To be based in Griffin, Tifton and Athens counties, the new turfgrass research and education facilities are further proof of the University of Georgia's commitment to an industry that provides 87,000 full- and part-time jobs within the state.
The creation of the new facilities- which are funded in part by a 2014 legislative session in which Gov. Nathan Deal approved $11.5 million for turfgrass facilities enhancement- will involve replacing outdated ones with labs, greenhouses, classrooms and office spaces.
"Turfgrass is one of Georgia's largest agricultural commodities, and the future of the turfgrass industry- now valued at nearly $8 billion- is very bright," said UGA President Jeres W. Morehead. "Our turfgrass scientists conduct leading research, provide training to industry professionals and prepare students to be leaders in turfgrass management."
Founded in the 1950s, UGA's turfgrass program began with breeding warm-season grass; since then, turf developed at UGA has been underfoot at World Cup tournaments, Olympic venues and local fields.
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