Madison County Farm Bureau Annual Farm TourMar 31st, 2011 | By Submitted | Category: Outdoors
The Madison County Farm Bureau recently took their Annual Farm Tour, and this year, the group went west to the Wiregrass Area of South Alabama. They also toured a huge cattle operation in the northern part of Jackson County Florida. Southern Cattle Company runs over 4,000 head of mama cows, and they also sell bulls to the general public at various Bull Sales held during the year.
A certain highlight of this year’s tour was a visit to perhaps the largest worm farm in the southeast. This facility was located near Slocomb, Alabama. While the tour group was at the farm, they were actually harvesting the crop, and placing them into cups to be sold at bait shops all over the southeast.
The owners told the group that they feed over 800 tons of corn every year to maintain the worm population at the farm.
Farm Bureau members from Madison, Suwannee, Hamilton, Taylor and Lafayette County participated in this year’s tour. They even had a staff member of the Suwannee River Water Management District.
Another interesting stop was at Ogelsby Nursery, located in Calhoun County. This facility does tissue culture propagation to grow plants. That means they grow the tiny plants in test tubes in a sterile environment. They then plant their “new little plants” in their greenhouses, located on their property.
The Houston County Farmers Federation hosted a great dinner at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds.
The Farm Bureau ladies from Alabama gave the tour folks a goody bag filled with information on peanuts and other material.
Farm Bureau has been conducting this tour for over 10 years, and every year gets better and better than the previous tours. Perhaps the best thing that comes from these tours is the one- on- one conversation that our farmers have with farmers from other parts of the country.