Hendry Farm Tour offers close-up look at local farms

Posted 3/2/20

(Submitted photo) A group catches a sugarcane burn in action, during a past Hendry County Farm tour. According to UF/IFAS, “Hendry County is one of the largest agricultural counties in the state …

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Hendry Farm Tour offers close-up look at local farms

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(Submitted photo) A group catches a sugarcane burn in action, during a past Hendry County Farm tour.

According to UF/IFAS, “Hendry County is one of the largest agricultural counties in the state and is largest producer of oranges in Florida with over 75,000 acres of groves. In addition, Hendry County is the second largest producer of sugarcane, third largest in vegetable production and fifth largest in beef cattle.”

The UF/IFAS and Hendry County Farm-City Tour Council invites you to the 41st Annual Farm Tour of the Hendry County Agricultural Industry, on Saturday, March 14, 2020 where you will travel by modern, air-conditioned bus, alongside knowledgeable tour guides, and have a close-up look at some of the most efficient farmers in the world.

“This year’s tour will feature a variety of interesting stops at some of Florida’s most sophisticated agricultural operations that include vegetable transplant and ornamental nurseries, citrus, sod, sugarcane and vegetable production, as well as one of the largest beef cattle ranches in the state. There will also be fresh Florida orange juice breaks at strategic stops along the way,” said Gene McAvoy, President of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, and Associate Director of Stakeholder Relations at the University of Florida IFAS SW Florida Research and Education Center.

“As an extra-added attraction, lunch will feature a delicious melt in your mouth steak lunch with all the trimmings served by the Hendry County Cattlemen’s Association in a rural country setting,”McAvoy added, “In addition to the opportunity to see Florida agriculture up close and personal – you will tour some of the most unspoiled wild lands in all of southwest Florida where each turn of the road will reveal natural splendor and a chance to see a variety of wildlife.”

Tickets are $95/person. The moneys raised go for scholarship and to benefit 4H. For additional information about the tour and how to purchase tickets for the tour, stop by Hendry County Extension Service Office, which is located at 1085 Pratt Blvd, LaBelle, Florida. You may also contact the office as follows:

Phone: (863) 674-4092 Call Debbie or Arlene for Reservations prior to sending any money.

Letter: UF/IFAS Hendry County Extension Office

PO Box 68
LaBelle, FL 33975-1085
Make checks payable to: H.C.C.A. (Hendry County Cattlemen’s Association) No credit cards

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