"On this tour today we learned about the cotton gin, we went to the ethanol plant, learned about all of that," Levelland FFA Chapter President Sydney Shakespeare said, "and now we're at the peanut plant learning how the farmers grow and produce the peanut crops."
Sydney Shakespeare, the Levelland FFA Chapter President, was one of about 30 people that took part in this year's Levelland Chamber of Commerce Ag Awareness Tour.
The tour included stops at the United Cotton Growers Gin, Diamond Ethanol Plant and the Clint Williams Peanut Plant.
Doug Hoelscher, who is a member of the Levelland Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee, told us the goal of the tour is giving people who are not involved with agriculture on a daily basis a sample of what goes on in the very county they call home.
"What we want to try to do is get the people in town and businesses that are not involved in agriculture to kind of see what we have to offer here in Hockley County as far as agriculture goes," Hoelscher said. "Because there is a lot going on here in our county."
On the tour of the peanut plant the participants got to see a bit of everything from freight and transport, all the way to the grading process of peanuts.
For the FFA members, Shakespeare said it was important to take part in this tour because it represents who they are and allows them to learn more of the behind the scenes.
They believe tours like these are beneficial and would be great for everyone to go on just to understand where products they use everyday come from.
"I think all kids can get more knowledge about what makes up everything we use everyday," Shakespeare said. "And I think it would be very productive even as people in the town that way they can know what they are living by and what they use."
"I think it's a good experience for everybody," Levelland FFA Chapter Vice President Seth Durham said. "I mean you learn about the base of our community, which is agriculture. It helps everybody get out there and learn more about it. When your in a small town community like this, this is what we thrive off is the fields, the cotton fields, the peanut fields, the ethanol plant, stuff like that. And it gives a great opportunity for everybody to learn."
And for even people who have been involved in agriculture their entire life, like Hoelscher, even they learn something on the tour.
"Because I've been involved in it all my life and it seems like I learn something every time I go on one of these tours," Hoelscher said. "So there's a lot to learn and there's a lot to offer with this tour."
The Levelland Chamber of Commerce hosts this tour every other year and hopes to continue showing off the various agriculture industries housed in their very own county.