undreds of farmers will head for the Appalachian foothills during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 47th Commodity Producers Conference Aug. 1-3 in Chattanooga. Registration closes June 14 at AlfaFarmers.org.
The conference begins with the second annual Hay & Forage Spokesperson Contest, followed by a welcome banquet. Tours depart for stops in Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia the next morning.
Blue Tour: Tsali Notch Vineyard, Dinner Bell Restaurant & General Store, Sweetwater Valley Farm
Green Tour: Chickamauga Battlefield, White Oak Initiative, Brown-Forman Cooperage
Orange Tour: Riverbend Farm, Cherokee Gin Co.
Pink Tour: Lodge Factory Store, Gorham’s Bluff, Unclaimed Baggage
Red Tour: Apple Valley Orchard and Mill, Tsali Notch Vineyard, Will Estes Industrial Hemp Farm
Yellow Tour: Tennessee River Music Inc., Lookout Mountain Genetics, Sand Mountain Research & Extension Center, Circle R Hay Farm
Day 3 seminars range from social media and state branding to industrial hemp, highway regulations and timber. A general session focuses on estate planning.
The meeting closes with results from Young Farmers contests, including the Outstanding Young Farm Family, Excellence in Agriculture winner and Discussion Meet finalists.
Entertainment will be Linda Davis and Lenny LeBlanc.