AG Tour takes community members on a tour of Jackson County’s ag industry

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. -  The third annual Faces of Ag Tour invited community members to view different agricultural experiences the Jackson County area has to offer.  The agriculture industry has a huge impact on the Jackson County economy, but it also impacts individuals on day-to-day living.

"We want people to realize where their food comes from. Meet the people that's producing food and fiber that we all use to exist on this Earth," says Phillip Thompson, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for the Jackson County Soil and Water conservation.

The Ag Tour showcased a variety of agricultural practices ranging from row crop farms to irrigation systems to even a large animal veterinarian clinic.  "It's important for people who aren't directly involved in farming and agriculture everyday to come out and hear a little bit about these operations that still exist in counties like Jackson County," says Gary Chandler, President and CEO of the Jackson County Economic Development Authority.

With all of the recent dry weather, participants were able to see first hand one of the biggest lessons taught today, this season's ongoing drought.

"One of the more important things we learned today is how this drought has adversely affected farmers and those in the agricultural sector here in Northeast Alabama and what they're enduring presently as they go through that," says Chandler.

The Jackson County Soil and Water conservation says their ultimate goal for today's tour was to remind those of the importance of business in the agriculture industry.