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Newton County Ag Center dedicated to former GFB President Ewing

On Jan. 26, Newton County opened its new ag center and named it after former Georgia Farm Bureau President T. M. “Mort” Ewing.

T.M. “Mort” Ewing Newton County Ag Center is located at the FFA-FCCLA Camp off Ga. Hwy. 36 south of Covington.

“The FFA and 4-H programs in the state of Georgia have so many opportunities for our young people,” said Ewing, who served as GFB President from1988 to 1994. “The first time I came to this FFA camp, I had just finished the eighth grade. Just think about all the things that have occurred in this camp since I was in the eighth grade. Needless to say, this is a great honor for me today to stand before you and thank all of those who have made this wonderful accomplishment possible.”

The center features a 10,800-square-foot covered and climate-controlled arena, a 10,000-square-foot barn that can hold up to 100 cows and a 35,000-square-foot horse arena. It has classrooms, concessions, office space, bleachers and other amenities. The $5 million facility can be used to host regional and statewide FFA and 4-H events.

Ewing, who served for 12 years on the Newton County Board of Commissioners, said the project was 15 years in the making, after a 2004 livestock show was filled beyond capacity. Ewing, along with local and state officials, raised money to build the new place, using a Special-Purpose, Local Option Sales Tax, state funding and private donations. Construction began in December 2016.