A visit to Tifton can be peaceful and calming, but it will never be boring! There are countless activities and attractions that allow you to take in the best of what the region has to offer. Whoever you are, whatever you like to do, we Think Tifton has something to make your visit one to remember.
All year ‘round, Tifton hums with activity. While it may be difficult to believe a city our size offers so much to do, it’s a welcome reality. From arts and agriculture to outdoor activities and antique shopping—whatever you’re in the mood for—you’ll find it right here. Best of all, you can always get to what’s going on here without traveling far. So when you THINK TIFTON, you’d better take your time and plan to stay awhile.
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is one of the premier colleges in the state of Georgia. The College was founded in 1908 as the Second District A&M School. With more than 3,000 students, 1,200 of which live on campus, ABAC provides quality practical education to a diverse group of students. With an abundance of student organizations, a wide-ranging music program, and a variety of intercollegiate and intramural athletic teams, there are many ways for students to get involved and develop a deeper connection with their college. Come visit Tift Hall and take a walk through the history of ABAC. The walls are filled with historic panels and the History Room has many interesting artifacts you wouldn't expect to find. The building is open from 8 - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 - 3 p.m. on Fridays. Contact Public Relations at 229.391.5055 if you would like to set up a guided tour.
The University of Georgia Tifton Campus is a major agricultural research, extension and teaching campus located in the heart of production agriculture in southern Georgia. With almost 500 total employees and more than 80 Ph.D. scientists on staff, research and educational programs are solving some of agriculture’s most difficult issues and helping farmers to be more productive, profitable and sustainable. Research on most of Georgia’s major row crops, vegetables, fruits and livestock is conducted here, and world class scientists improve plant genetics and deal with major pests including weeds, insects and disease and find better ways to feed and manage livestock. Students in the academic programs at UGA Tifton study under the tutelage of some of the best scientists in the country and are exposed to the latest advances in agricultural technology. The UGA Tifton Campus produces the advances in agricultural research and education to serve farmers, the agricultural industries, and students, ensuring a strong and growing agriculture in Georgia.
The Future Farmstead at the UGA Tifton Campus is the farm home of the future being built today, using the latest in high efficiency construction design and insulation, solar thermal and photovoltaic technology, geothermal heating and cooling, and an edible landscape. Designed and constructed to be a net zero energy home and net zero in water utilization, this farm home will be the home of graduate students who are studying renewable energy technology. Loaded with sensing technology, the home will be used to test the efficiency of energy generation. In addition the home will contain technology which allows the farmer to monitor and control many aspects of his farm from the home, saving energy, time and fuel. Many components incorporated into the home are available on the market today, making the use of much of this test bed feasible for the near future. This fascinating farm home demonstrates how a comfortable home will cost very little to operate and will enhance the farmer’s ability to manage his operation.
Southern Regional Technical Colleges’s Tifton Campus is a vital part of the economy and workforce development in the Tift County area. Southern Regional offers 150 degree, diploma and certificate prgorams in a seven-county area. You can find a Southern Regional campus in Thomas, Tift, Colquitt, Worth, Grady, Mitchell & Turner counties. The Tifton Campus spans over 160,000 square feet on 35 beautiful acres off I-75. Students gain skills in Business & Computer, Health Sciences, Personal & Public Service, and Technical & Industrial programs, and a perfect 100% of the school’s graduates leave SRTC’s Tifton Campus and walk into jobs in their fields of study or choose to continue their educations in the Tiftarea job market and beyond. Southern Regional is the local administrator of Georgia’s Quick Start program, an internationally-renowned job training program providing customized training for new or expanding companies. SRTC Tifton also offers numerous continuing education courses, Remote Automation Management Project (RAMP) training, and literacy classes, and administers the GED® examination. The Tifton Campus includes a state-of-the-art conference and seminar center for community training, meeting and other special event needs. SRTC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
The Georgia Peanut Commission was established in 1961 by the Georgia General Assembly as the official state commodity check-off board for peanuts. The Commission was charged with the duty of carrying out programs in the areas of research, education, and promotion. The Commission is directed by a board of five (5) farmer members from the five respective districts. Each board member has one farmer advisory board member they select from his district. Other advisory board members consist of the following: National Peanut Buying Points Association, the president of Georgia Farm Bureau, and the Georgia representative from the National Peanut Board. The officers of the board are chairman, vice-chairman, and treasurer, and come from within the five voting members.
The Commission is a quasi-state government organization (we are listed as an instrumentality of the State of Georgia, but we receive no tax dollars from the general public). The Commission was under the Georgia Department of Agriculture until state legislation separated the Commission into its own entity in 1989. The funding source of the Commission is the $2/ton assessment made to Georgia peanut farmers at the first point of sale. At the present time, the Commission funds roughly $1 million in research projects (23 from Commission funds directly; the remaining money is managed for the National Peanut Board), works actively in over 90 programs of promotion, and hosts the largest single-commodity show in the Southeast U.S. There are eight full time employees, one part-time hire back, one intern, and two student workers currently employed by the Commission.
Building Info: The new headquarters of the Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) was completed in the summer of 2012, and is located just off Interstate 75 at exit 63B. The new building is state of the art for government offices in the state of Georgia, and most definitely one of a kind. It is eco-friendly with little to no electrical needs other than what is produced through solar energy. The GPC headquarters is LEED certified at the Platinum Level. Some of the technologies that the building uses are a passive and active geo-thermal system for heating and cooling; natural light harvesting through strategically placed, large windows; rain and condensate harvesting to maintain water on the site and never send any water back into the local sewer system; etc. The offices of the Georgia Peanut Commission are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.