Thursday, July 26, 2007
Ag study group visits Marshall County
By SUE WATSON
Members with the 2007 Saluda County, S.C., Soil and Water Conservation District Ag Study Tour visited Walter Place Estate, Cottages and Gardens and Fitch Farms/Galena Plantation Thursday as part of their annual tour.
Phil Perry, county extension agent, said the tour helps districts learn more about diversification of agriculture in various regions of the country. The yearly tour also serves as a fact-finding tour where members exchange ideas and develop contacts while also learning about lifestyles, historical places and the flavor of an area, he said.
“I saw a million dollar walking horse today in Collierville,” he said.
The tour began with a visit to Paris, Tenn., Monday, a visit to a country ham processing plant, and a tour of the University of Tennessee Experiment Station in Jackson. From there the group visited the Silver Caboose in Collierville then visited Memphis, spending a day at the Agri-center, Graceland, the Mississippi River and eating at the Rendezvous.
The group moved on Thursday to Collierville, Grand Junction, Tenn., before arriving in Holly Springs. The tour ended in Oxford.
The annual tour is educational and informative and people meet who are a help to each other later, Perry said.
“We pick up more friends and ask them to come to us and make presentations,” he said. “You can’t know it all. Networking, partnerships and relationships are a part of it.”
Last year Saluda County Soil and Water visited Lancaster, Pa, and in other recent years has travelled to Gainesville, Fla., the Shenandoah Valley, Va., Lexington, Ky., and Holmes County, Ohio.
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