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JUNE 6, 2017
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'DESTINATION AG' RECEIVES $1 MILLION
LANGDALE FOUNDATION CONTINUES ABAC'S AG MUSEUM PROGRAM

The Harley Langdale Jr. Foundation has committed $1 million during the next four years to continue the "Destination Ag" program at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Destination Ag, in operation since September, connects students and teachers to the importance of agriculture and natural resources in their daily lives. Last  August, the Langdale Foundation announced a $250,000 gift to the ABAC 
Foundation to launch a major agriculture and natural resources literacy program at the museum. Since then, Destination 
ABAC sophomore Sarah Procosch assists a Destination Ag student with an up-close encounter with a sheep at the Ga. Museum of Agriculture.
Ag has touched the lives of 5,000 elementary students in Tift, Colquitt and Cook counties.

"ABAC and the staff at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture exceeded our expectations during the inaugural year of Destination Ag's operation," said Donnie Warren, Foundation executive director. "They are raising the bar for agriculture and natural resource education in our area."

Museum Director Garrett Boone said the additional funding enhances the educational mission of the museum, which became a part of ABAC in 2010.

"For the past nine months, the Harley Langdale Jr. Foundation has allowed us to provide a dynamic, living laboratory through Destination Ag that showcases agriculture and natural resources by offering transformational experiences to children and teachers across South Georgia," Boone said.

Key components of the program include hands-on museum field trips for the young learners focusing on the value of agriculture and natural resources with an emphasis on careers.

"By taking part in Destination Ag, these kids know where their lettuce and tomatoes and beef come from," said Wesley Langdale, the Foundation's chairman. "Everyone in this country wants safe food. Our kids need to know that we grow our own."

Boone said that as the program develops, students in second through fifth grades will be added in the counties of Berrien, Irwin, Turner, Ben Hill and Worth.
TIFTON'S NEW 
FIRE CHIEF
GETS  FORMAL
INTRODUCTION

Newly designated Tifton Fire Chief Bobby Bennett was formerly introduced to City Council and the public Monday night at Tifton City Council's workshop.

Bennett is a 21-year veteran of the Tifton Fire Department. City Manager Pete Pyrzenski said Bennett was chosen for the promotion following an extensive nationwide search for a new fire chief.

He succeeds Chief Michael Coleman, who recently retired,


In photo at right, Chief Bennett's wife Melissa pins him with his new chief's badge Monday night.

UGA TIFTON'S 'COWBOY'  PERENNIAL PEANUT PLANT AVAILABLE FOR HOME-OWNERS

The University of Georgia-bred "Cowboy" perennial peanut plant doesn't produce edible peanuts, but this new cultivar offers home-owners a colorful addition to ornamental beds and a supplemental source of nitrogen for surrounding grasses.

UGA scientist Wayne Hanna released the perennial ornamental peanut in 2015 while working on the UGA Tifton campus. He believes the cultivar's versatility allows it to be used in multiple ways and makes it an appealing option for homeowners.
The UGA Tifton campus released the 'Cowboy' perennial peanut, which produces robust, yellow blooms.
"It can be used as an ornamental and, at the same time, provides vital nutrients to your lawn or citrus orchard. You can also grow it on hillsides along roadways to provide erosion control," Hanna said. "It is a very
HANNA
versatile plant that should warrant consideration."

The "Cowboy" perennial peanut produces a robust, yellow flower that's a little darker than a normal peanut bloom. If it's mowed regularly, the peanut plant will flower proficiently. It usually flowers from May through September

If it's not mowed regularly, the peanut plant can grow as high as 12 to 14 inches and can be cut for hay. Horses with sensitive palates may desire the finer stem and leaf over conventional peanut hay.

The plant also provides an attractive option for ornamental beds.

"Ornamental plants provide color and character to a home-owner's lawn. With the 'Cowboy' perennial peanut and its distinct yellow blooms, this is an attractive option that will not only bring life to a lawn but also serve as a tremendous source of nitrogen," said Larry Baldree, a research professional in UGA Tifton's turfgrass program.

To see 'Cowboy' in full bloom, visit the UGA Tifton campus, where it is produced in multiple plots.

RAILWAY MUSEUM
HOSTS OPEN HOUSE

The Tifton Terminal Railway Museum will host an art exhibit and open house with r ailroad artist Frank Crowe from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the museum at 120 S. Tift Ave. in Tifton.

Crowe, who lives in Calhoun, is known for his meticulous watercolors of current and bygone railway scenes. 


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RIBBON CUTTING
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June 6

 

MISS GA FORESTRY PAGEANT RETURNS
TO TIFTON FRIDAY, SATURDAY

The 78th Annual Miss Georgia Forestry State Scholarship Pageant begins at 5 p.m. Friday, June 9, at the Tift County High Performing Arts Center.

The pageant Friday involves Baby, Teeny and Tiny Miss; it continues at 5 p.m. Saturday with Little and Junior Miss.

The host Tift County queens will be competing against other forestry queens from counties throughout the state for the Georgia Forestry titles. 

 The pageant is open to the public.


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