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Growing tourism

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Getting an agricultural tour together for a group from upstate Indiana who will be here for four days hasn't been an easy task.

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in the River Heritage Region because we live on some of the most fertile soil in the world. Our area is home to many different crops -- cotton, wheat, corn, soybeans, milo, potatoes, watermelons, cantaloupes, rice, sunflowers, trees, turf and various vegetable crops. While this diversity makes our area look like a patch work quilt, it also opens us up to one of the most popular venues of tourism, which is agri-tourism.

In addition to a drive through our scenic region where visitors can see the 'Agricultural Garden of the State," there are other items tour groups are interested in. These include ag-related businesses with new and used farm equipment, specialty irrigation systems, processing facilities, gins and mills. They are interested in the grain elevators and barge companies which are located along our riverbanks.

Some want to make stops from Ste. Genevieve to Scott County to view the grape production and wineries which dot our landscape while others prefer an introduction to the Delta area of the region with its catfish and crawfish farming. There are the greenhouses full of perennials and annuals or fruit production facilities for peaches, apples, strawberries and blueberries which might interest them.

What more could a traveler hope to see than what we have to offer in our part of the world? The hardest part is fitting it all in.

Then as our crops rotate throughout their seasons, we are blessed again with change. We just couldn't ask for more to interest tourists.