Barbara Worley grew up on the coast of North Carolina and considers herself an oyster connoisseur. La Keshia Levi, on the other hand, shudders at the thought of eating an oyster. But after attending a two-day Ocean to Table workshop, both University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) agents are prepared to encourage residents in their counties to eat more Georgia seafood.The brainchild of Chatham County Extension FACS Agent Jackie Ogden, the workshop series is designed to increase consumers’ and UGA Extension agents’ knowledge and awareness of Georgia seafood.“Living here on the coast, I eat Georgia seafood, but I see that not everyone in Georgia does,” Ogden said. “With the current growth of Georgia’s oyster and clam industry, I saw the need to encourage Georgians to see the health benefits of eating seafood.”The seafood most commonly harvested from the Georgia coast are shrimp, clams, oysters, blue crabs and fish. Georgia fishers catch favorites like sea bass, snapper and mahi-mahi as well as lesser-known species like triggerfish and sheepshead.Funded by a UGA Extension Innovation Grant, the workshops are presented through a partnership between UGA Extension and Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant.“With these grants, I wanted to foster innovation, partnership and collaboration in Extension programming. This particular project brings the expertise of UGA Extension and Marine Extension together to create a better program,” said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for Extension. “That exemplifies the true spirit of the land-grant mission.”Three workshops were presented to educate the public, then two train-the-trainer workshops prepared county agents to teach seafood programs.The most recent workshop was held May 23 and 24 at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island, Georgia. This Ocean to Table workshop included an overview of the nation’s seafood industry and taught the county agents who are piloting the program how to handle and cook seafood, read product labels, and use proper portion sizes.The county agents also cracked and ate Georgia blue crab, dined on deviled crab, roasted oysters and had a low country boil, took a boat trip on the waterways near Skidaway Island, tried crab fishing, and toured Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s oyster hatchery at the Shellfish Research Lab on Skidaway Island, the only such hatchery in the state. To better understand the deep history of Georgia’s seafood industry, the group also toured the Pin Point Heritage Museum, the former home of A.S. Varn & Son Oyster & Crab Factory located in the heart of a Gullah/Geechee community.“I’ve lived in Georgia since 2000, and I didn’t know that we produced so much seafood,” said Levi, who is based in middle Georgia’s Houston County. “I knew I was going to learn a lot in this program, but I had no idea that I was going to get to try all the different types of seafood and get so much hands-on experience, and I went on my first boat ride.”Levi even ate roasted oysters.She plans to incorporate the health benefits of eating seafood into the trainings she offers, especially those for pregnant women. She will also encourage Houston County restaurants to serve more Georgia seafood.Worley was amazed by how much she learned in the workshop.“I’m a scuba diver. I’ve picked up lots of oysters, but I never knew they were transgender until we toured the hatchery,” she said.Her goal was to return to Forsyth County with information about the type of Georgia seafood available to her clients and how they can access it. She now plans to brainstorm with other metro area FACS agents to develop a seafood education program that can be used in multiple counties.Ogden says she knew the key to reaching Georgians was to train her fellow FACS agents, who share health and wellness information year-round and are constantly on a mission to improve the health of Georgians.Americans consume 4.8 million pounds of seafood each year, but the average American eats less than 15 pounds of seafood a year, according to Bryan Fluech, associate Marine Extension director at Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant.“Living in Brunswick, my family probably ate 15 pounds of seafood last night,” said Fluech, who helped to organize and teach many of the Ocean to Table sessions. “But when I was a child, I thought of shrimp as a special-occasion food, something that was served on holidays.”The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends eating two to three servings of seafood per week, but only 1 in 5 Americans meets that dietary recommendation. Fatty fish are one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce the risk of heart disease. Fluech believes Georgians would increase their consumption of seafood if they knew seafood contains essential vitamins and minerals like zinc, iodine, iron, calcium and selenium.“People may think they don’t like fish, but there are hundreds of species, and they don’t all taste the same,” Fluech said. “Fish is very affordable, too, if you just learn to diversify your palate.”It’s rare, but eating too much seafood can increase a person’s mercury levels. Fluech said the key to keeping mercury levels low is to eat a variety of seafood, such as shrimp, salmon, pollock, cod, catfish, crab, scallops, clams and oysters, which are low in mercury.Workshop participants also took advantage of Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s mercury hair-testing program and submitted a few strands of hair to be tested. This test is available to the public for $20. Call 912-262-3338 for details.“The agents are now prepared to answer questions about seafood consumption, like knowing the mercury levels in fish, and are ready with suggestions and specific seafood recipes to help clients prepare seafood for their families,” Ogden said.To learn more about incorporating seafood into your diet, go to www.GeorgiaSeafood.org.
DuPont, Salow step upAftersharing time on the left side with freshman Allison Wack to start the season,sophomore Caity DuPont has started to see the court more frequently as of late.”I think being in more does build myconfidence,” DuPont said. “Now when I go on the court I’m not second-guessingmyself. I know what I’m supposed to do. I know what I can do. Confidence is abig thing.”Because of the increased playingtime and confidence from DuPont, her numbers have started to go up as well.DuPont has reached double-figure kills four times in the last eight matches,including a career-high 16 kills against Iowa Friday night.Junior outside hitter Morgan Salowhas also seen her playing time increase down the stretch. However, this weekendSalow found herself in a different position. With middle blocker Audra Jeffersout with a foot injury, Salow stepped into the middle with ease.”InitiallyI wasn’t as comfortable as the outsides, but I’ve been playing every spot sinceI’ve came here, so I overall got a lot of experience in every one of them,”Salow said. “I felt really good about coming in for [Jeffers]. I was prettyconfident and I had to do it for the team.”On the weekend Salow tallied 12 kills and hit at .267 clip.She also chipped in with five blocks. Wisconsin home untilthe Final FourWhen theNCAA tournament bracket was announced Sunday night, the Badgers received thenews they wanted to hear: They will be hosting the first and second rounds ofthe tournament. Coupled with the fact the Field House was already selected toserve as a regional host for the tournament, that means the Badgers will nothave to leave Madison until the Final Four, should they make it that far.”It saysa lot not just for our level of play the last couple of years but it says a lotfor our fan support,” said Waite of Wisconsin’s selection as a host for the firstand second rounds. “[Attendance] has been fantastic, and it’s up another 500 or600 from last year’s average.”We arehaving a great time in the Field House. It just raises our level of playanother 20 to 25 percent from what we normally do when we are on the road.”Wisconsinwill see familiar foes come to Madison for the first- and second-round matches.Wisconsin will face Northern Iowa, a team it swept earlier this year at the BYUInvitational, in the opening round of the tournament on Friday. Game time isscheduled for 7 p.m.IowaState and San Diego — both teams Wisconsin defeated last season — face off inthe other opening-round match, which begins at 5 p.m.”We knowthese teams very well,” Waite said. “It’s strange how things work out. Lastyear we played at San Diego, so we will get to see their team. Iowa State,obviously we know Christy Johnson and we’ve seen them in spring ball and lastyear here. Northern Iowa we played this year. For whatever reason it worked outthat we’re familiar with these teams, and that’s always nice.”ShouldWisconsin make it to the Elite Eight, it could mean a matchup against defendingnational champion Nebraska. It would also be Nebraska head coach John Cook’sfirst trip back to Madison since 1998, when he left to take the coaching job atNebraska. From 1992-’98, Cook coached the Badgers to a 161-73 record and wonthe 1997 Big Ten title. “[Nebraskais] the defending champions and they have the last two National Players of theYear on their team,” Waite said. “They are very strong, but I would rather seethem here than anywhere else.”Tickets for the first two rounds of the NCAAtournament are available in a three-game package through the UW Athletic Ticketoffice for $10. For fiveseniors — Taylor Reineke, Jackie Simpson, Jocelyn Wack, Megan Mills and AmandaBerkeley — this weekend marked the final time they will wear a Wisconsinuniform during a regular season match. For mostof them, it really has not yet sunk in that their time is almost up.”It’sreally weird, that’s what I keep telling people,” said Wack after Fridaynight’s win against Iowa. “It hasn’t quite set in yet. We’redefinitely going to go into [Saturday] with a great attitude, … pumped up andready to play Minnesota. It’s great to play them every time. Being the last BigTen home match, it’s crazy. That’s all I can say.”In their final match on Saturday,the seniors stepped up their play in guiding Wisconsin to another three gamesweep of Minnesota. Simpson led the Wisconsin offense by distributing the ball proficiently,tallying 35 assists. Reineke led the offensive charge with 14 kills and Wack hadtwo service aces to go along with 13 digs.”Being the last match for five of us out there, it wasreally important for us to come out strong and just play Wisconsin volleyball,”Simpson said. “(We wanted to) show what we’ve learned over the past fouryears.”
Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies MIND OVER MATTERAfter spending the previous two weeks at Triple-A Oklahoma City, pitcher Caleb Ferguson tossed 1-2/3 scoreless innings and struck out three batters Tuesday in Anaheim. Roberts complimented Ferguson’s conviction on the mound.At 34 pitches, it was Ferguson’s longest relief appearance of the season. It came at the end of a long day of travel from Oklahoma City. All but three of his pitches were fastballs, which Ferguson threw in the 93-to-96 mph range.“I wasn’t trying to stay away from the curveball because it didn’t feel right or anything,” Ferguson said. “I just know that when it’s right I know I’m in a pretty good spot to throw (the fastball).”The 22-year-old left-hander described his stint at Triple-A as a “mental blow.” Ferguson said he made no intentional changes to his pitch grip, his mechanics or even his pitch selection.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers officially placed Corey Seager on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Wednesday, with a strained left hamstring. He is expected to be sidelined for perhaps a month or more.An MRI taken Wednesday confirmed a strain that has been classified as Grade “1-slash-2,” Manager Dave Roberts said. There is no formal timetable for Seager to return, though 4-to-6 weeks is the expectation. The 25-year-old shortstop will need several days of rest before he can begin to rehabilitate the injury.“I really don’t know, but I can’t see four, five, six days before he can really start thinking about working in the other direction,” Roberts said. “Right now we’re just trying to calm things down.”The injury comes just as Seager had regained his All-Star form. After missing most of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery to his right elbow and arthroscopic surgery on his left hip, Seager started slowly this season. But he was 17 for 37 (.459) with seven doubles and a home run during a nine-game hitting streak through Tuesday. Since May 4, he was batting .331 (40 for 121) with 13 doubles, six home runs and 28 RBIs in 32 games. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Matt Beaty (hip flexor) was activated from the IL on Thursday. Chris Taylor is expected to become the primary shortstop in Seager’s absence.A versatile utility player, Taylor won’t make the Dodgers miss Seager’s defense. His bat is another matter. Through Wednesday, Taylor’s .674 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) was tied with Kiké Hernandez for the lowest among the Dodgers’ regulars. His batting average didn’t crack .200 until May 5. He entered Thursday’s game against the Cubs with six hits and 16 strikeouts in his last 40 at-bats.Facing a left-handed pitcher (Jon Lester) in the opener of a four-game series, Hernandez started in left field with Taylor at shortstop and Max Muncy at second base.Seager did not speak to reporters Thursday. Roberts said the 25-year-old shortstop was understandably sore and disappointed by the news.“We’ve done everything as an organization, Corey’s done everything, as far as taking care of himself,” Roberts said. “The thing that’s disappointing, disheartening for him, is there’s no signs of that – fatigue, soreness, any type of strain a little bit before that to give him a little bit of a heads up. There was nothing. It was kind of out of the blue. That’s probably the most disappointing, outside of missing time.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Yet after allowing six runs across his final two relief appearances for the Dodgers, Ferguson dominated Triple-A. He allowed two hits in six scoreless innings, walking two batters and striking out 11.“I just gave myself a little mental break to not even think about baseball for three days,” he said. “I didn’t look at or pick up a ball for three days. I went down there, played catch, and everything fell right in line.”POLLOCK UPDATEOutfielder A.J. Pollock had the peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line removed from his left biceps. Pollock, who had been working out already, can now resume baseball activities, Roberts said.Doctors inserted the PICC line on May 2 to treat a staphylococcus bacteria infection. There is no timetable for his return.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Rich Hill) vs. Cubs (RHP Kyle Hendricks), Friday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AMStaff Writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this notebook. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error