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UGA, Zoo Atlanta Celebrate National Agriculture Month

March is National Agriculture Month. Zoo Atlanta, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the American Dairy Association are holding a special celebration for Georgia families.

"Agriculture is the number one industry in Georgia," said Janet Rodekohr, CAES public affairs manager. "To show Georgia families the exciting advancements in Georgia agriculture and to celebrate agriculture's contributions to the Georgia economy and quality of life, we are partnering with Zoo Atlanta for a day of family fun and education."

A to Z: Agriculture at the Zoo, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature education exhibits, fun events and entertainment for the whole family. Scientists from CAES, agricultural commodities and agribusinesses will showcase the latest in agricultural research and improvements.

Just for kids, the exhibit area will feature hands-on science exhibits and environmental protection displays. 4-H club members from around the state will have displays on their own project work in agriculture and the environment.

For adults, the event will showcase antique tractors, a plant doctor exhibit by Georgia Master Gardeners and the latest developments in the diverse fields of agriculture.

Walter Reeves, host of GPTV's Gardening in Georgia and WSB 750-AM's Lawn and Garden Show, will make an appearance to give gardening advice and answer gardening questions.

"We think this day will be very exciting, because it offers young adults, adults and children a chance to learn more and see more about the Georgia dairy industry and the nutritional importance of dairy to today's diet," said Louis Hogue, area manager, Southeast United Dairy Association. SUDIA is co-sponsoring this year's event with the American Dairy Association and the Georgia Milk Producers Association.

Visitors to the event don't want to miss the Got Milk? truck for free milk samples and your own milk mustache photo.

A to Z: Agriculture at the Zoo is free with admission to the zoo. For Zoo Atlanta tickets for March 24, contact your county Extension Service office, Zoo Atlanta's web site at www.zooatlanta.org or purchase tickets at the gate.

(Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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