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Budget cuts will force Georgia Agrirama to make cuts

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TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Drastic cuts will force the Georgia Agrirama to make major changes when the new fiscal year starts in July.

The 95-acre living history museum is losing 31 percent of its state money.

Managers already ordered furloughs and cut half a dozen employees this fiscal year.

In the coming year, they'll have more layoffs and furloughs.

They'll have to get rid of more than 20 interpreters and teachers and re-tool their workshops.

"Our real expense and value to the state is our workshops where we have thousands of children coming through each year so that's where we get into potentially having to reduce or restructure, which in turn hinders our ability to generate income," Said James Higgins, Agrirama Executive Director.

The workshops will be revamped to make them less labor intensive.

They've also implemented energy-saving measures to cut utility bills.

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