Louisiana 2016 Trip

2016 TN Farm Bureau Summer Tour

New Orleans, Louisiana

July 11-15

Travel with Farm Bureau Members from across Tennessee via motor coach to Mississippi and Louisiana. The trip will be fast paced with a packed agenda and will offer opportunities for one of a kind and unique tours not available to the general public. Space is limited to a maximum of 50 people so book quickly to reserve your spots! The cost will be $649 per person based on double occupancy with a $300 deposit due by June 10. On July 10, optional transportation from Nashville to Memphis and a night at the Crown Plaza in Memphis will be available for an additional $77.

Tentative Agenda:

Sunday, July 10, 2016 (optional; additional cost will apply)
-Bus leaves Nashville to Memphis
-Overnight in Memphis

Monday, July 11, 2016
-Depart Memphis early morning from Agricenter International (vehicles can be left here)
-Lunch hosted by Mississippi Farm Bureau in Jackson, MS
-Arrive Natchez, MS
-Tour antebellum homes
-Bus tour of Natchez, MS
-Evening on your own
-Overnight at Grand Hotel

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
-Angola Prison Farm
-Lunch on your own at Prison Café
-John Deere sugar cane harvester factory tour
-Overnight in Thibodaux, LA

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
-Perique Tobacco tour
-Sugar refinery tour
-Lunch at refinery
-Oak Alley Plantation tour
-Arrive in New Orleans
-Overnight in New Orleans

Thursday, July 14, 2016
-Day on your own in New Orleans
-Overnight in New Orleans

Friday, July 15, 2016
-Swamp tour
-Lunch on your own
-Back to Tennessee with stops in Memphis and Nashville

To register contact Rhonda Humphrey at rhumphrey@tfbf.com or 931-388-7872, ext. 2223

Trip Highlights

  • Natchez, MS – Natchez Mississippi has some the of the most beautiful antebellumGEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAhomes in the South. During our visit to Natchez we will tour antebellum homes and take a bus tour of Natchez. After the tours are complete, we will check into The Natchez Grand Hotel & Suites http://www.natchezgrandhotel.com and you will have the opportunity to explore Natchez on your own by walking down the Riverwalk with views of the Mississippi River and bridge crossing over into Louisiana or by exploring the city where numerous shops and restaurants offer something for everyone.
  • Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola Prison Farm) – Angola is the largest Angola 3maximum security prison the United States that has 1800 staff members and 6300 prisoners bordered on three sides by the Mississippi River and holds the dubious designation of being known as the Alcatraz of the South. Angola is located on a former plantation and is comprised of 18,000 acres and serves as a working farm today that produces enough food to supply the inmates at Angola and other prisons in Louisiana that include over 4 million pounds of vegetables. Angola uses both modern equipment and mule drawn equipment in the farming operation. Retired Warden, Burl Cain, who once worked in the Field Services Department of the Louisiana Farm Bureau began the tours of Angola for folks involved in production agriculture and the current warden was kind enough to allow TN Farm Bureau members the opportunity to tour the facility. During our visit we will tour the prison, see crops in the field and view inmates harvesting the crops. In the museum http://www.angolamuseum.org/history/history/ you will have the opportunity to see many historical items pertaining to Angola including prison cells, historical artifacts, examples of weapons crafted by prisoners, and the electric chair. During our visit we will have lunch in the prison café, a restaurant inside the prison.John Deere 1
  • John Deere Sugar Cane Harvester Factory – During our tour we will visit the sugar cane harvester factory in Thibodaux, LA and see the harvesters assembled from start to finish. This tour is typically reserved for people who have purchased one of the sugar cane harvesters.
  • Colonial Sugar – During our tour we will see the largest single investment into the sugarColonial Sugars 3 industry, a $190-million-dollar sugar refinery capable of producing over 2 billion pounds of sugar annually. This tour is not available to the general public.


  • Perique Tobacco – Perique comes from only one place and that’s in St. James Parish, Perique Tobacco 3LA. We will tour a farm that produces Perique tobacco and learn about the growing a
    nd curing process along with the marketing of this one of a kind tobacco. http://gardenandgun.com/blog/louisiana-tobacco-tradition
  • Oak Alley Plantation – Oak Alley represents one of the most beautiful plantations in the Oak Alley 1United States with tour guides that are extremely knowledgeable about the plantation and Civil War era history. Oak Alley sits directly across from the Mississippi River levy and was once a thriving sugar plantation. Oak Alley is without a doubt one of the highlights of the trip. http://www.oakalleyplantation.com/
  • Swamp Tour – Jump aboard a pontoon boat and head out into the swamp to see wildlife and to hear about Cajun history and the importance of the swamp. Swamp Tour 1http://www.cajunprideswamptours.com/swamp_tours.htm