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Casey Ritz

Dr. Casey Ritz is a professor and the Extension Poultry Program coordinator in the Department of Poultry Sciences at the University of Georgia. Ritz has been an Extension poultry specialist for 28 years, working with poultry producers and allied companies on manure management, environmental and waste management issues, and agricultural ordinance regulations. The primary focus of his career has been the development of educational and research programs with an emphasis on poultry litter management and environmental issues involving waste utilization, nutrient management planning, environmental water, and air quality. Ammonia and dust control have also been focal areas for a number of years, with Ritz and the poultry air quality research team at UGA looking for ways to enhance traditional ammonia control measures and the implementation of new technologies to aid the poultry industry in emission reduction efforts.

Ritz is a native of Oregon and was raised in the Willamette Valley on a small farm where his family raised turkeys and sheep. He received his B.S. in Zoology and M.S. in Animal Science from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. in Poultry Science from Virginia Tech. In 2008, Ritz received the Poultry Science Association Phibro Extension Award for excellence in his Extension education and programming efforts and received the 2011 DW Brooks Excellence in Extension Award. He also served as the 2010 President of the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents. In his spare time Ritz enjoys being with his family, the outdoors, woodworking and custom pen turning.