Georgia Peanut Commission to dedicate education center Sept. 6

The Georgia Peanut Commission plans to host a dedication of the commission’s education center on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 4:30 p.m., at the GPC office in Tifton. The GPC office is located at 445 Fulwood Blvd. Tifton, GA 31794. Members of the public are invited to attend. “We are proud of our education center and the opportunities it provides visitors to learn more about Georgia peanuts,” Tim Burch, GPC board member and peanut farmer from Baker County said. “Visitors can learn everything from production, to economics, to global impact; all important aspects of Georgia’s official state crop.” The new education center features interactive touchscreen monitors with peanut-specific activities and games, self-guided exhibits related to the peanut business, global implications, how peanuts grow and are harvested, as well as an eight minute video of peanut production from land prep to harvest viewable in 3-D format. Additionally, a live peanut plant exhibit is set up to allow visitors to see a peanut plant growing. Not only can visitors see the stems and leaves, the exhibit also showcases the roots and pegs forming underground through tempered glass. Furthermore, the education center features the Georgia Peanut Hall of Fame portraits. Members of the Hall of Fame are recipients of the highest award given by GPC and have demonstrated leadership and stimulation of peanut industry growth, development, research and education. The center’s newest addition includes hand-painted murals by local artist, Jill Whitley. The murals depict peanut production in South Georgia and feature peanut industry agribusinesses.  The Georgia Peanut Commission education center has been made possible through industry support and Georgia peanut farmers. The GPC board of directors invites everyone to attend the dedication event and celebrate the commission’s efforts to educate others about Georgia peanuts. For more information about the programs of the Georgia Peanut Commission, visit www.gapeanuts.com.