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July 2, 2014

Congressman visits UGA-Tifton to talk ag research

TIFTON — Agricultural research was the focus of one United States Congressman’s visit to the University of Georgia Tifton Campus on Wednesday.

John Barrow, who resides in Savannah and represents Georgia’s 12th Congressional District, received a behind-the-scenes look at research being conducted at one of UGA’s three College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences campuses. Various topics included peanut breeding merging traditional and molecular genetics, water resource management, Palmer Amaranth’s impact on cotton (specifically herbicide resistance in weeds) and vegetable production in Georgia, mainly Vidalia onions.

“We tried to emphasize how important agriculture is to this state. Then, we also emphasized some areas that are important to his part of the state, specifically Vidalia onions, which we research here,” said Joe West, assistant dean on the UGA Tifton Campus. “We focused on things that are important to his district, important to Georgia and can help him be better informed as he goes back to Washington, D.C.”

Barrow’s tour started with a visit to the Future Farmstead, a UGA CAES project that focuses on energy conservation and the future of food and water. Barrow, who serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee in the House of Representatives, was impressed with the research that was discussed.

“We’ve got all kinds of agricultural facilities in my district that I tour all the time, but this is the first time I’ve had a chance to visit outside my district here in Tift County and see what’s going on down here,” Barrow said. “A lot of us all over the state benefit from the kind of research that’s done here. I thought it was important to come down and see for myself what’s going on, what works and what we can do to help.”

Barrow is currently serving his fifth term as a Georgia Congressman.

For more information on the UGA Tifton Campus, see http://www.caes.uga.edu/campus/tifton/.

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