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Lawrence County SWCD/NRCS Conducts Agriculture Tour

Conservation Showcase

Group photo of tour participants in front of a cotton roll baler.
More than 30 people participated in the Agriculture Tour in Lawrence County.

By Kathy Gotcher, District Conservationist, Moulton, AL

On October 19, 2011, the Lawrence County SWCS/SWCD conducted a West Flint Creek Watershed 319 Project/Agriculture Tour of Lawrence County.  There were 33  citizens, educators, and legislators and agency officials that participated in the tour.  This was also a kick-off event for Farm-City Month sponsored by the Lawrence County Cooperative Extension System.

The tour began at the USDA Agriculture Center and highlighted conservation practices installed through the West Flint Creek Watershed Project funded through Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM).  At the tour stops participants observed a frost freeze watering trough, heavy use area protection, residue management (no-till), and poultry waste storage facility.

The group then viewed a demonstration of the newest technology in cotton picking.  They visited a farm where a John Deere 7760 cotton picker formed round bales of cotton. The round bale is equal to 4 bales of cotton.  The group also visited Hillsboro Cotton Gin to view cotton ginning process.

The tour ended at the USDA Ag Center with lunch.

We thank our sponsors for their help with this tour.

  • Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM)

  • Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

  • First South Farm Credit

  • Taylor’s Fish Market

  • Lawrence County Farmers Federation

  • Friends of Agriculture

  • Greg Lowery, Crop Insurance Specialist

Round cotton baler demonstrated on tour.

  Round cotton baler demonstrated on tour.