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Where is the #From1Grain Tour Visiting?

Meg Kummerow - Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The #From1Grain tour participants have finished their first day on the tour - but where did they visit?  Each day the group will blog about their experiences, what they learnt and what outcomes can be brought back to Australia to improve our industry.

Day One saw them visit the USDA Agricultural Research Service - Plant Stress and Germplasm Development Research Station at Lubbock.  John Burke gave the group a tour of the site and of the research currently being undertaken. This was followed by a meeting with the National Sorghum Producers and Sorghum Checkoff looking at the role of these organisations in developing & supporting the industry and research and development (R&D) priorities.

 Tour group visiting Mike, Hannah & Jacob Henson of Henson Land & Cattle

The last visit of the day was with Mike Henson of Henson Land & Cattle, who farms 8,000ac consisting of mainly sorghum, cotton and wheat in addition to a 450head cow/calf operation. 

On day two (Tuesday 19th) they will visit Chromatin Inc and Dupont Pioneer, viewing seed breeding and research that happens at these two major companies.  They will also visit Tulia Feedlot for a look at the end use of sorghum. 

Wednesday 20th is a travel day as they head on to Austin to attend the Ag Chat "Cultivate & Connect" Conference on Thursday & Friday.

This conference will give the group a greater understanding of the importance of Social Media for Agriculture and how to best utilise it for sharing their story.  Over one and a half days the conference will look at Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social media platforms and I am sure they will all come away with some great tips to share.

Saturday we give them a break prior to departing Austin on Sunday morning for Schwetner, where they will tour Capitol Land and Cattle.  Capitol Land and Cattle is one of the largest Livestock Dealers in the US and have been in business since 1946.  After lunch in Temple, they are off to Little River Academy to Little L Farms, owned by James Kamas.  James is a sole proprietor and operator of (L River)3 Farms and works approximately 2,350 acres of cultivated land and grows; small grains (wheat and oats), corn, grain sorghum, and cotton. Crop acreages are roughly divided equally among these four crop categories. Of the acres that Mr. Kamas farms, only 190 acres are owned while 1,020 are share rented, 810 acres are cash leased, and 325 acres are custom farmed.

Mr. Kamas resides on the family farm where he grew up helping his father farm the 190 acres that the family owns. He received a BSChE degree from the University of Texas in 1970, and applied his engineering skills while working at a petroleum refinery, contract maintenance/construction firm, and environmental engineering/consulting company until 1996.

Monday & Tuesday will be spent at Texas A&M University looking at sorghum plots & research and other topics under the AgriLife Research Section.

 We would like to take the opportunity to thank Shelee Padgett and the National Sorghum Producers for organising all of the marvelous tour stops that will give teh attending farmers and those that they connect with once back home a great insight into the US Sorghum industry.

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