A group from the State of Veracruz, Mexico, visited Winston County recently. Like Winston County, Veracruz is in the Gulf of Mexico watershed, and the members of the study group wanted to learn more about the natural resources and the people in the State of Alabama. This study group was made up of citizens from all walks of life including an elementary school teacher, a biology professor, a cattle farmer, coffee grower, and a federal official. As part of the tour, we visited Barry and Lynn Hendrix's poultry farm, Charles and Kathy Brannon's beef cattle and vegetable farm, and Mr. Buford Spain's family farm and antique tool collection. The weather was scorching, but the group seemed to enjoy the farm visits. Each of the farmers and their families definitely enjoyed meeting these international travelers. Later that evening, the group attended the Rock Creek Watershed Kickoff Meeting in Arley. Each member of the study group related some of the lessons learned while visiting the United States. It was a privilege to be able to spend time with the study group, and I hope they enjoy the rest of their visit to Alabama.