Ag Industry Tours
1. Bare Bison
Bison, the largest hooved mammal in North America, used to be prominent across the continent, including in our own state. Four men have worked together in developing Bare Bison and bringing this impressive creature back to Iowa. Visit this 350-acre bison farm near Van Meter to learn how this group of partners built their herd and learned to manage these fascinating animals. Tour the facilities, learn about the challenges of this new venture, and even sample products made from their own grass-fed bison.
2. Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ames is home to one of the world-renowned veterinary medical colleges. Iowa State Veterinary College of Veterinary Medicine is the first public veterinary medical college in the nation. While on the tour you will be able to view the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory that attracts over 90,000 cases per year. Take the chance to tour this laboratory and learn more about this state-of-the-art facility.
3. Market to Market Studio
As a live studio audience, join host Delaney Howell and analyst Angie Setzer in the recording of an episode of Market to Market. See firsthand what it takes to film a show that covers the over 1 trillion-dollar business of food, and those issues affecting the 56 million citizens of rural America. Have the chance to engage in a Q&A session following the recording.
Departs at 2:00 PM
4. Peace Tree Brewing Co.
Brewing great beer is a passion of Peace Tree Brewing Co. The original brewery in Knoxville, Iowa has quickly grown to distribute across Iowa and parts of Nebraska. Join us at their Des Moines location to hear about the process of brewing beer at Peace Tree and how they got their start. After a tour, indulge in a taste test of some of their brews.
5. Iowa Capitol Building
The Iowa Capitol Building is recognizable for its golden dome in the Des Moines skyline. Interested in learning more about the history of this building and grassroots movements? Join us for a tour of the Capitol and its dome. After the tour Don McDowell, Grassroots Program Manager at Iowa Farm Bureau, will take you through a crash course in lobbying to help you speak with your representatives at the Capitol.
6. John Deere Des Moines Works
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. While on the tour you will have the opportunity to see sprayer spreader and cotton harvester production. No video cameras, cell phones, open-toed shoes or sandals allowed. Parts of this tour are outdoors, please dress accordingly.