COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Agricultural Council is holding its Spring Agricultural Tour on Tuesday, April 24.

The daylong event will start with a tour of the John Deere Plant near Grovetown, Ga., in the morning, followed by a tour of Titan Farms (vegetables and peaches) near Ridge Spring in the afternoon. Lunch will be provided at Juniper Restaurant in Ridge Spring. Tour participants for the John Deere Plant must be at least 13 years old and also must wear closed-toe and closed-heel shoes during the tour. No cameras, camcorders or cell phones are permitted while touring the John Deere Plant.

Participant check-in will be at 7:45 a.m. at the South Carolina Farm Bureau, 724 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce. The bus will depart at 8:15 a.m. and return to the Farm Bureau building by 5 p.m. Tour participants are asked to park behind the Farm Bureau Building in the parking lot across the street.

Due to bus seating, the tour will be limited to 47 people, so preregistration is required. The deadline to register is Friday, April 20. The tour is open to the public until the bus seating is filled, with priority given to council members and their guests.

Cost of the tour is $35 for S.C. Agricultural Council members and their guests and $45 for non-members. Lunch, beverages and snacks are included in the cost of the tour.

To reserve a space on the tour, send your name, phone number along with a check made payable to the South Carolina Agriculture Council and mail to: South Carolina Agriculture Council, P.O. Box 2683, Columbia, S.C. 29202-2683.

For more information about the Ag Council tour, contact Beth Duncan at 803-253-3731 or Elizabeth_Duncan@nass.usda.gov or Steve Slice at 803-806-3820 ext. 116 or Steve.Slice@sc.usda.gov.

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