Seventh District Congressman Roy Blunt's 14th annual Southwest Missouri Agriculture Tour will make three stops in Lawrence County. This year's tour will focus on the diversity of classic farms and showcase farming operations that represent the backbone of the regional agriculture sector.
The tour is organized to inform business leaders about the pivotal value and contribution made by agriculture to the economy and communities. Blunt has scheduled the event this year for June 21 and 22.
"As with past tours, the 2010 edition of the Southwest Missouri Agriculture Tour will highlight the diversity and fabric of the rural economy," Blunt said. "The 60 participants on the tour will see the technologies and management practices in use today that have kept southwest Missouri's billion dollar agriculture economy strong despite challenges from the national economy."
Stops have been selected to show longstanding farm operations engaged in dairy, beef cattle, poultry and horse operations, as well as raising row crops, forages, forestry management and specialty operations.
The Kingsley Brothers Farm near Miller will be the first Lawrence County stop on the first day, June 21. Tour participants will get a close-up look at the family's Plane Cents Aviation business, which operates five crop dusting airplanes. The tour will also stop nearby at the Shining Cross Farms to see the cow-calf operation run by the McCann family.
Other stops on the first day include: a seventh generation angus farm in Greene County; a goat farm near Carthage; 2,000-acre Arabian horse farm in northern McDonald County; a 238,000-bird poultry farm using the latest technology west of Longview; and a Koi fish farm east of Neosho.
The second day, June 22, will begin with the final stops in Lawrence County, including the Dotson family dairy farm, west of Marionville, and the 10-acre farm run by Nancy Halcomb on the Lawrence and Christian County line. The Halcomb farm provides an opportunity to look at methods guided by the United States Department of Agriculture to control Japanese honeysuckle, which has overgrown many forested areas that grew back after the 2007 ice storm.
Space on the tour is limited to the buses rented by Blunt's staff for the event. Others are welcome to visit the stops and listen to presentations but must provide their own transportation.
For more information, contact Dan Wadlington at 417-889-1800.