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The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation Ag Tours offer attendees the chance to explore local agriculture during their time visiting New Orleans. The area is overflowing with history, culture and not-to-miss southern cooking. Shuttle buses pick up directly from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to take you to your destination with tours offered Saturday, January 12, 2019 and Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Tickets can be purchased through the registration system starting on October 1, 2018. Tours are expected to sell out, so don’t wait to buy tickets!


Below you will find the details about tours offered by the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation during the 2019 AFBF Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in New Orleans.

 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Saturday, January 12
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

COST: $120

Stop 1: Crowned as the “Grand Dame of the Great River Road”, Oak Alley Plantation is admired as one of the most spectacular antebellum settings in the South. The story of the National Historic Landmark begins with trees and twenty-eight evenly spaced spectacular 300 year-old live oak trees. https://www.oakalleyplantation.org/

Lunch in the Oak Alley Pavilion

Stop 2: Built in 1805, was one home to creoles who, at this historic site, lived apart from the American lifestyle for 200 years. Laura Plantation stands with 12 historic buildings and the slave quarters where the African folktales of Br’er Rabbit were recorded. Laura also has the largest collections of family artifacts original to a Louisiana plantation. https://www.lauraplantation.com/

Saturday, January 12
8:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

COST: $125

Stop 1: Built in 1805, was one home to creoles who, at this historic site, lived apart from the American lifestyle for 200 years. Laura Plantation stands with 12 historic buildings and the slave quarters where the African folktales of Br’er Rabbit were recorded. Laura also has the largest collections of family artifacts original to a Louisiana plantation. https://www.lauraplantation.com/

Lunch: B&C Seafood Restaurant

Stop 2: Crowned as the “Grand Dame of the Great River Road”, Oak Alley Plantation is admired as one of the most spectacular antebellum settings in the South. The story of the National Historic Landmark begins with trees and twenty-eight evenly spaced spectacular 300 year-old live oak trees. https://www.oakalleyplantation.org/

Saturday, January 12
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $85

Stop 1: Covey Rise Farms started growing vegetables on 10 acres in 2009 and has expanded to 50 acres. Their vegetables are enjoyed at 40 of the New Orleans area restaurants and by our Local Produce Club/CSA members. They grow multiple varieties of over 30 types of vegetables throughout Louisiana’s growing season which is year round. They grow conventionally under the direction of a retired LSU Agriculture Professor, who acts as their crop consultant. http://www.coveyrisefarms.com/

Lunch: White's Steak and Fish House

Stop 2: Bracy’s was founded 30 years ago. They have 250 acres dedicated to producing consistent, retail-quality plant material for independent garden centers and landscape contractors throughout the Southern U.S. They offer a broad palette of varieties and sizes allowing partners to find everything they need in one place. https://bracys.com/

Saturday, January 12
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

COST: $85

Stop 1: Bracy’s was founded 30 years ago. They have 250 acres dedicated to producing consistent, retail-quality plant material for independent garden centers and landscape contractors throughout the Southern U.S. They offer a broad palette of varieties and sizes allowing partners to find everything they need in one place. https://bracys.com/

Lunch: White's Steak and Fish House

Stop 2: Covey Rise Farms started growing vegetables on 10 acres in 2009 and has expanded to 50 acres. Their vegetables are enjoyed at 40 of the New Orleans area restaurants and by our Local Produce Club/CSA members. They grow multiple varieties of over 30 types of vegetables throughout Louisiana’s growing season which is year round. They grow conventionally under the direction of a retired LSU Agriculture Professor, who acts as their crop consultant. http://www.coveyrisefarms.com/

Saturday, January 12
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

COST: $115

Stop 1: Pass through the wrought iron gates into their recently expanded visitor center. Take a tour of the brewery to learn about their brewing process and sample their lineup of beers or join fellow craft beer lovers in the Tap Room for a fresh pint at the bar. As the original brewer in Louisiana, they are proud to share their culture on tap. Laissez les bons temps rouler! https://abita.com/

*Please note that participants must be 21 years of age or older to participate in the Abita Brewing Company tour.

Lunch: Annadele's Plantation

Stop 2: Started in 1989, this working alligator ranch is home to over 2,000 alligators. The Insta-Gator Ranch participated in the world renowned Alligator Ranching Program directed by Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and United States Fish and Wildlife Service. This program was developed to conserve and protect the ancient alligator species and preserve the Louisiana wetlands. This is a hands-on tour! https://www.insta-gatorranch.com/

Saturday, January 12
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

COST: $115

Stop 1: Started in 1989, this working alligator ranch is home to over 2,000 alligators. The Insta-Gator Ranch participated in the world renowned Alligator Ranching Program directed by Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and United States Fish and Wildlife Service. This program was developed to conserve and protect the ancient alligator species and preserve the Louisiana wetlands. This is a hands-on tour! https://www.insta-gatorranch.com/

Lunch: Annadele's Plantation

Stop 2: Pass through the wrought iron gates into their recently expanded visitor center. Take a tour of the brewery to learn about their brewing process and sample their lineup of beers or join fellow craft beer lovers in the Tap Room for a fresh pint at the bar. As the original brewer in Louisiana, they are proud to share their culture on tap. Laissez les bons temps rouler! https://abita.com/

*Please note that participants must be 21 years of age or older to participate in the Abita Brewing Company tour.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tuesday, January 15
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

COST: $120

Stop 1: Crowned as the “Grand Dame of the Great River Road”, Oak Alley Plantation is admired as one of the most spectacular antebellum settings in the South. The story of the National Historic Landmark begins with trees and twenty-eight evenly spaced spectacular 300 year-old live oak trees. https://www.oakalleyplantation.org/

Lunch in the Oak Alley Pavilion

Stop 2: Built in 1805, was one home to creoles who, at this historic site, lived apart from the American lifestyle for 200 years. Laura Plantation stands with 12 historic buildings and the slave quarters where the African folktales of Br’er Rabbit were recorded. Laura also has the largest collections of family artifacts original to a Louisiana plantation. https://www.lauraplantation.com/

Tuesday, January 15
8:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

COST: $125

Stop 1: Built in 1805, was one home to creoles who, at this historic site, lived apart from the American lifestyle for 200 years. Laura Plantation stands with 12 historic buildings and the slave quarters where the African folktales of Br’er Rabbit were recorded. Laura also has the largest collections of family artifacts original to a Louisiana plantation. https://www.lauraplantation.com/

Lunch: B&C Seafood Restaurant

Stop 2: Crowned as the “Grand Dame of the Great River Road”, Oak Alley Plantation is admired as one of the most spectacular antebellum settings in the South. The story of the National Historic Landmark begins with trees and twenty-eight evenly spaced spectacular 300 year-old live oak trees. https://www.oakalleyplantation.org/

Tuesday, January 15
7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

COST: $80

Stop 1: Zen-Noh Grain Corporation, established in 1979, operates one of the fastest and most efficient grain elevators in the world. They export grain, including sorghum, from its elevator on the Mississippi River. http://zhiusa.com/home/about/

Lunch: St. James Public Relations Building

Stop 2: LSR was originally conceived in 2003 as a two-party venture between Cargill and Louisiana Sugar Growers and Refiners, an organization that represents more than 800 sugar growers throughout south and central Louisiana. Fully operations, LSR produces two billion pounds of raw white sugar annually for shipment by rail and truck in bulk. LSR operates 24-hours per day, seven days each week. http://www.lsrsugar.com/

Tuesday, January 15
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

COST: $80

Stop 1: LSR was originally conceived in 2003 as a two-party venture between Cargill and Louisiana Sugar Growers and Refiners, an organization that represents more than 800 sugar growers throughout south and central Louisiana. Fully operations, LSR produces two billion pounds of raw white sugar annually for shipment by rail and truck in bulk. LSR operates 24-hours per day, seven days each week. http://www.lsrsugar.com/

Lunch: St. James Public Relations Building

Stop 2: Zen-Noh Grain Corporation, established in 1979, operates one of the fastest and most efficient grain elevators in the world. They export grain, including sorghum, from its elevator on the Mississippi River. http://zhiusa.com/home/about/

Tuesday, January 15
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

COST: $105

Stop 1: Originally established in 1965 to serve the unique needs of the Louisiana sugarcane industry, John Deere Thibodaux has grown to be the global leader in sugarcane harvesting equipment. Come and see our unique capabilities: from new machine production to customer service, and everywhere in between. Tour members will see innovative machines and enjoy our spirited staff as they are guided through our 65 acre facility. https://www.deere.com/en/

Lunch: Catered Buffet

Stop 2: Bayer is a global modern agriculture company. They develop products and tools to help farmers around the world grow crops while using energy, water, and land more efficiently. They believe innovation has the potential to bring humanity’s needs in balance with the resources of our planet. Two of the products produced at this plant are Roundup and Dicamba. https://bayer.com/

Tuesday, January 15
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

COST: $90

Stop 1: Bayer is a global modern agriculture company. They develop products and tools to help farmers around the world grow crops while using energy, water, and land more efficiently. They believe innovation has the potential to bring humanity’s needs in balance with the resources of our planet. Two of the products produced at this plant are Roundup and Dicamba. https://bayer.com/

Lunch: Spahr's Seafood Restaurant

Stop 2: Originally established in 1965 to serve the unique needs of the Louisiana sugarcane industry, John Deere Thibodaux has grown to be the global leader in sugarcane harvesting equipment. Come and see our unique capabilities: from new machine production to customer service, and everywhere in between. Tour members will see innovative machines and enjoy our spirited staff as they are guided through our 65 acre facility. https://www.deere.com/en/

Tuesday, January 15
8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

COST: $90

Stop 1: Clear Creek Stud was founded in 1969 by renowned horseman Jack Lohman. Over the years Clear Creek has become known as Louisiana’s premiere Thoroughbred operation. In 1977, Van Murrell joined Lohman as his assistant and has made it his life’s work to carry on the tradition of excellence established by Mr. Lohman. Over the years, Clear Creek has been home to many of Louisiana’s leading sires. http://www.clearcreekstud.com/

Lunch: Chime's

Stop 2: Started in 1989, this working alligator ranch is home to over 2,000 alligators. The Insta-Gator Ranch participated in the world renowned Alligator Ranching Program directed by Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and United States Fish and Wildlife Service. This program was developed to conserve and protect the ancient alligator species and preserve the Louisiana wetlands. This is a hands-on tour! https://www.insta-gatorranch.com/

Disclaimer:  The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation reserves the right to cancel any tour due to unsafe travel conditions, including conditions caused by inclement weather, acts of God, fire, flood, riot, national emergency, or similar cause beyond the control of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation.  In the event of such cancellation, reservation fees will not be refunded.

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