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  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
  • Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:12:23 GMT
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>

October 18, 2007  

Moultrie-  University research is changing the agriculture industry, whether it's ways to make plants pest-resistant, or an alternative fuel for trucks and tractors. Thirteen different Universities are looking at ways to improve a farmers output.

Can you imagine using pond scum to power your truck or car? How about chicken fat? Researchers at the University of Georgia can. It's part of their exhibit at the Sunbelt Ag Expo. In fact they say oil from those products and alcohol from others can be used as green alternative fuel sources.

"We've looked at using watermelons and any kind of bakery waste all these things which often go to the landfill can be converted into fuel," said Dr. John Goodrum, of the University of Georgia Engineering Department.

At the University of Florida, researchers are stripping down the DNA of peanuts, grass, strawberries, and other plants hoping to engineer better yields for farmers.

"Crops that use less water, crops that use less pesticide, crops that use less fertilizer, these are all things that they look at improving with genetic improvement," said Ryan Atwood, University of Florida, Extension Agent.

At Auburn, horticulturists say drought conditions, have prompted researchers to look at what can be done to help plants survive with less water.

"Investigate plant varieties and selections that are more drought tolerant, try to develop irrigation systems , watering systems that work better," said Dave Williams, Auburn University Horticulturist.

Researchers say their work is a glimpse at the future, what may be done on farms two or three years from now.

"We're not just doing research to do research the idea is to do research that can be applied in the field and make our farmers more productive in our country, " said Atwood.

It's those applications farmers say that could help their bottom line and help them produce higher quality more abundant crops. Some of that research has already been put to use in the field.

In April, all 47 buses at the University of Georgia started using bio-diesel fuel made from chicken fat.

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