Reservations now being made for 40th annual Dickson County Farm Tour on July 9

Enjoying the watermelon feast on a previous farm tour.

Enjoying the watermelon feast on a previous farm tour.

A limited number of seats are available for the 40th annual Dickson County Farm Tour on Wednesday, July 9. Sponsored by the Dickson County Soil Conservation District and the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee, the annual tour offers Dickson County residents a chance to see first-hand the agricultural businesses and conservation practices that exist in the area. This year’s tour concentrates on the northeastern quadrant of the county and will include several stops related to the cattle industry, which remains the number one agricultural product for the county. The tour is open to participants 12 and older and those attending should be able to handle the physical requirements of getting on and off school buses and some walking on what could be a hot day. The cost is $5 and advance registration is required by calling Amy Clifton at the Soil Conservation District office at 446-2449 extension 3. The tour departs on four school buses from Dickson County High School at 8 am and plans to return by 4 pm. Lunch is included in the price and is provided by the Dickson County Livestock Association at Creek Wood High School. The tour ends with a watermelon feast at the Dickson County Farmers Market sponsored by the Dickson Farmers Co-op. Farm Credit Services provides a free beverage truck at each tour stop so participants can stay hydrated. Stops on this year’s tour include the Tommy Nicks farm to observe cross fencing and pasture rotation in his cattle operation; Double H Farms, which raises beef cattle exclusively for the Capitol Grille in the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville; Tom and Betsy Morgan’s farm where they are working with a forester to promote oak tree growth; Wynn and Dorothy Corlew’s Century Farm where produce will be on sale; and Sunrise Farm to observe spring development, stream access control fencing, cross fencing for rotational grazing, an orchard and the cow-calf operation. The tour is limited to about the first 200 people and all participants must ride on the buses, no follow vehicles are allowed. For more information on the 40th annual Dickson County Farm Tour, visit dicksonscd.wordpress.com or the Soil Conservation District page on Facebook. To reserve a spot on the tour, call 446-2449 extension 3.