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Southern Culture to Agriculture

It all started with a message! A Tifton Native reached out to us with an idea, and we ran with it! The Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association hosted 21 Hungarian farmers, researchers & students on October 19th & 20th. The Hungarian farmers and agribusiness representatives came to South Georgia under the auspices of the agriculture attaché at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C.; the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture; and John E. Parkerson Jr., honorary consul of Hungary, who is an Atlanta attorney and Tifton native. They enjoyed the 45th Sunbelt Ag Expo on Tuesday, October 17th. Had a tour with Jason Dunn, the Executive Director at Fitzgerald Ben Hill Economic Development Authority on October 18th including dining at the only Hungarian restaurant in the state, Cafe Budapest. They were introduced to Hudson Pecan, Muscadine Products Corporation, Protein Plus, MANA (Mother Administered Nutritive Aid), toured a South Georgia peanut farm, and were given an overview of Georgia’s AG economy by Chris Chammoun. After a good night’s rest in Tifton, they got to get back on the road to Omega Cotton Gin, Tifton Quality Peanut, ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture, UGA Tifton Campus & ABAC’s Ag Science. The Tifton-Tift County Tourism Board joined us as we had a great supper at ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture. The following day we were able to tour the Georgia Peanut Commission & Lewis Taylor Farms. On our tour there was peanut farmer, Balla Zoltan. Balla referred to himself as the best peanut farmer in Hungry, with only 40 acres, he is the only peanut farmer. He was eager to learn, excited to see all he could learn as well as share some of his crop with us, the Georgia Peanut Commission & Tifton Quality Peanut. We are thankful for the friendships made, many stories that were told & that people across the nation #thinktifton for Agriculture!

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