Register Now! Pumpkins for Profit: Growing Tennessee Agriculture Tour

Join the Tennessee Agritourism Association (TAA) for a multi-day educational event designed to increase pumpkin production and on-farm direct marketing knowledge on July 31-August 2, 2016. Participants will hear from pumpkin producers with behind-the-scenes tours of their operations. Tours are tentatively scheduled for:
· Falcon Ridge Farm — Toone, TN
· Country Pumpkins — Caledonia, MS
· Wise Family Farm — Pontotoc, MS
· Brownlee Farms — Red Banks, MS
· Green Acres Farm — Milan, TN
· Donnell Century Farm — Jackson, TN

Producers and speakers from the University of Tennessee and Mississippi State University will teach sessions on topics including:
· Pumpkin variety trials
· Pest control and pollinators
· Weed control
· Disease management
· Pumpkin marketing
· Pumpkin enterprise budgeting
· Product liability insurance

The tour will begin on Sunday, July 31 at 3:00 pm CDT at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center at 605 Airways Blvd. in Jackson, Tennessee. The tour will end on Tuesday, August 2 at 2:45 pm with a Tennessee Agritourism Association meeting beginning immediately following. Seats are limited and pre-registration is required. Registrations will be processed on a first come first serviced basis. Registration is limited to two participants per operation.

Registration fees include lodging for Sunday and Monday nights, meals and bus transportation for the tour. Participants must ride the bus provided. Registration fees are as follows:

Standard Fees – Deadline June 30 or Until Sold Out
1st TAA Member = $50
2nd TAA Member = $75
Non-Member = $175

Register online now at pumpkinsforprofit.com.

The tour is offered by the Tennessee Agritourism Association. Funding for the tour is provided, in part, through a United States Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant administered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Assistance in planning the educational program was provided by the University of Tennessee Extension Center for Profitable Agriculture.

This program qualifies as one course toward the educational requirements to receive 50% cost share for the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) Agritourism and Fruits and Vegetables sectors. Learn more about TAEP at http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/topic/ag-farms-enhancement. For additional information regarding TAEP requirements, contact Mark Powell at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture at (615) 837-5344.

Contact TAA President, Amy Ladd, with questions at [email protected] Learn more about the TAA at http://tennesseeagritourism.org/.