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SunBelt Ag Expo Bus Tour with Small Farm Outreach Program


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Travel with VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Program team that will include stops at
• South Carolina State Farmers Market
• Two-day Admission to the Sunbelt Ag Expo
• Tour of Bare Foot Farm on St. Helena’s Island

THE TOUR IS CURRENTLY FULL.

*Participants will pay for meals during the trip, and the cost for meals will be reimbursed.

Featured on this tour, the Sunbelt Ag Expo is an agricultural-based trade show held at Spence Field in Moultrie, Ga. Known as “North America’s Premier Farm Show”® the annual event has more than 1,200 exhibitors showcasing the latest in farming technology. Whether you are a large acreage production farmer or a weekend lifestyle farmer the Expo is an event you don’t want to miss.

The Expo’s unique site has a 100-acre exhibit area adjoining a 600-acre working research farm. In the exhibit area, which includes both outdoor and indoor exhibits visitors will find every imaginable product or service a farm could ever need. In addition to exhibits visitors can attend educational, entertaining seminars and demonstrations offered in a variety of specialized areas. 

Visitors see harvesting demonstrations for cotton, peanuts, corn, soybeans, and hay, as well as tillage demonstrations, equipment driving ranges, irrigation technology and precision ag demonstrations that compare a wide range of equipment in an actual working setting. Company representatives and specialists are in the fields to answer visitor questions.

TOUR ITINERARY:

DAY 1 Monday, October 16

7:30 am
Tour Departure
from VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion (4415 River Road, South Chesterfield, VA 23803)

11:45 am-12:30 pm
Lunch
at Julia Bells Restaurant - $15* per person (2513 W. Lucas St. Florence SC 29501)

12:30pm -7:00pm
Tours

            • Tour State Farmers’ Market
            • Visit to Young Plantation (2005 Babar Ln, Florence, SC 29501)

7:00 pm
Dinner
at 41 and Main Restaurant - $15* per person (343 Main St S, Tifton, GA 31794)

8:15 pm
Hotel Check-In
, Days Inn, Tifton, GA


DAY 2 Tuesday, October 17

7:00 am
Breakfast

7:30 am
Depart from Hotel

8:30 am-4:00 pm
SunBelt Ag Expo
(Lunch on your own)

5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Dinner
at Golden Corral - $12* per person (Tifton, GA)

7:45 pm
Return to Days Inn,
Tifton, GA


DAY 3 Wednesday, October 18

7:00 am
Breakfast

7:30 am
Depart from Hotel

8:30 am -3:00 pm
SunBelt Ag Expo
(Lunch on your own)

5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Dinner
at Lane Packing Orchard - $10-15* per person (50 Lane Rd., Fort Valley, GA)

7:00 pm
Return to Days Inn,
Tifton, GA


DAY 4 Thursday, October 19

7:00 am
Breakfast

7:30 am
Check-Out / Departure from Hotel

12:30 pm-2:30 pm
Lunch & Tour
at Bare Foot Farms - $10* per person (939 Sea Island Pkwy, St. Helena Island, GA )

5:30 pm
Hotel Check-In at Holiday Inn Express
 (St. Simons Island, GA)

6:30 pm
Dinner
at Locos Grill - $9-$13* per person (2463 Demere Rd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522)

8:15 pm
Return to Holiday Inn Express


DAY 5 Friday, October 20

7:00 am
Breakfast

8:00 am
Check-Out / Departure from Holiday Inn Express

10:30 am
Lunch
at Fullers Restaurant - $5-$15* per person (113 N Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville, NC)

5:30 pm
Arrival
 at VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

*Payment (in cash) for meals will be collected prior to arrival at the restaurant(s). You will be reimbursed for the cost of all meals after the tour.


TIPS FOR A GREAT WEEK:

• Be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes and apparel for outdoor activities in case of cool or rainy weather.

• Be on time at all requested locations to be sure there is ample time to enjoy the planned tours, activities and meals during the week.

• Extend courtesy to fellow travelers, especially those who may need extra assistance.

• Get to know the SFOP staff and interns on the tour who will help make your trip fun and informative!

Download a printable copy of the tour itinerary here.

Earlier Event: October 13
AgSquared Introductory Workshop
Later Event: October 19
Aquaculture Field Day