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Milestones and Events

The first 50 years


1918: The Coastal Plain Experiment Station (CPES) – now UGA Tifton – was established in Tifton by an act of the Georgia General Assembly.



1922: The first office building – the H.H. Tift Building – was built for $17,120.



1936:
Dr. Glenn Burton (pictured), Dr. Paul M. Gilmer and Mr. P.A. Glick joined the staff.



1937: The Animal Science Building (far left) was built with a $50,000 grant from the Public Works Administration.



1944: Over 35 scientists conducted research on over 5,000 acres. Departments included: Agronomy, Animal Husbandry, Animal Diseases, Ag Engineering, Entomology, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Nematology and Soils.



1945:
Peanut harvesting combine was developed by Mr. James Shepherd. This same year, peanuts became the #1 cash crop in south Georgia.



1952: Branch stations increased in importance. We see the first mention (in the 1952 Annual Report) of branch stations in Reidsville, Plains and Alapaha.



1955: The original Administration Building was built for $290,000.



1960:
93% of the state's sweet potato crop planted with two station-bred varieties: GA Red and Earlysweet.



1962:
Diagnostic services for animal diseases attracted statewide support and gave the station recognition in livestock circles.


The second 50 years



1970: Construction began on the Rural Development Center.



1974:
The swine center was responsible for boar production becoming more efficient. Compared to the mid-1920's, pigs were reaching ideal market weight at half the time.



1987:
The first annual Georgia Peanut Tour visited campus.



1987: For the first time, the CPES was represented at the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie, Ga.



1988:
Dr. Gloria McCutcheon was the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in Entomology in the United States. Dr. Jim Todd served as her major professor.



1992: The CPES campus continued to expand with the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL) and the Vidalia Onion Research Facility.



2003:
The first undergraduate students began classes at UGA Tifton.



2004: The UGA Tifton Campus graduated its first four students.



2004:
The Cotton MicroGin was built. It was the only one in the U.S. designed to assess effects of growing techniques, environmental conditions, pest pressures and ginning on fiber quality.



2009:
The Future Farmstead Project – UGA's Water, Energy and People Efficient model home – was begun.



2010: TifSport, developed by Wayne Hanna in 1997, was used for World Cup soccer games in South Africa.



2013:
Plant DNA sequencing is being conducted by the Ozias-Akins Laboratory.


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