The “Commodities, Corks, and Cockpits” tour will begin at Woodall Grain Company, a large granary owned and operated by a local farming family. Learn how the Woodall family serves their neighbors and how they expanded their grain marketing business exponentially in the last twelve years. Afterward, we will drive down to Summitville Grain and Feed Company. Owned and managed by women, this one-stop shop has become a staple in our farming community. We will see how they manage in-store sales, application services, crop insurance, and grain storage all in one location. Next, we will visit Mark Myers, a local farmer who produces more than 100,000 bales of hay each year. Mr. Myers is extremely innovative and uses modern equipment and technology to remain efficient at this business. Lunch will be provided by the Tennessee Pork Producers and served at Beans Creek Winery. Beans Creek is continuing a family tradition of creating craft wines from local grapes. Following lunch, we will tour Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) at Arnold Air Force Base. AEDC has test facilities ranging from large wind tunnels and altitude jet and rocket test cells to space chambers, ballistic ranges, and arc heaters to small research test cells. Participants will learn about the work AEDC does and its importance to America’s air and space superiority.
ADVISEMENT: Comfortable, closed-toed shoes are required for this tour. Additional documentation and a background check for each participant is required to tour AEDC. You will be contacted by the tour host for some additional information. Registration for this tour will not be accepted after early registration deadline to allow for background checks.