County agents see what Natchez has to offerPublished 12:12am Sunday, August 26, 2012
NATCHEZ — The Mississippi Association of County Agriculture Agents met in Natchez this past week to attend a variety of educational and training tours and also meet and greet fellow agents from around the state.accuracy
Adams County Director David Carter said the annual conference is designed to get all the agents together, and this year Adams County had the opportunity to show its stuff.
“In Natchez we have so many things all in one place,” he said. “All the tours went great, and we have so many secrets to share. But we don’t really promote what we have that well.”
Along with educational trips to Giles Island, Hunt Hill Cattle Company, St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Pinelog Plantation and a variety of other places, the agents participated in a variety of entertaining activities like a golf tournament, team roping competition and trap shoot.
MACAA president elect Jimbo Burkhalter said the meeting and fun activities allow the agents to relax and interact outside of the educational atmosphere.
“We are building camaraderie to help us know who to contact in different areas,” he said. “It’s like a big family, and we learn from each other, and it makes the job a little bit of fun.”
Burkhalter bragged about his shooting ability before taking the range at Natchez-native David Huber’s trap shooting range.
“I’m going to show these young whippersnappers how it’s done,” He said.
Copiah County extension director Shelby Bearden said the trip to Giles Island was his favorite of the week, but he enjoyed his stay in Natchez.
“We’ve had a lot of fun events,” Bearden said.