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Ag Industry Tours

Ag Industry Tours Attend one of six Des Moines-area ag industry tours on Friday, February 2. Space in each tour is limited, so please register soon! Tours are for adults only (except for Meals from the Heartland) – we are unable to offer daycare during this time.
 Iowa State University Biorenewable Facilities/Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

1. Iowa State University Biorenewable Facilities/Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (Registration Full)                                               

Ranked number one among all national universities, their mission is to “encompass a global view of the entire food production system—the wise management of natural resources in the production, processing, storage, handling, and use of food, fiber and other biological products.” Currently, ABE is researching water quality and management, engineering for economically and environmentally sound animal production systems, grain handling and food processing, and so much more! Come see what Iowa State’s ABE department is working on, and witness the new and upcoming technologies that will impact the future of agriculture.

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Ziegler CAT Altoona Plant

2. Ziegler CAT Altoona Plant (Registration Full)                                           

Experience first-hand one of the largest Cat® equipment dealers in the Midwest. You’ll explore their 48-service bays and see technicians in action; discover their extensive parts inventory and distribution system; and learn about the benefits of Cat equipment that can help you maximize efficiency and lower operating costs. You’ll also hear more about the exclusive savings on the purchase of Cat equipment available to you as an Iowa Farm Bureau member. No video cameras, cell phones, open-toed shoes, or sandals allowed. Tour attendees will be provided with safety glasses. Participants working at competing companies cannot participate.

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 Iowa Culinary Institute

3. Iowa Culinary Institute (Registration Full)                                            

This premier culinary program located on the Ankeny Des Moines Area Community College campus currently serves 225 students. Their chefs have been educating students on the importance of good business practices and utilizing Iowa’s locally grown products. Join Chef Carey and his students as they take you on a tour of the Iowa Culinary Institute, and talk about how restaurants source food, the farm to table movement and importance of producer to chef relations!

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John Deere Des Moines Works

4. John Deere Des Moines Works (Registration Full)

Go behind the scenes to see how their biggest machines are brought to life in one of the most modern and efficient factories in the world. Their tour guides will take you through each stage of the manufacturing process, explaining how all the pieces come together to create these massive green machines. John Deere Des Moines Works manufactures self-propelled sprayers, cotton pickers, tillage equipment, and grain drills. No video cameras, cell phones, open-toed shoes or sandals allowed. Participants working at competing companies cannot participate.

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Picket Fence Creamery

5. Picket Fence Creamery (Registration Full)                                             

Learn about value-added agriculture, entrepreneurship and direct marketing from owners Jill and Jeff Burkhart. In 2003, the Burkharts adopted value-added agriculture when they created a Grade A bottling plant to expand their 80-acre family dairy farm. Picket Fence Creamery produces milk, cream, ice cream, cheese balls, cheese curds and farmraised beef. Today, they sell directly to 60 stores and restaurants. Come and join Picket Fence Creamery as you learn, and taste, your way through how they got to where they are today!

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