Ag Industry Tours

Iowa State University Kent Feed Mill

1. Iowa State University Feed Mill

The new Iowa State University Kent Feed Mill and Grain Science Complex was designed to provide students with more hands-on experience in feed production, while serving as the major feed source for all the university’s research farms. The facility is expected to be operational towards the end of the Fall 2022 semester. This tour includes the new feed mill complex, along with a driving tour of Iowa State’s various research farms. Please dress for the weather, wear closed toe shoes, and limit personal items when on this tour.

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Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

2. Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) is a national leader in protecting animal and human health. The full-service laboratories at the VDL process upwards of 100,000 cases each year and conduct more than a million tests annually. It provides quality diagnostic services for animal species, including necropsy, bacteriology, serology, histopathology, virology, parasitology, molecular diagnostics, toxicology and analytical services. Take the opportunity to tour this laboratory and learn more about this state-of-the-art facility.

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The National Animal Disease Center

3. National Animal Disease Center

The National Animal Disease Center is a federally-funded research facility dedicated to investigating and producing technology related to eliminating infectious, genetic and metabolic diseases of livestock and poultry across the United States. Research projects at the facility range from cattle to turkeys to wild animals. Tour this facility to learn more about the center’s mission and research capabilities.

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Iowa Farm Bureau

4. Iowa Farm Bureau Campus

Take a look behind the scenes of Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. Meet the staff that helps put together conferences, runs IFB social media, shapes policy proposals, and supports Iowa farmers. This is your chance to view the President’s office, sit in the executive board rooms, and tour the Federation’s head office.

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5. Corteva

Corteva Agriscience evolved from Dow, DuPont and Pioneer. They are focused on creating a sustainable agricultural ecosystem that supports people, progress, and the plant by working with both producers and consumers. Using science, they are paving the way in agriculture advancement. This tour will include the automated greenhouse and seed treatment facilities. Employees of competitors are not allowed on this tour.

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Iowa State Fair

6. Iowa State Fair – Behind the Scenes

The Iowa State Fair annually attracts over one million people, making it one of the largest and most attended fairs in the nation. While you may have been to the fair, have you ever wondered what it takes to put on the fair each year? Join Iowa State Fair staff for a behind the scenes look at planning the Iowa State Fair. This tour includes a presentation followed by driving tour of the fairgrounds.

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