As farm equipment and used tractors cross fields to harvest this year's crops, many people may get it in their mind to visit a producer in their area.
An effort from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is looking to make this easier for tourists by offering farms signs that will highlight their location. Commissioner Steve Troxler said the state's agritourism facilities act as a great community resource by bringing people together with their farming heritage.
"Signs at farm entrances will help visitors locate these agritourism operations along our rural country roads," Troxler said.
Farm equipment users who want to take part in the sign program must fill out an application form and pay a $20 fee. They also have to have a membership in the Goodness Grows program.
While this time of year may bring tourists out to rural areas, both motorists and used tractor owners should take extra precautions. Farm equipment should be marked with a slow-moving vehicle sign and operators should make sure they make it clear when they have to turn.
Meanwhile, motorists that spot a piece of farm equipment should make sure to slow down and be patient.