Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

March 10, 2014

Georgia’s future and its forests

-- — Georgia’s economy was built and is still sustained by its natural resources. Today, agriculture remains the number one economic engine in the state, and a large part of that engine still runs off of Georgia’s forestry-related industries.

Although children are not as exposed to jobs in the outdoors as they once were, through programs such as 4H and FFA (Future Farmers of America), they can learn valuable skills that may lead them to a viable career path.

Today, the Langdale Company will once again host the annual Forestry Field Day for area students as it has for more than 30 years.

Dedicated to the land, forest conservation and preservation, and the protection of the state’s water, animal and plant resources, the company understands the importance of reaching students in middle and high school to encourage their interest at a young age.

Students will compete in the competition at Southwind Sporting Clays in several categories, all designed to test their knowledge of basic forestry skills, such as tree identification, land measurement, timber cruising, and more. These students practice and learn at regional competitions such as this one before advancing on to state competitions and beyond.

In today’s technology-driven society, it’s often forgotten that not all skills can be taught on a computer. Technology is widely used in agriculture and forestry, but the hands-on learning and skills taught through these programs remain an invaluable asset. The various hog and steer shows, the forestry days, the ham and egg show and more all help teach today’s youth essential skills that will translate well into just about any career they choose.

Encouraging students to learn about the land and conservation, about animals, about nature and the environment is important and has lifelong applications that are invaluable. Thanks to the sponsors of the field day and other such events, to the schools, and to the parents who allow their children to participate.

Text Only
What We Think
  • Regional shopping makes sense

    This weekend is the tax-free holiday in Georgia.

    July 31, 2014

  • Focus now on what lies within

    Forty-three years ago the federal mandate to desegregate Valdosta City Schools was necessary.

    July 30, 2014

  • The Times belongs to you

    The Valdosta Daily Times belongs to you. As we move forward with new leadership in our newsroom, we want you to know about our continued commitment to the communities we serve.

    July 28, 2014

  • The art of plenty to do

    In Sunday’s paper, readers found an extensive list of shows, exhibits, concerts and more for the upcoming arts seasons in Valdosta-Lowndes County.

    July 27, 2014

  • The power of One

    Christine Batson wondered the same thing that many people wonder.

    July 26, 2014

  • Thumbs Up

    THUMBS UP: To Air Force Lt. Col. David Rayman. The 75th Fighter Squadron commander recently logged 3,000 flight hours in the A-10C Thunderbolt II. A rare feat. In presenting a Moody Air Force Base story on his accomplishment in The Times, it’s good to see the face and know the name of one of the many pilots who cross our South Georgia skies. Congratulations on 3,000 and thank you for your service.

    July 26, 2014

  • Closing another summer chapter

    The South Georgia Regional Library brings its 2014 summer reading program to a close this weekend with an event that celebrates readers and writers.

    July 24, 2014

  • Countdown for voter apathy

    If you don’t think your vote counts, talk to Ellis Black and John Page today.

    July 24, 2014

  • Vote to remove signs

    Congratulations to the winners in the primary runoff election Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Runoff election counts today

    Today is an election day that started just a little more than two months ago.

    July 21, 2014

Top News

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results