The participants’ tour begins today, Nov. 11, with a look at yarn manufacturing at Swift Spinning in Columbus, cotton grading at the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service facility in Macon and an overview of Georgia cotton production at the Georgia Cotton Commission’s office in Perry.

The next day’s activities will include: a visit to the Georgia Peanut Commission in Tifton for an overview of Georgia peanut production; an update on agricultural aircraft manufacturing at Thrush Aircraft in Albany; a presentation on peanut oil processing at the Golden Peanut Co. in Dawson; a tour of peanut shelling operations at McCleskey Mills in Smithville and a look at cotton production and harvesting at RCL Farms in Bronwood.

On Nov. 13, the group will see vegetable processing at Taylor Farms in Tifton; hear about cottonseed oil processing at Southern Cotton Oil Co. in Valdosta; learn about permanent bale identification, cotton flow and warehousing at Funston Gin Warehouse in Funston; and see pecan production and processing at Harrell Nut Co. in Camilla.

The tour concludes on Nov. 14 with a presentation on agricultural inputs for southern crops at the R.W. Griffin Co. in Douglas and an update on cotton ginning technology at Southeastern Gin Co. in Surrency.

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