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County agriculture tour and banquet highlight local Ag industries
Posted 03 - 20 - 2008
Above: A variation of Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” image designed by Donna Maisel for “East Texas Gothic: History of Nacogdoches County Agriculture,” the agriculture banquet program that will be presented by Dr. Archie McDonald.

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Agriculture tour
A tour scheduled for Friday, March 28, will allow participants to see several agriculture industries in Nacogdoches County.

"The Ag Tour will highlight several businesses that have been here in the county for many years while also highlighting a relatively new business as well." Nacogdoches County Extension Agent Chad Gulley said. "The KJ Ranch and Tilapia Farm is the first stop on our tour, followed by a visit to Texas Farm Products. After lunch, we will visit Bright Coop operations."

Tour participants will meet at 8 a.m. at the Nacogdoches County Exposition Center for a light breakfast and there, board a bus for the day’s tour. Lunch is also provided and will be served at 11:45 a.m. and is sponsored by Heritage Land Bank and Agriland Farm Credit Service. The tour is expected to conclude by 2 p.m.

The agriculture tour is free of charge and open to the public. Reservations are required and must be made by Wednesday, March 25. Contact Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Nacogdoches County at 936-560-7711 to make a reservation.

Agriculture banquet
The seventh annual Nacogdoches County Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness Banquet will be held Monday, March 31 at The Fredonia. Dr. Archie P. McDonald is the keynote speaker and will present “East Texas Gothic: History of Nacogdoches County Agriculture.”

“We’ll explore the overall agriculture experience in Nacogdoches County, the industries and their contributions and impact,” Dr. McDonald said. “There’s a lot to learn from our agriculture pioneers and those that earn their living under the sun.”

Also during the banquet, award recipients will be honored – Wayne, Worth and Wyman Jacobs as Farm Family of the Year; Wilsie Clark as Agriculture Pioneer; Cal-Tex Lumber Co., Inc. as Agri-business of the Year; and Dr. David Creech as Agriculture Educator of the Year.

Multiple scholarships will be awarded to Nacogdoches County students attending the SFA College of Forestry. Students must be majoring in one of the following fields of study, Agriculture, Forestry, or Environmental Science.

The banquet begins with social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets for the Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness Banquet are $20 each and may be purchased by contacting the Chamber at 936-560-5533. Limited exhibit space is available at no cost. Contact Karen Tucker, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, at 936-560-7711 before March 25 for reserving exhibit space.

The agriculture banquet is a cooperative effort of local agencies that include Nacogdoches County Farm Bureau, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Forest Service, SFA Agriculture Department, NEDCO and Nacogdoches County Chamber.

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