2017 Commodity Conference


Green Valley Farms, Inc.

The first stop for the Red Tour is Green Valley Farms, Inc., a wholesale nursery located in Montevallo, Alabama. Tour participants will see a variety of container and field grown trees, shrubs, sod and many items for the landscaping industry. President/owner Robert & Sylvia Byrd with the help of Lance & Dana Byrd, Scottie & Renee Fochtmann, and a team of degreed horticulturists on staff have committed to providing high quality products and excellent customer service, It began in 1950 and was incorporated in 1969. Originally in the cattle industry, Green Valley Farms, Inc. has since moved on through the poultry and market hog industry and in 1981 the family began growing and selling sod with expansion into tree production in 1989. By 1994 Green Valley Farms, Inc. had opened their wholesale and retail business and today they have grown into a multi-million dollar wholesale nursery operation of more than 200 acres in production. 


The University of Montevallo

The second stop for the Red Tour is the University of Montevallo - a four-year public university located in Montevallo, Alabama. Founded in 1896, it is Alabama's only public liberal arts college and a member of the prestigious Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. UM is ranked as the No. 1 public master's-level university in Alabama, a distinction it has held each year since 2008. Tour participants will have a guided tour of the campus, learn about the unique history, and see some interesting sites such as the King House. The King has was built by Edmund King in 1823. King, a successful planter and businessman, donated land for churches, roads, and schools, including for the Alabama Girls Industrial School (today known as the University of Montevallo). Today, the home is used as a guest house for visitors to the University, the oldest building on campus, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 14, 1972. 


Notable Alumni

  • John Amari, former member of both houses of the Alabama State Legislature and District 10 circuit court judge
  • Slade Blackwell, Republican member of the Alabama House Senate 
  • Beth Chapman, Secretary of State of Alabama, 2007-2013
  • Jim Dunaway, sports talk radio host and TV anchor 
  • Matt Fridy, Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives 
  • Todd Strange, Mayor of Montgomery, Alabama

Lunch to be served on campus 

Alabama National Cemetery

The third and final stop for the Red Tour will pay tribute to our veterans who have been laid to rest in the Alabama National Cemetery. With the passage of the National Cemetery Expansion Act of 2003, Congress directed the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish six new national cemeteries in areas with at least 170,000 residents not currently served by burial locations for veterans, including central Alabama. In 2008, the Alabama National Cemetery was formally dedicated and opened for burials June 25, 2009. Alabama National Cemetery is the third national cemetery built in the state and the 129th in the national cemetery system. The Alabama National Cemetery has support facilities including a Public Information Center, main entrance with Avenue of Flags, memorial wall with flag circle, offices and maintenance facilities, columbarium, committal shelters, and memorial walkway. A 2006 nationwide study revealed Alabama had the largest number per capita of active and retired military servicemen and women outside of a "reasonable proximity" to a national cemetery and led to the creation of the Alabama National Cemetery. 

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