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Trisha Yearwood (above) says she is “delighted to hear about the Rural Studies program that ABAC has.” We’re with the country singing star and daughter of an Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) graduate. The Tifton, Georgia, college now offers seven Bachelor Degree programs, including the newest, Rural Studies. The Rural Studies program at ABAC includes a course in the history of rural America, research methods and history of the American economy. The program is designed for those who are interested in agriculture, rural development, rural non-profits or even rural journalism. To learn more, contact Paul Willis at (229) 391-4906, or go here.

While we’re promoting good programs, check out this upcoming seminar entitled “Enhancing Local and Regional Food Systems: Exploring the Research, What Works, and What We Need to Learn.” Now that even the White House has a garden, everybody is interested in eating local. This program (put on by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development) promises to bring together Extension agents, researchers and educators to discuss what is known and unknown about what works to enhance regional food systems. The session will be held May 19 and 20 in Kerhonkson, New York. To learn more, go here. 

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