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.
 Bare Bison

1. Bare Bison (This tour is full.)

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.

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Ziegler CAT Altoona Plant

2. Ziegler CAT Altoona Plant (This tour is 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 cell phone use, 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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Market to Market

3. Market to Market Studio (This tour is full.)

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.

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4. Maytag Dairy (This tour is full.)

Maytag Dairy was started by E.H. Maytag, the son of Maytag Appliance Company founder F.L. Maytag, when he purchased a single Holstein cow to provide milk for his children. The first wheels of Maytag Blue Cheese were formed in October of 1941 by the Maytag family. Over 75 years later, the family is still making delicious products. Take a walking tour of the farm, hear about the history of the operation, and see the packaging department where Maytag Blue is hand-wrapped. Conclude your experience with a free sampling and the chance to browse the farm cheese shop.

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	Kemin Industries

5. Kemin Industries (This tour is full.)

Using superior science, Kemin manufactures more than 500 specialty ingredients that deliver important nutrition and health benefits through products consumed by people and animals. Participants will tour the Worldwide Headquarters and Molecular Advancement Center. No open-toed shoes or photography inside facilities. Those working at competing companies cannot participate.

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Bayer (Monsanto)

6. Bayer (Monsanto) (This tour is full.)

At Bayer, tour the Commercial Analytics lab, where they primarily work with corn and soybeans. See a variety of both instrumental and wet chemistry techniques used to support their Breeding and Commercial organizations. Have the chance to ask questions and discuss areas of interest. Next, tour the Molecular Breeding Technologies or Precision Genomics highly automated genotyping lab. This lab uses Seed Chipping, DNA Extraction, and Taqman PCR Analysis to obtain genotypic data for 20 crop and sample types. This lab includes numerous automated lines, operates 24 hours 5 days a week, and has approximately 50 full-time employees.

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