Georgia Peanut Tour

first_imgHome to the University of Georgia Tifton Campus and Georgia Peanut Commission, Tifton, Georgia, will host this year’s Georgia Peanut Tour. The annual tour, set for Tuesday, Sept. 13, to Thursday, Sept. 15, is designed for farmers, consultants and industry personnel to learn about current news, recent trends and research projects conducted for Georgia’s peanut industry.The UGA Peanut Team will be featured in the “Hot Topics” portion of the tour on Tuesday at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, as well as during an on-farm visit on Thursday, when the tour stops at the Lang Farm, a UGA research station.“The Georgia Peanut Tour is an important opportunity that the UGA Peanut Team has to educate our farmers and industry leaders about how the peanut crop has performed this year in relation to drought conditions, insects and disease pressure,” UGA Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort said. “We had a serious drought in Georgia this summer. How did that impact our dryland peanuts, which are half of the state’s peanut crop? That’s the type of question we’ll be answering.”In addition, UGA scientists will discuss research projects that are funded by the Georgia Peanut Commission and the peanut industry.This year’s tour stops include the Peanut Partners Buying Point and Premium Peanut LLC in nearby Douglas, Georgia. Attendees will also visit Golden Boy Foods in Fitzgerald, Georgia, as well as make multiple on-farm stops, including Armond Morris’ farm in Irwin County, Georgia, and Philip Grimes’ farm in Tifton. Both Morris and Grimes have been named the Southeastern Farmer of the Year at the Sunbelt Ag Expo, in 2002 and 2014 respectively. “The Georgia Peanut Tour offers an opportunity to showcase the peanut industry in Georgia to the product manufacturers who make peanut butter, candy and savory peanut snacks,” said Don Koehler, executive director of the Georgia Peanut Commission.For more information about the Georgia Peanut Tour, contact Hannah Jones at [email protected] or call 229-386-3475.last_img read more

EPA Gets Support to Ensure Effective Forest Monitoring Campaign

first_imgEPA Executive Director Madam Vohiri receives the motorbikesThe Liberia Forest Sector Project has donated five Toyota twin-cabin pickup trucks and four Honda motorbikes to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure the sustainable management of the forest sector.The Liberia Forest Sector Project is part of the Liberia Forest Program supported by the Government of Norway through a partnership with the Liberian government with respect to the proposed Forest Sector Investment and Technical Assistance Project.The Liberia Forest Sector Project also seeks to support and strengthen regulatory and institutional arrangements for implementation of REDD+; strengthen management of targeted forest landscapes; forest monitoring information system; and project monitoring and management.The vehicles and motorbikes were presented to EPA Executive Director Anyaa Vohiri by the National Coordinator of Liberia’s REDD+ project, Saah A. David Jr., at a brief ceremony on Monday, May 8, at the EPA’s head office in Monrovia.The ceremony attracted some senior staff, including EPA Deputy Executive Director Urias Goll; Assistant Manager of EPA’s ESIA Unit, Aloysius K. Kotee; and Jerry Toe, Head of Compliance and Enforcement.The National Coordinator of REDD+ said the donation is to help the institution to effectively monitor violations of the environment.Mr. David lauded some staff of the institution, including EPA Executive Director Vohiri, Z. Elijah Whapoe, Manager of Planning and Policy among others, for working tirelessly to ensure that the donation was possible.He cautioned the EPA to use the donation for the intended purpose, because the proper use of the pickups and bikes would attract more donations from the Norwegian Government.“This is just the beginning of the process. The Liberia Forest Sector Project has a lot in store, but it depends on how we make use of the first set of donations. The EPA is one of our key project implementing entities under the Liberia Forest Sector Project, and it stands to benefit not only materials, but also human capacity development,” Mr. David assured.He thanked Mrs. Vohiri and her deputy, Goll, for their leadership and said the Liberia Forest Sector Project would always count on them for their expertise.Mrs. Vohiri, who received keys to the vehicles and motorbikes on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Finance Minister Boima Kamara, lauded the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and the Norwegian Government for the donation.She said the donation was timely, because it will alleviate serious transportation challenges facing EPA staff outside Montserrado County.She warned the staff who would benefit from the donation against misusing the vehicles and motorcycles and cautioned them to use them in a responsible manner.“This is not a gift that we can use anyhow and anywhere. EPA’s role is to make sure that this project works, and you have to put in your mind also that in whatever way you use these vehicles and motorbikes should be for the success of this project and the success of EPA and Liberia,” she said, adding that it is very important for the FDA and the EPA to work together, and is happy with the partnership between the two institutions.According to Madam Vohiri, the EPA remains committed to the sustainable management of the forest sector, adding: “The forest sector is a major part of the environment, which is supporting our economic development.”The EPA is co-chair on the Liberia Forest Sector Project, with Finance Minister Kamara chairman of its Board of Directors. EPA’s mandate is to protect the environment and conserve biodiversity by implementing policies that ensure the long-term economic prosperity of Liberia through sustainable, social and economic development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more