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Event showcases impact of agriculture on county
by Bobby J. Smith
Oct 17, 2016 | 2313 views | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An event to showcase how Alcorn County utilizes its natural resources — and how those resources affect the local economy — is slated for Tuesday.

The annual Alliance Agriculture & Forestry Tour begins at 2 p.m. at the MSU Extension Center behind Crossroads Arena.

“The basic purpose is to highlight how agriculture and forestry and other industries in our area have a significant impact on our community,” said MSU Extension Agent Patrick Poindexter.

Participants in this year’s event will load up on a tour bus and travel to two very different area agricultural businesses.

The first stop will be the Curtis Potts farm on the northwest side of Alcorn County where participants will see a demonstration of Potts’ sawmill. Potts also raises corn and pumpkins, Poindexter said.

The second stop will be for a tour of the Crazy K Ranch on Highway 57 in in Michie, Tenn.

“We recognize that businesses across the line do have an impact on Alcorn County,” said Poindexter.

Poindexter said the Crazy K Ranch has a “tremendous” cattle breeding program and also contributes to agri-tourism in the area through its rental cabins, meeting rooms and wedding barn.

The tour will wind up back at the MSU Extension Center shortly after 5 p.m. A banquet will begin at 6 p.m. where awards for agricultural stewardship and forestry will be given out.

The banquet will feature keynote speaker Johnny Allen, the former president of NEMCC, who will speak on the changes he has seen in agriculture over his career.

There is no charge for taking the Alliance Agriculture & Forestry Tour. Participants should RSVP by calling The Alliance at 287-5269.
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