The 2007 annual Blackland Income Growth Agricultural Tour will visit the ‘Salad Bowl of the World’ Aug. 13-17 in the Monterey and Salinas Valley areas of California.

The 45-year-old program was established to improve the agricultural and agri-business economy of the Blackland area through educational emphasis, said Rebecca Parker, Texas Cooperative Extension regional program director.

“We have a wonderful trip this year in a location renowned for its beauty and agricultural productivity,” she said.

Some of the stops will be: The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems - UC Santa Cruz; Earthbound and Serendipity Organic Farms; Monterey Farmer’s Market; Pezzini artichoke farm; Hahn Estates Winery; Monterey Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility; Monterey County Ag Center; strawberry and vegetable farming operations; nursery greenhouse operation; a California cattle operation; fish marketing site, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Participants will also visit Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Lone Cypress and Emma Prusch Farm Park.

Tour registration is limited to the first 80 people. The cost for the tour is $1,225 per person based on double occupancy. The fee covers airfare, hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation and most meals. Registration deadline is June 18.

The Blackland area includes 32 counties in Central and North Central Texas. Any producer or landowner is eligible to attend the programs, including a conference in January and a tour each August. The group coordinates a large agricultural conference in January (held in Waco) and an agricultural tour investigating new and different agricultural industries in August every year. Oversight for the program is provided through Extension in cooperation with a leadership producer board.

For more information or registration packet, call 972-952-9240 or e-mail Parker at r-parker@tamu.edu. Alana Williams can be contacted at 972-952-9258 for more information.