A GLUT OF PEANUTS
GA PLANTING FEWER ACRES, SURPLUS GOING TO HAITI
peanut farmers say they will plant
1.48 million acres in
2016, which is
9 percent less than they planted in 2015 because there is a
peanuts from last year, according to
Southeast Farm Press.
Georgia, which supplies
nearly half of all
peanuts in the
United States, planted
785,000 peanut acres last year. Georgia growers say they will
drop peanut acreage in 2016 to
730,000 acres, about
55,000 fewer acres.
"It's a good thing for peanuts to be down because we needed to reduce peanut acres from a supply-demand standpoint to
reduce the surplus the industry has. But it all will
depend on what yields end up
being as to how much we decrease the surplus,"
Nathan Smith, Clemson University Extension economist, told the Southeast Farm Press
Because of this year's surplus, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just announced that it is sending 500 metric tons of packaged, dry-roasted U.S. peanuts to school children in Haiti.
The project in Haiti, where the
United Nations will distribute the peanuts, is funded by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
says the surplus peanuts will "
140,000 malnourished kids
for a full school year. Having food available for the kids increases their attendance at school and improves their ability to learn."
USDA's announcement about
shipping peanuts to Haiti has been met with a number of
critical responses on the USDA's website.
"Its an admirable concept," one commenter wrote, "but
why on earth are you
importing American peanuts when peanuts are
one of the few agricultural products Haiti is able to
produce? Do you realize you are totally
undermining the local peanut market and therefore putting the farming communities, whose children you are trying to help, increasingly at risk by jeopardizing their livelihood!??"
Another person wrote: "
NO! NO! NO! Please stop washing out local economies with these hare-brained schemes, already! I am a U.S. citizen who lives in HAITI -- this is a TERRIBLE idea! Please invest in the HAITIAN farmer instead! This "gift from the American people" will be a fishbone on which we will all choke -- Haitian farmers whose market is flooded by cheap imports will further resent all American humanitarian intervention which has left them jobless and hungry."
TIFTONITES ATTEND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
Tifton was well represented on the
red carpet during
Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards Show in
Kip Moore and
Cyndi Thomson, who
both have had
No. 1 country hits, attended the
51st ACM Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Moore will be an opening act for Miranda Lambert's "Keeper of the Flame Tour" this summer, which comes to Jacksonville, Fla., on June 12.
Thomson recently signed a new promotion/record deal and is releasing a new single, "Sippin' Wine On The Water," on May 16.
TIFT JOBLESS RATE EDGES UP
Tift County's unemployment rate was
up slightly in February to
5.9 percent; it
was 5.6 percent in
January, according to the
Ga. Department of Labor.
Ben Hill County (Fitzgerald) had the
highest jobless rate with
8.9 percent, but it has dropped from the
previous month when it was
Irwin County (Ocilla) is at
8.3 percent from
8.2 percent previously;
Turner County (Ashburn) 6.7 percent, previously
6.8 percent; and
Worth County (Sylvester) at
6.1 percent, up from
Georgia, the January jobless rate of
5.4 percent rose slightly to 5.6 percent in February. The state has a
4.8 million with
out of work.
Nationwide, the unemployment rate for January stood at 5.3 percent, dipping to 5.2 percent in February.
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BROADWAY MUSIC TONIGHT AT ABAC
"A Night of Broadway Music" is featured tonight, April 5, during the First Tuesday Concert Series at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Always one of the most popular First Tuesday events, the evening marks the end of the 2015-16 First Tuesday season.
The 7 p.m. performance in the Chapel of All Faiths will include past and present ABAC music majors as well as Blane Jacobs, Scott and Susan Spivey, and Brian Marchant, who are friends of the First Tuesday series and of the ABAC music program. Dr. Susan Roe, head of the ABAC Department of Fine Arts and director of the First Tuesday Series, will also be featured.
Among songs to be performed are
"Summertime" from "Porgy and Bess;"
a selection from "Nunsense;" "This Nearly Was Mine" from "South Pacific;" "Ol' Man River" from "Showboat;"
"Ordinary Day;" "Agony" from "Into the Woods;"
"Look Down" from "Les Miserables;" "You'll Never Walk Alone" from "Carousel;" and "Lily's Eyes" from "Secret Garden."
concert is open to the public.
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TIFTON COUNCIL OF GARDEN CLUBS TO PRESENT
'PETER RABBIT & HIS FRIENDS' FLOWER SHOW
The Council of Garden Clubs of Tifton Inc. presents a standard flower show "Peter Rabbit and His Friends."
The show is Friday, April 8, from 2-4:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at ABAC.
The event is a "whimsical and mystical journey with Peter Rabbit and his friends" as you enjoy the creative floral designs, functional and exhibition tables, educational exhibits and horticulture entries of the flower show as seen through a child's eyes.
An entire section for junior gardeners showcase their educational exhibits, horticulture entries and design exhibits from ages preschool- seven, 8-12 years and ages 13-18.
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PINWHEELS, BOWS & BLUE MARK
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Tift County Council on Child Abuse began the month
pinwheel ceremony at the Tift County Recreation Department. Each pinwheel represents one of the 602 children in Tift County who were reported as abused or neglected in 2015.
The Child Abuse Council is also selling blue bows for one's business or home to show support of child abuse prevention. Bows are $20 and tax deductible. Call 229-382-5172 for details.
Along with Child Abuse Prevention Month; the
Tift County Commission on Children & Youth (TCCCY) is asking residents to wear blue
on Friday, April 8. On that day, folks across Georgia will join to make a visible commitment to preventing child abuse and supporting strong families and healthy children, says
Lillie McEntyre of the
Commission on Children & Youth.
She is asking individuals to take photos of themselves wearing blue on Friday and
sharing it on social media, as well as
e-mailing it to the TCCCY at
McEntyre said the blue-ribbon campaign began in spring 1989 when a grandmother from Virginia started it as a tribute to her grandson, a three-year old who died at the hands of his mother's abusive boyfriend.
SE TURFGRASS CONFERENCE SET APRIL 26
Sod farmers, landscape professionals and sports turf managers interested in learning more about the
turfgrass industry's latest innovations
may attend the
70th Annual Southeastern Turfgrass Conference
on April 26 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center.
The event begins at 8 a.m., with registration and breakfast, and concludes at 5 p.m.
turfgrass research on the
UGA Tifton Campus has focused on improving
drought-resistant turfgrass and finding ways to
reduce the amount of
fertilizer needed to grow turfgrass, says
Brian Schwartz, a UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences turfgrass breeder.
Industry experts and UGA faculty will
provide updates on the progress made through the UGA turfgrass breeding program, discuss different pesticide and fungicide management tactics and share best management practices for turfgrass.
Along with these turf-related topics, experts will be on hand to discuss tax-related issues and succession planning. Schwartz says he believes these topics will be beneficial to farmers.
The cost to attend is $100 for the full conference or $50 for the morning session.
ABAC CONCERT CHOIR RAISES VOICES
IN CONCERT ON THURSDAY, APRIL 7
The voices of the 60 members of the Concert Choir at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will blend in harmony at 7 p.m. April 7 in the annual Spring Choral Concert in Howard Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.
Dr. Susan Roe, ABAC fine arts department head and choral music director, said the performance will begin with "The Star Spangled Banner" followed by the ABAC Alma Mater. Soloists Lauren Lever, Taylor Walker and Matt Fuller will then perform "Great Day." Lever is a vocal major from Tifton; Walker is a vocal major from Omega; and Fuller is a voice major from Fitzgerald.
The Concert Choir will then sing "Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11" followed by "Sonnet of the Moon."
The ABAC Jazz Choir and the ABAC Jazz Combo and Instrumental Ensemble will perform "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Sway" and "They Can't Take That Away from Me."
The ABAC Chamber Singers will sing "I Carry your Heart with Me" and "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel." The evening will conclude with the Concert Choir performing "True Light." Soloists Terrence Gibson Jr., a vocal major from Baxley; and Landon Rowe, a rural studies-writing and communication major from Ocilla, will be featured.
For information, contact Roe at 229-391-4943.
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