Members of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation State Board of Directors recently traveled to Louisiana to spend time learning about agriculture practices different from their own and to fellowship.

“It’s important for our board to gather and learn about other practices,” MFBF President Mike McCormick said. “It opens their eyes, lets them get to know each other, and, I think, become better leaders of our organization.”

The group spent one morning of the tour at the Louisiana Sugar Cane Cooperative (LaSuCa) in St. Martinville where they visited a sugar cane farm and toured the sugar cane mill. While on the farm, members watched the harvest process and even got to taste the sweet crop in the field. They also had the opportunity to see the entire sugar milling process in the mill.

“The sugar cane mill was a great experience,” State Board Member Betty Mills said. “It’s one of the best agriculture tours I’ve ever been on. I like getting to learn about other crops.”

In addition to visiting LaSuCa, the group visited Oak Alley Plantation and Laura Plantation in Vacherie, took tours of the Tabasco Factory in Avery Island and the Conrad Rice Museum in New Iberia, and watched the Angola Rodeo in St. Francisville.

“Events like this let the leaders of Mississippi Farm Bureau get to know each other,” MFBF Vice-President Donald Gant said. “It lets us learn about other parts of the country, too.”