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Mercier Orchards Post-Trip

This stop was a great way to start the week long adventure! I was most impressed with the “added value” mindset that was applied to all parts of the business. The reduction of waste was the motivator for this mindset but after the initial idea of using unappealing apples for…
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Premium Peanut- Post Trip

After visiting Premium Peanut, I was surprised at the actual size of the plant. Seeing the size on paper and seeing the size of the plant in person are two completely different things. The volume of peanuts that are processed in the plant each day is unreal. The shelling facility…
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Chick-fil-A Test Kitchen: Post Trip

After visiting the Chick-fil-A HQ in Atlanta I feel that I have a better understanding of what Chick-fil-A’s values are and the process they use to develop the wonderful foods they have on their menu. This was demonstrated as soon as we walked into the front office of their test…
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R&G Farms: Post Trip

On the fifth and final day of the Spring Break Tour, we visited R&G Farms.  I enjoyed all of the farms and businesses that we toured but I believe this stop was my favorite.  First I would like to mention that the owners, Colby and Alexis, were very down to…
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Glass Alligator Farm: Pre-Trip

On the third day we will visit Glass Alligator Farm in Camilla, Georgia. Mark Glass, the owner, started his business venture in 1993 and actually had no idea it would turn into an alligator business. He originally wanted to start a chicken business, but soon to gators as a way…
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M&T Farms

M&T Farms is located in Toombs County. M&T was established in the early 1990s when Mike McKinley and Terry Collins partnered to bring their Vidalia onion growing experience together. They have approximately 500 acres of the best Vidalia onions the industry has to offer. The sweet flavor M&T’s onions possess…
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Ellis Brothers Pecans

Of one of the many locations we will be visiting on this Spring Break Tour is Ellis Brothers Pecans in Vienna, GA. Ellis Brothers began in 1944 when Marvin and Irene Ellis purchased the original 60 acre pecan grove. This grove has now grown and been converted in the retail…
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Mercier Orchards Pre-Trip

Mercier Orchards is a family owned and operated apple orchard that was started in 1943 by Bill & Adele Mercier. It is located in Blue Ridge, GA and has become not just a regular orchard, but it has become a well known agritourism must-see. They have not only been able…
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Chatel Beef- Pretrip

Chatel Farms is an Angus beef operation located in Tattnall County, more specifically Reidsville, Ga. The top 5 producing counties of beef in Georgia are: Carroll, Miller, Stephens, Jackson, and Franklin. However, beef is produced in all 159 counties of Georgia. Beef has a state annual income of $596,643,185 for…
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Premium Peanut

Premium Peanut was founded in 2014 when 7 buying points merged to create this peanut processing facility. This facility is grower-owned, and over 200 growers own stock in the company. Premium Peanut’s goal is to “integrate the peanut production process, stabilize the market for growers in the region, and ensure…
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