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Ag tour will highlight economy drivers
by Jebb Johnston
Oct 14, 2013 | 129 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Today’s annual agriculture and forestry tour will highlight two key drivers of the local economy.

The Alliance Agriculture and Forestry Tour and Banquet will take place in two parts, with the tour beginning at 2 p.m. and the banquet at 6 p.m. at the extension service next to Crossroads Arena. Participants will get a look at the new water treatment plant east of Corinth and conservation practices at two Alcorn County farms.

“The main vision behind the meeting and banquet is to emphasize the impact that agriculture has on the local and state economy,” said County Director Patrick Poindexter with the Mississippi State Extension Service. “The agriculture industry in general accounts for over one-third of the jobs in Mississippi, and it’s a viable and important part of our local economy.”

Driving that point home will be the keynote banquet speaker, George Hopper, who at Mississippi State University is a professor of forestry, dean of the College of Forest Resources, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center and director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

The first tour stop is the surface water treatment plant east of Corinth for a look at operations at the facility delivering water to the city from the Tenn-Tom Waterway. It’s then on to a couple of Kossuth area farms of Phillip Mathis and Larry Rickman for a look at conservation practices implemented with the help of the local USDA office.

In addition to remarks by Hopper, the banquet will include presentation of The Alliance Ag Stewardship Award and the John Vaughn Memorial Award, as well as recognition of recipients of The Alliance’s ag scholarship — Daniel Derrick, Michayla Leonard, Kaitlynn Mynatt and Sayde Turner.

The tour will depart the extension service at 2 p.m.
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