GRIFFIN, Ga. – More than 200 people gathered on June 24 for a groundbreaking ceremony that brought new turfgrass research and education facilities on the University of Georgia’s campuses in Griffin, Tifton and Athens one step closer to completion.
Local, state, industry and UGA representatives met on the UGA Griffin campus to officially mark the university’s continued commitment to an industry that provides 87,000 full- and part-time jobs throughout the state.
The college has been serving the turfgrass industry for more than 60 years, starting in the 1950s with a warm-season turfgrass breeding program. UGA researchers—known as the Turf Team—continue to develop and evaluate new varieties, searching for those that require less fertilizer and are more drought-, disease- and pest-tolerant. In the college, 10 faculty members focus primarily on turf along with an additional eight researchers who have involvement in turf-related projects.
Turf developed at UGA has been underfoot on an international scale—at World Cup soccer tournaments and Olympic venues including the upcoming games in Japan—and gracing fields locally, including Sanford Stadium and the UGA practice facilities.
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