to the Joint Appropriations Committee, Dorfman pointed out that starter homes are becoming harder to find in Georgia. “We are requiring so many things to be added to a house, and they are raising the price of housing. Yes, codes should be enforced, we don’t want to build substandard houses, but we also have to ask the question ‘are we making housing unaffordable on purpose.’”

Dorfman spoke of a report that showed while Georgia did a good job growing jobs, and population, between 2010-2022, the state fell behind in housing. “We need to focus on housing a little more than we have.”

“We know first-hand the shortage of housing across all of Georgia,” said Trevor Readdick, President of HBAG and owner of Readdick Construction in St. Mary’s, Ga on the coast. “It’s an issue we have been talking about for several years. We are excited that the Governor is taking on this pressing matter. We applaud his efforts and stand ready to help him in any way we can.”

About Home Builders Association of Georgia: The Home Builders Association of Georgia is a non-profit trade organization promoting an environment for attainable and sustainable housing in Georgia through advocacy, education and networking opportunities.


For Immediate Release

Dec. 22, 2022

Contact Taylor Sills, Executive Director

478-696-3781, taylor@georgiacotton.org

Georgia Cotton Farmers Donate Socks to Homeless Shelters

On behalf of Georgia’s 3,500 cotton farming families, the Georgia Cotton Commission recently donated 12,000 pairs of socks to various homeless shelters across the state.

Farmers delivered socks to the Albany Rescue Mission, the Friends Ministry in Bainbridge, Lowndes Associated Ministries to People in Valdosta, the Southwest Georgia Housing Opportunities in Columbus, The Sparrow’s Nest in Athens, Cedartown United Fund, the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia in Macon, the Atlanta Mission, the CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority in Augusta, Fair Haven in Jesup, and the Homeless Authority in Savannah.

Georgia Cotton Commission Chairman Bart Davis, a cotton farmer from Colquitt County, said, “As a cotton producer, it gives me great joy to be able to give back to our state in such a meaningful and positive way. Especially during this Christmas season, we need to help others, and the donation of cotton socks to these shelters across the state supports people who truly need a little extra at this time of year.”

The Georgia Cotton Commission is a producer-funded organization located in Perry, Georgia. The Commission began in 1965. Georgia cotton producers pay an assessment enabling the Commission to invest in programs of research, promotion, and education on behalf of all cotton producers of Georgia. For more information about the Georgia Cotton Commission please call (478) 988-4235 or visit us on the web at www.georgiacottoncommission.org.

Newspapers interested in a picture of one of the particular donations that is in or near its community should contact Taylor Sills.


For Immediate Release

Dec. 21, 2022

Georgia Power Media Relations

(404) 506-7676 or (800) 282-1696

www.georgiapower.com

Georgia Power Prepared for Winter Freeze

ATLANTA – December 21, 2022 – With extremely cold temperatures expected throughout north and central Georgia this week, Georgia Power is prepared to respond across its system. The company continuously monitors changing weather conditions and puts teams and resources in place that are ready to respond to any impacts caused by winter weather, safely and as quickly as possible.

The company has also invested in a diverse energy mix to maintain high levels of reliability for customers during extreme temperatures. Across its generation fleet, the company has proactively taken measures to protect generating units and prepare them for the high-demand season, including scheduling maintenance activities in lower demand seasons. The company also maintains a robust protection program which addresses all aspects of winter weather operations and is structured to prepare the company’s generating plants and units for approaching weather, freezing and sub-freezing temperatures.

Georgia Power urges customers to be ready for the winter season, and stay safe and warm this week. Resources are available at GeorgiaPower.com/WinterPrep to help customers prepare, including information on building an emergency kit, staying connected, understanding watches vs. warnings and more.

Additional tips for customers during the extremely cold weather this week include:

Winter Weather Safety

  • Have a flashlight, a portable phone charger, and spare batteries on hand in case the power goes out.
  • Maintain ventilation around fireplaces.
  • Use space heaters only on level surfaces and keep away from furniture, curtains, water, children and pets.
  • Never use generators indoors. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions supplied with the generator model.
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit for your home and vehicle.
  • If there is a power outage in your area, visit our Outage & Storm Center to review safety tips, enroll in outage alerts and more.

Save Money & Energy During Cold Weather

  • Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower.
  • Add additional insulation to your attic, including around attic steps.
  • Add weather stripping around doors and windows.
  • Ensure your heating system is working efficiently by changing the filter and making sure vents and return air registers are clear and not blocked by furniture or other obstructions.
  • Visit www.georgiapower.com/save for more tips to save money and energy.

See more at https://youtube.com/watch?v=kJ3–cK4BZ8&si=EnSIkaIECMiOmarE.

About Georgia Power

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.7 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/Georgia Power), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 21, 2022

Marilyn Weitzel, 770-953-0524

marilynw@bellsouth.net

Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame Offering Scholarships

The Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame (GMVHOF) is currently accepting applicants for college scholarships worth up to $4,000. The announcement was made by GMVHOF founder and scholarship director Col. Paul Longgrear (USA-Ret) of Pine Mountain who affirms that the organization is a 501c3 tax-deductible entity.

To qualify for the award, applicants must be high school seniors enrolled in a recognized Junior Reserve Officer Training Program in a Georgia high school, academy or private school. Further, they must be accepted into a 4-year college or university ROTC program and express the intent to commission as a military officer upon graduation.

Application for the scholarship can be made using the form found on the GMVHOF.org website.  Deadline for signed applications and supporting documents is May 1, 2023.

For further details contact GMVHOF Director Col. Rick White (USA-ret) at rickwhite4750@gmail.com.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 15, 2022

Georgia Power Media Relations

(404) 506-7676 or (800) 282-1696

www.georgiapower.com

Georgia Power Ranked No. 1 By J.D. Power for Residential Customer Satisfaction in Segment

ATLANTA – December 15, 2022 – Georgia Power has been ranked number one for residential customer satisfaction among Large Utilities in the South by J.D. Power in its 2022 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM. Most notably, highest among all utilities in the segment in three key areas – Price, Corporate Citizenship and Customer Care.

The company was also recently ranked number one for business customer satisfaction among Large Utilities in the South by J.D. Power in its 2022 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction StudySM.  Read more here.

“From the mountains of north Georgia to the coast, our teams work around the clock to deliver safe, clean, reliable and affordable electric service to the homes of millions of Georgians,” said Bentina Terry, Senior Vice President, Customer Strategy & Solutions for Georgia Power. “The key to our success continues to be a focus on exceeding our customers’ expectations, evolving our offerings to meet the changing needs of our customers across every aspect of our business, and making our communities better by fulfilling our longstanding mission to be A Citizen Wherever We Serve. This recognition by J.D. Power celebrates all of our employees who are champions for our customers, every day, in every decision they make.”

J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics established in 1968. The 2022 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 102,879 online interviews conducted from January 2022 through November 2022 among residential customers of the 145 largest electric utility brands across the United States, which represent more than 105 million households. According to the study, Georgia Power’s number one ranking occurred even as overall residential electric utility satisfaction has experienced a decline as customers are experiencing higher monthly bills and feeling worse off financially. Click here to read more about this year’s study.

Georgia Power’s focus on providing excellent customer service for all of its 2.7 million customers includes many touchpoints – in-person, via phone, online and social media customer service choices, customizable rate plans and payment options. The company also makes it easy for residential customers to find ways to save money and energy at GeorgiaPower.com/Save, with business customers enjoying access to commercial rebates and savings specific to their industries at GeorgiaPower.com/Business.

About Georgia Power

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.7 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/Georgia Power), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 12, 2022

Caroline Gentry, Georgia Cotton Commission

478-3570-1747, caroline@georgiacotton.org

Speakers Announced: Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting Jan. 25, 2023

The Georgia Cotton Commission is pleased to announce the guest speakers at the Commission’s 2023 Annual Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. The annual meeting is held in conjunction with the UGA Cotton Production Workshop conducted by the UGA Research & Extension Cotton Team.

The UGA Cotton Production Workshop will feature breakout sessions where attendees will learn the latest technical production strategies from the researchers whose projects are funded by the Commission’s research program. The Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting will follow the breakout sessions and feature speakers from several industry organizations.

The program speakers are Dr. Ryan Kurtz, Vice President of Agricultural & Environmental Research, Cotton Incorporated; Dr. Mark Masters, Director, Georgia Water Planning & Policy; and Robbie Minnich, Director of Washington Operations, National Cotton Council.

  • Dr. Ryan Kurtz will begin his new role as Vice President of Agricultural & Environmental Research at Cotton Incorporated on January 1, 2023, after serving as Senior Research Director. Kurtz has delivered a consistently high level of support for producer profitability despite the continual challenge of pest resistance and invasive insects. He has also led numerous projects for producer outreach including the recent update of the Cotton Cultivated website and the Focus on Cotton webinar series. Prior to joining Cotton Incorporated 10 years ago, Kurtz worked for Syngenta as the Lead for Traits Insect Resistance Management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural pest management from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D. in entomology from North Carolina State University where he studied resistance management in cotton bollworms to Bt crops.
  • Dr. Mark Masters serves as the Director of the Georgia Water Planning & Policy Center. Throughout his career, Masters has led numerous research and outreach projects related to water resources in Georgia and has positioned the Center as a trusted technical resource for the State and its water planning efforts.  He is active on several local, state and national advisory boards including the American Farm Bureau Water Advisory Committee, Governor’s Soil and Water Advisory Committee, the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership Board of Directors and as a Supervisor for his local Soil and Water Conservation District and Board of the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts. In his current role, Masters is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Center, research grants and contracts, managing and developing research partnerships with universities, federal and state government, and other stakeholder groups, writing reports, and giving presentations concerning their work. Masters graduated from Auburn University with a degree in economics. He resides in Dawson, Georgia with his wife Amy and daughters Lilly, Sally, and Molly.
  • Robbie Minnich is the Director of Washington Operations for the National Cotton Council (NCC) in Washington, D.C. He has been with the Council since January 2003 and in his current role since 2022; he previously served as Senior Government Relations Representative.  Minnich’s primary responsibility is coordinating the industry’s communication with Members of Congress and their staff and administration officials.  Prior to joining the National Cotton Council, Minnich worked as agricultural advisor to former U.S. Senator Tim Hutchinson (R-AR) and staffed the senator on the Senate Agriculture Committee.  During his time with Senator Hutchinson, he played an integral part of the crafting of the 2002 Farm Bill. He has also spent time working in the office of former Congressman Robin Hayes (NC-08).  Minnich graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Extension Education and grew up in Henrietta, North Carolina. He and his wife live in Arlington, VA with their twin sons, Owen and Conor.

Following the Annual Meeting speakers, the Commission will host lunch where sponsors will be recognized, door prizes will be given away, and awards will be presented. The meeting, production workshop and lunch are open to not only cotton growers, but anyone interested in the cotton industry. The UGA Cotton Production Workshop breakout sessions will be repeated after lunch.

There is no charge to attend. Pre-registration is requested to help with meal plans.  Register online at www.ugatiftonconference.caes.uga.edu or call (229) 386-3416.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Stoneville/BASF – Deltapine/Bayer Crop Science
Farm Credit Associations of Georgia – John Deere
Phytogen/Corteva Agriscience

Ag America Lending – Allenberg Cotton Company/ProCot – Americot, Inc.-NexGen – AMVAC
Atlantic & Southern Equipment – Carden & Associates – Choice Cotton Company – CNI
Custom Ag Formulators – FMC – Georgia Farm Bureau – Helena Agri-Enterprises
The KBH Corporation – Kelley Manufacturing Company – Kingline Equipment
Lasseter Tractor – Magnolia Loom – Nutrien Ag Solutions – Olam Cotton – Rabo AgriFinance Rainbow Plant Food/Timac Agro USA – R.W. Griffin – SePRO Corporation – Smith Farm Supply Southeast AgNet – Staplcotn – Syngenta – Synovus – Tama USA Tidewater/CASE-IH
Triangle Chemical Company – Triangle Insurance – UPL OpenAg – Valent USA
Valley Irrigation – Yara NA – Zimmatic Irrigation


Dec. 9, 2022

Steve Forsyth, Public Information Officer, CAF Airbase Georgia

770-714-7750, sforsyth106@gmail.com

CAF Airbase Georgia Seeks Funds to Help Complete Restoration of its P-47 Thunderbolt

PEACHTREE CITY, GA. (Dec. 9, 2022) – Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Airbase Georgia is inviting anyone interested in supporting aviation history to participate in the annual CAF 12 Planes of Christmas fundraising campaign for 2022. Airbase Georgia is participating to raise $15,000 for its newest project, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft that arrived this year.

More than fifteen thousand Thunderbolts were built to serve in World War II, but only about 13 remain airworthy in the U.S. today. This P-47 is one of the original aircraft acquired by CAF founder Lloyd P. Nolen in 1963. The restoration ahead for the Thunderbolt is extensive, requiring thousands of hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of work and materials. Donations of any size will directly support this restoration project and help return the Thunderbolt to the sky.

For several years, the 12 Planes of Christmas year-end fundraiser has helped the restoration efforts of dozens of historic aircraft and highlighted the Commemorative Air Force’s ongoing mission to preserve and operate its fleet of World War II-era airplanes.  Funds from the campaign will be used to purchase an engine mount and conduct an X-ray inspection for the P-47. To make a contribution go to 12 Planes of Christmas P-47 Thunderbolt.

The CAF’s P-47 did not see combat during WWII.  After the war the aircraft was assigned to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard and later transferred to the Nicaraguan Air Force, eventually seeing combat in Central America. The CAF restored and operated the P-47 for several years until it was damaged in an accident. The hull, wings and salvageable parts are now at the Airbase Georgia hangar, adjacent to the Atlanta Regional Airport – Falcon Field in Peachtree City, Ga.

Airbase Georgia already is working to complete the wings and reassemble one of the flaps. To expedite the project, Airbase Georgia has engaged a respected warbird restoration company to repair or replace belly skins, cowlings and cowl flaps.  Other fittings and parts will be made by volunteers in Airbase Georgia’s well equipped machine shop.

“The P-47 is one of the iconic airplanes of the Second World War, a highly acclaimed fighter known for its combat effectiveness,” said Joel Perkins, Airbase Leader. “With strong financial support, our skilled mechanics can return this amazing warbird to the air for all to enjoy. This is an opportunity for any person or organization to play a role in preserving this important piece of American history and to honor the contributions of all veterans who defended our freedom during World War II.”

About the CAF Airbase Georgia Warbird Museum
CAF Airbase Georgia, based in Peachtree City, Ga., was founded in 1987. The Airbase is one of the largest units of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). The group maintains and flies six vintage military aircraft including a P-51 Mustang, an FG-1D Corsair, an SBD Dauntless, and a P-63A Kingcobra. The Airbase, which is composed of more than 450 volunteers, has hosted WWII Heritage Days since 2003.  The organization is also a founding partner of the Georgia WWII Heritage Trail launched in 2021. The Airbase is part of the CAF, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that relies on contributions of time and funds to conduct its mission. For more information, go to https://airbasegeorgia.org/.

 

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 7, 2022

Georgia Power Media Relations

(404) 506-7676 or (800) 282-1696

www.georgiapower.com

Georgia Power Vogtle Unit 4 Completes Cold Hydro Testing

Atlanta — Georgia Power today announced the completion of cold hydro testing for Vogtle Unit 4 at the nuclear expansion project near Waynesboro, Ga. The completion of cold hydro testing is required to support the last major test remaining for Unit 4, hot functional testing, which is projected to commence by the end of the first quarter of 2023.

“The team at the Vogtle 3 & 4 site continues to make important progress as we move closer to bringing online the first new nuclear units to be built in the country in over 30 years. Completion of cold hydro testing on Unit 4 is another critical milestone along the path to get us there,” said Chris Womack, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. “These units are a long-term investment for our state and essential to building the future of energy for Georgia. For the next 60 to 80 years, they will help us continue to provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy for our customers, serving generations of Georgians as clean, emission-free sources of energy.”

Cold hydro testing on Unit 4 confirmed the reactor’s coolant system functions as designed and verified the welds, joints, pipes and other components of the coolant system and associated high-pressure systems do not leak when under pressure. As part of the testing, the reactor coolant system was filled with water and pressurized above-normal operating conditions, then lowered to normal design pressure while comprehensive inspections were conducted to verify the systems meet design standards.

Other recent milestones for Vogtle Unit 4 include:

  • Closed vessel testing (CVT) – Completed in early November, this testing process verified that the pipes and valves in the Unit 4 reactor coolant system are installed as designed and helps ensure safety systems function properly. To carry out CVT on the plant’s passive safety systems, workers installed the reactor vessel head as well as the lower and upper reactor internals and flow restrictors which will be used during hot functional testing to mimic flow through the reactor core.
  • Rotation of turbine on turning gear – Also in November, the Unit 4 Turbine was rotated on its turning gear for the first time, demonstrating the turbine was assembled with quality and that integrated oil systems function as designed. The main turbine system consists of one high-pressure turbine and four low-pressure turbines. Rotating the turbines on the turning gear ties in all the oil systems and a significant number of supporting systems in the turbine island, which is a separate structure outside of the unit’s nuclear containment building. Once operational, the turbine will rotate at 1,800 revolutions per minute, propelled by steam produced by the unit’s two steam generators using heat transferred from the nuclear reactor.  The turbine blades turn the generator rotor to produce electricity.

Following the safe loading of nuclear fuel for Vogtle Unit 3 in October, teams at the site have continued to advance through various phases of start-up testing. Vogtle Unit 3 is projected to enter service in the first quarter of 2023.

The new Vogtle units are an essential part of Georgia Power’s commitment to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy to its 2.7 million customers. Once operating, the two new units, which will be clean energy sources that produce zero air pollution, are expected to power more than 500,000 homes and businesses. Southern Nuclear will operate the new unit on behalf of the co-owners: Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities.

About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.7 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).


Dec. 2, 2022

Caroline Gentry, Georgia Cotton Commission

478-988-43345

www.georgiacottoncommission.org

Miller and Moon Presented 2022 King Cotton Awards

County UGA Cooperative Extension Service agents are an important resource for Georgia cotton farmers. Agents are known for delivering timely and accurate information, which is instrumental for the success of Georgia’s farmers. They also perform community specific research, education and outreach programs designed to help farmers maximize yields and efficiency.

The Georgia Cotton Commission sponsored the King Cotton Awards to recognize outstanding contributions of county agents to Georgia cotton producers. The Senior Award honors agents with 10 or more years of experience. The Junior Award, named the Allen B. Fulford Award, honors the accomplishments and memory of Allen B. Fulford, who served as a county Extension agent and state cotton agronomist. This award credits those with less than 10 years of service. The awards were presented at the 2022 Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting & Professional Improvement Conference in November. The Georgia Cotton Commission is proud to salute the excellent work that County Extension Agents do for farmers across the state.

The 2022 Senior King Cotton Award recipient is Jennifer Miller of Jeff Davis County, where she serves as the Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent. She began her career with Gold Kist and came to UGA Extension in 2006 as the 4-H Agent in Wheeler County. She later served as the ANR Agent in Montgomery County and covered Treutlen County for part of that time. Miller has participated in the Statewide On-Farm Variety trials for 11 years, a statewide project managed by county agents and Dr. Camp Hand, UGA Cotton Agronomist. Throughout her career, she has conducted trials that have focused on irrigation and late season cotton management and was also awarded the Allen B. Fulford Award in 2017. In 2021, she collected data on fruiting position and value to update the cotton “money tree” graphic. Miller has a bachelor’s in agriculture from UGA, where she majored in Agriscience & Environmental Systems.

The Allen B. Fulford Award winner is Cole Moon, who serves as the County Extension Coordinator and Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent for Bleckley and Twiggs County. He has worked for Extension since 2018. In addition to holding producer education programs regarding agronomics and defoliation, Moon conducts county research on cotton. The priorities for the local research are made in collaboration with local growers. Recent trials have been on topics such as plant population, variety selection, cotton leafroll dwarf virus and foliar potassium applications. Moon graduated from UGA with a bachelor’s in Agribusiness and a master’s in Plant Protection and Pest Management.

The Georgia Cotton Commission is a producer-funded organization located in Perry, Georgia. The Commission began in 1965. Georgia cotton producers pay an assessment enabling the Commission to invest in programs of research, promotion, and education on behalf of all cotton producers of Georgia. For more information about the Georgia Cotton Commission please call (478) 988-4235 or on the web at www.georgiacottoncommission.org.

UGA Extension Entomologist Dr. Phillip Roberts (far left) and Georgia Cotton Commission Executive Director Taylor Sills (far right) present the 2023 King Cotton Awards to Jennifer Miller of Jeff Davis County (left of center) and Cole Moon of Bleckley County (right of center).


Dec. 1, 2022

Georgia Power Media Relations

(404) 506-7676 or (800) 282-1696

www.georgiapower.com

Georgia Power Names Chima Chijioke Vice President of Customer Services

ATLANTA — Georgia Power announced today that Chimaobi (Chima) Chijioke has been named Vice President of Customer Services for the company, effective January 16. In his new role, Chijioke will lead the team responsible for ensuring that Georgia Power continues to provide award-winning customer value, convenient service and personalized solutions. He will oversee multiple functions including call center operations, digital customer engagement, energy assistance and customer billing. He will also lead the team that manages the relationships with Georgia Power’s largest customers.

“We are focused on delivering the best customer experience every day, across every interaction and touchpoint we have with our millions of customers – online, over the phone or in person,” said Bentina Terry, Senior Vice President, Customer Strategy & Solutions, for Georgia Power. “Chima’s deep expertise in customer service and operations, in the regulated utility space and beyond, paired with his demonstrated ability to lead engaged and productive teams, will serve all of our customers well and we welcome him to Georgia Power.”

Chijioke brings 15 years of customer service and leadership experience to Georgia Power. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Customer Operations for Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility serving 1.3 million electric customers and nearly 700,000 natural gas customers. In this role, he was responsible for directing strategy, resources, and activities specifically for customer care, large customer services, claims, and field and meter services. During his time in customer service leadership at BGE, he led large teams responsible for resolving customer issues and complaints; oversight of BGE’s large corporate accounts; and a team which successfully managed the company’s comprehensive transition of its customer care and billing system.

“Georgia Power is well-known as a leader in customer satisfaction within the industry, with a history of forward-looking innovation and the use of technology, data and insights to better serve its customers,” said Chijioke. “I share the passion and vision of the leadership team at Georgia Power and I’m excited to join this outstanding company.”

Chijioke has also held customer service and strategic leadership roles at Exelon, the parent company of BGE, as well as Verizon Wireless. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) and a MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of executive programs at Harvard Business School, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Columbia Business School.

Georgia Power’s focus on providing excellent customer service includes online and social media customer service choices, customizable rate plans and payment options. The company was recently ranked number one for business customer satisfaction among Large Utilities in the South by J.D. Power in its 2022 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction StudySM. Read more here.

About Georgia Power

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.7 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/Georgia Power), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).


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Nov. 17, 2022

Georgia Power Media Relations

(404) 506-7676 or (800) 282-1696

www.georgiapower.com

Georgia Power ranked #1 by J.D. Power for Business Customer Satisfaction in Segment

ATLANTA – November 17, 2022 – Georgia Power has been ranked number one for business customer satisfaction among Large Utilities in the South by J.D. Power in its 2022 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction StudySM. This year’s recognition marked a year-over-year improvement for the company, even as the broader industry experienced a significant decline in overall customer satisfaction according to J.D. Power.

“We appreciate the trust our customers have placed in us for more than a century. Since the beginning, our constant focus has been on keeping customers at the center of our business, actively looking for opportunities to improve and evolve our service and offerings,” said Bentina Terry, Senior Vice President, Customer Strategy & Solutions for Georgia Power. “This recognition by J.D. Power is a testament not only to this heritage, but to the work of thousands of Georgia Power employees who make it their mission to be a champion for the customer every day by delivering superior customer service, reliability, responsiveness and affordability, as well as innovative solutions for our customers based on data.”

Georgia Power was ranked among other utilities in the South that serve more than 90,000 business customers. The J.D. Power study, now in its 24th year, is based on responses from 18,694 online interviews of business customers in decision-making roles related to their utility company. The study was fielded from February through October 2022.

Georgia Power’s focus on providing excellent customer service for all of its 2.7 million customers includes online and social media customer service choices, customizable rate plans and payment options. The company also makes it easy for residential customers to find ways to save money and energy at GeorgiaPower.com/Save, with business customers enjoying access to commercial rebates and savings specific to their industries atGeorgiaPower.com/Business.

About Georgia Power

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.7 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/Georgia Power), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

 

 

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