2017 Agricultural & Conservation Farm Tour

The 2017 Farm Tour was held Thursday, August 17. Approximately 50 citizens traveled with us to several sites of interest within the County to view and learn about the latest agricultural innovations and farming practices within different areas on various soil and site conditions. 

The tour began and ended at the Davidson County Agriculture Center.

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This year's participants included:

  • Davidson County Commissioners Fred McClure and Steve Jarvis
  • Human Resources Director Kathy Cashion
  • Nancy Mazza, Regional Director of Constituent Advocacy that represented Senator Thom Tillis Office
  • Safely Director Slade Cole

Other participants included farmers and citizens from across the County.

Stops on the Tour

Our first stop was at Jerry Hilton's Farm, where the group observed warm season grasses and beef cattle forage. Jason Smith, a biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, discussed the benefits of native warm season grasses in North Carolina for grazing and haying. He stated these grasses are well adapted to our soils and climate with excellent drought tolerance, high yields and require minimal fertilizer and lime inputs. When managed appropriately, native warm season grasses provides excellent forage during the summer months.

We visited The Old Homeplace Vineyard which is a new and emerging farm and vineyard located on Thom-a-Lex Lake. The owner discussed the different types of grapes they are growing in their vineyards and their plans for expanding their operations. We viewed a corn test plot on Casey Tarleton's Farm and learn about their new direction for corn production. The group traveled to Piney Grove Farm where they observed multi-species cover crops. The North Carolina Mobile Soils Classroom was set up on the farm and the group learned about soil health and viewed monoliths of North Carolina soils.

We traveled to Sink's Farm Equipment, Davidson County's Agriculture Business, and learned about the history of the family owned business and their operations. The group was given a tour of the facility and viewed farming equipment that is available for the latest agricultural and farming practices. A delicious buffet was served at Yarborough's Restaurant.

Thank You Sponsors & Farm Participants

Thank you to our sponsors Carolina Farm Credit and Davidson County Farm Bureau for their financial support in making this tour possible. We are also extending a special thank you to all of the farm participants for allowing us the opportunity to visit their farms.