Johnston County Cooperative Extension to hold public tour of agriculture manufacturers in the Triangle area

sgilman@newsobserver.comJune 12, 2014 

CORRECTION: This story incorrectly said the Johnston County Cooperative Extension office would offer a public tour of several agriculture businesses in the Triangle on June 17. The correct date is June 27.

SMITHFIELD - For a small fee, the Johnston County Cooperative Extension office is offering the public a chance to tour factory floors and research facilities of several agriculture businesses in the Triangle.

The annual tour will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on June 27. Facilities will include the Durham office of BASF, a German chemical company; Granville Equipment in Oxford, a manufacturer of tobacco harvesters, balers, conveyors and more; and Evans-MacTavish-Agricraft manufacturing plant in Wilson.

“It’s for the public,” said extension agent Tim Britton. “We just take a group out every year and show them who’s in the ag business in the state.”

Those who go will be able to see “what’s coming down the pipeline” at these facilities, from BASF’s chemical compounds to Granville Equipment’s tobacco machinery, Britton said.

The extension office is expecting between 30 and 50 people, and will hire a bus if enough people sign up.

The tour is $10 for members of the Johnston County Agribusiness Council, $20 for nonmembers. The fee includes breakfast at the Johnston County Agriculture Center, lunch at the Granville County Expo Center, transportation and snacks.

To sign up or for more information, call the extension office at 919-989-5380 by June 13.

Gilman: 919-829-8955

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