April 5, 2016
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U.S. 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 glut of 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.  The USDA says the surplus peanuts will " help feed nearly 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."

But the 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."

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Tifton was well represented on the red carpet during Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards Show in Las Vegas.

Native Tiftonites 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 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.

Around the Tiftarea, Ben Hill County (Fitzgerald) had the highest jobless rate with 8.9 percent, but it has dropped from the previous month when it was 9.2 percent.

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 5.8 percent.

Across Georgia, the January jobless rate of 5.4 percent rose slightly to 5.6 percent in February. The state has a workforce of 4.8 million with 270,606 people out of workNationwide, the unemployment rate for January stood at 5.3 percent, dipping to 5.2 percent in February.

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"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."

The  free  concert is open to the public.

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From left, Genie McCook, NGC accredited master judge and design chairman; Virginia Pennington, NGC accredited life judge and president of Tifton Council of Garden Clubs; and Connie Ewing, NGC accredited master judge and flower show chairman.
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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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Tift County Council on Child Abuse began the month  with a  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.


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.

Recent 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. 


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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