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Fourth graders learn about farming

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TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Most South Georgia schoolchildren don't know much about life on the farm, but Thursday some local school children got a chance to find out what it's like to live off of the land.

More than 1300 fourth graders from around South Georgia gathered at the University of Georgia campus in Tifton. They saw displays on how crops such as peanuts are grown and how cotton is harvested.

They even saw some of the animals and machinery of the farm. Organizers say that learning about how farmers live and work helps them to appreciate what they have.

"This is what we're trying to do is to give them an idea of where the peanut butter comes from, where the shirt and the jeans comes from," said Benjie Balbree of the University of Georgia's Tifton Campus.

This is the 11th time that UGA Tifton has hosted elementary school students. Next Spring, another group of students - this time third graders - will pay a visit to the UGA Tifton campus.

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