This October, the Fordland FFA chapter got the opportunity to tour agriculture in the “Deep South.”

FFA members that attended the fall agritourism trip were selected by application. A total of six FFA members were selected. Those Fordland FFA members were Haily Turner, Alex Pierson, Phoenix Bahnmiller, Hunter Glenn, Tristann Crowe and Garrett Uchtman.

Fordland FFA members first stopped and toured the Plantation

Agriculture Museum in Scott, Ark. Here, FFA members learned about cotton production from 1830 through World War II. FFA members also learned a little about the cotton ginning and cleaning process.

Members then made their way to Louisiana, where they toured Duck Commander, Konriko Rice Milling and various old sugarcane plantations.

Fordland students found the agriculture is very different in many ways from Webster County. FFA members saw rice being harvested and milled, along with sugarcane and cotton.

Champagnes Cajun Country swamp tour was also a fun and educational experience for members. Here, FFA members took a two-hour boat tour of native swamp lands near Lake Martin, La. Members saw a variety of wildlife and native plants in the region.

One of the main highlights from the trip was touring the Tabasco bottling factory in Avery Island, La.

FFA members toured the pepper research greenhouse, bottling assembly lines and the Tabasco Company store.

The last day of the trip was exciting with FFA members attending the Louisiana State Fair in Shreveport, La. Members saw a wide variety of livestock and FFA projects made by students from Louisiana. Overall, the Southern Agritourism trip was a great success for the Fordland FFA chapter.

Students now have a deeper knowledge of agriculture around the country.

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