2013 AFBF Annual Meeting Tours Jan. 12 and 15, 2013 – Nashville, TN

Group Tours: 931-388-7872, Ext. 2227 •


Below you will find the details about agricultural tours offered by the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation during the 2013 American Farm Bureau Federation Convention in Nashville.

Tours will be scheduled to leave between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and return from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. If we can schedule more than one bus of the same tour, times will be staggered. TFBF staff will serve as tour guides on each bus to discuss Tennessee agriculture.


Group tours may only be purchased by contacting Mark Turner at maturner@tfbf.com or 931-388-7872, Ext. 2227.


State Farm Bureaus that book a group tour will save the processing fee, which is approximately $5 per person.


Tours 1-5 only
To purchase individual tour tickets, click on the Register button below the tour. For tours held on multiple dates, please make sure you are purchasing the tour for the correct date. Prices do not include processing fee, which is approximately $5 per person. Based on availability, tickets will also be available for purchase at the registration desk at the Opryland Hotel.

Tour #1
Delvin Organic Farm, Riverbend Nursery and Carnton Plantation

Saturday, January 12
Tuesday, January 15
COST: $75 per person

Stop 1: Tour members will visit Hank and Cindy Delvin’s certified organic farm to see the latest in organic practices. This family enterprise includes a CSA in an urban market. See how the Delvin family works to connect non-farmers to their food.
Stop 2: Tennessee has the perfect weather for nursery stock. Tour members will visit a farm where trees and shrubs are shipped all
over the world. The Riverbend Nursery grows 1,500 varieties of plants in our advantageous climate.
Stop 3: Lunch will be in nearby Franklin.
Stop 4: Tour members will visit Carnton Plantation and the McGavock
Confederate Cemetery. Carnton Plantation was witness to The Battle of Franklin, which is called the deadliest four hours of the entire Civil War. The house and grounds served as the largest field hospital for hundreds of wounded and dying confederate soldiers for up to six months after the battle. A tour of the restored house reveals soldiers’ bloodstains on the floors and gives visitors a great lesson on the war and how it affected this 19th-century livestock farm.

Tour #2
Tennessee Farmers Co-op, Department of Agriculture and The Hermitage

Tuesday, January 15
COST: $75 per person

Please note: Due to the length of this tour, a box lunch will be served during the trip.
Stop 1:Tour members will visit Tennessee Farmers Cooperative. Some of the highlights visitors will see at the Co-op are:
• The distribution center that services the 160 retail outlets in Tennessee and serves more than half a million customers across the state.
• The fertilizer plant where you will see the new conveying system that brings fertilizer from the rail lines to the building and accounts for the moving of 600,000 tons of fertilizer annually.
• The state of the art automated feed bagging facility.
• The metal fabrication plant that celebrated its 40th anniversary of manufacturing innovative, quality farm hardware products.
• The Ag Equipment plant that services, alters and customizes fertilizer buggies and bulk feed truck bodies.
Stop 2: The Tennessee Department of Agriculture sits just minutes away from downtown Nashville. The mounted Metro Police and the Tennessee Agricultural Museum are two of the highlights tour members will see here.
Stop 3: The Hermitage is the Tennessee plantation home of President Andrew Jackson. It is reputedly our nation’s most authentically preserved early presidential home site. The museum includes original artwork, furniture, textiles, personal items and much more. Tour visitors will learn about the plantation’s agriculture both now and when Jackson resided there.

Tour #3
Jack Daniels, Miss Mary BoBo’s and Lynchburg Town Square

Saturday, January 12
Tuesday, January 15
COST: $75 per person

Stop 1: Jack Daniels distillery is arguably one of the best tours in Tennessee, where they still make Tennessee whiskey “just like Jack made it.” Tour members will see the entire process, starting first in the visitor’s center with a short video about the distillery and its history. Visitors will then embark on a walking tour that covers whiskey making from the production of charcoal used to mellow the whiskey, thus giving it the name “Tennessee Whiskey,” to the final aging process in white oak barrels.
Stop 2: Gather around the table family style at Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House for lunch and enjoy Southern cooking at its best.
Stop 3: Stroll around the Lynchburg town square, visit with the shop owners and enjoy the slower pace of rural Tennessee. Many shops have furniture, planters and other items constructed from the whiskey barrels at Jack Daniels.

Tour #4
George Dickel, Bellbuckle Café and Walking Horse Farm

Saturday, January 12
Tuesday, January 15
COST: $65 per person

Stop 1: Tour members will visit George Dickel distillery and see the production of Tennessee whiskey from the arrival of grain to the fermenting vats to the charcoal mellowing process to the final process of aging whiskey in white oak barrels.
Stop 2: Step back in time to the small town of Bell Buckle, Tennessee, and have a lunch of good country cooking at the Bell Buckle Café and then take a short visit to the shops in Bell Buckle.
Stop 3: Tour members will visit one of the preeminent walking horse breeding operations in Tennessee. See the Tennessee Walking Horse and learn about its history from the time that it was the preferred horse
of Southern plantation owners to its place today.

Tour #5
Civil War Tour
Tour #6
Tobacco Tour (Groups Only)

Tuesday, January 15
COST: $65 per person
Note: The Tobacco Tour is a Group Tour only; no individual tickets will be sold.

If there is interest by a state for a group tour, we will put together a tobacco tour to include:
Stop 1: Travel to Robertson County and visit the University of Tennessee Research Station to learn about tobacco production in Tennessee. See the process of stripping and grading tobacco after it has cured in tobacco barns.
Stop 2: Southern Fried Catfish Lunch
Stop 3: Tobacco Processing Plant

To register a group for this tour, please contact Mark Turner at maturner@tfbf.com or 931-388-7872, Ext. 2227.


Destination Nashville
Destination Nashville offers a variety of sightseeing and tour excursions to all Nashville sights, attractions and events with service tailored
especially for your group. Some of their tours include the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, Music Row and Historic Downtown Nashville, just to name a few. To book tours, click here or go to www.destinationnashville.com/tours/AmFarmBureau_1-13.html.

Other Tour Opportunities for States Busing to Nashville
From I-24 East – The newly expanded Tennessee Aquarium is a great tour in Chattanooga. Other attractions in Chattanooga are the Incline, Rock City, Ruby Falls and more. Located 120 miles east of Nashville
From I-40 West – Loretta Lynn’s Ranch at Waverly – Located 50 miles west of Nashville; Memphis – USDA Cotton Classing office, National Hardwood Lumber Association Headquarters, AgriCenter International, Graceland (home of Elvis Presley)
From I-40 East – Cumberland County Playhouse at Crossville – Located 110 miles east of Nashville
From I-65 South – Tennessee Farm Bureau, Antebellum homes – Located 50 miles south of Nashville

• Tennessee Farm Bureau reserves the right to cancel a tour with refund if the passenger minimum of 30 people per bus is not met.
• In the case of tours being canceled because of inclement weather Tennessee Farm Bureau will refund costs not directly incurred by TFBF.