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Governor Deal tours expanded Tifton Lab

Governor Nathan Deal is trying to make sure Georgia's agriculture industry remains one of the strongest. He toured the expanded lab for the Department of Ag in Tifton Wednesday.

Creating jobs was also on Deal's agenda. He handed out grants to many rural Georgia companies for their excellence in creating jobs in this tough market.

Governor Deal says he saw many great changes Wednesday in Tifton. But, it was a great day for the people of rural South Georgia as a whole.

Fuel samples are some of many new items found at the expanded labs at the Georgia Department of Agriculture Tifton Lab. The Governor says he saw it all.

"Everything from testing the weight and measures of things that are sold in our state, to testing the octane quality of gasoline's in our service stations, to our food safety," said Governor Deal. "That, of course, has been one of the primary functions of the lab for a long time."

The lab has almost tripled in size since it was first built. Deal says that is crucial for the state.

"That is a great addition to keeping Georgia products safe and keeping our agriculture industry on the cutting edge of new technologies and new developments and products," he said.

After seeing the lab, the Governor met with the newly created Rural Development Council for their swearing-in ceremony. He says the group should help create more jobs in Georgia.

"These are groups designed to try to stimulate growth in rural Georgia," said Deal. "We've appointed individuals from all the twelve regions of the state to serve on that first council."

The Governor finished off the morning by handing out grants to companies around the state to help them create jobs.

Two South Georgia companies got a grant. Tift County got four hundred thousand dollars for the American Textile Company and Coffee County got half a million dollars for Satilla Industry Park.

As for Deal, he says he is going overseas next week to compare rural business around the globe to Georgia's.

The Governor said today was especially important to him. He has a long history in agriculture. He was an active member of FFA back in his school days.

Deal also says the expansion will allow some workers from the Secretary of State's office to move to Tifton and work in the lab.


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