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2023 Young Farmer Ag Insights Tour Itinerary 

Wednesday, July 12 - Evening Hotel accommodation available for long-distance participants.
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Day One: Thursday, July 13

Bus departing from 5400 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Sunset Hills Bison Ranch

Malcom, IA
Tour the ranch and learn about the nuances of raising a buffalo heard. Feed the buffalo & enjoy a tasty buffalo stick on this unique stop that includes direct marketing to consumers.

Cedar Ridge Distillery

Swisher, IA
We will enjoy lunch at the first licensed distillery in Iowa since prohibition. This upscale venue features a vineyard, winery, and distillery. Following lunch, we will tour the distillery & learn about the whiskey making process. Dad always said, “don’t tell me, show me.” Well, our tour includes a tasting of this award-winning Iowa corn whisky!

Dan & Debbie’s Creamery

Ely, IA
After a long lunch and a clean palate, how about a cold treat on a hot day? Dan and Debbies Creamery is an expansion of their 1st generation dairy farm that includes roughly 150 holsteins. The creamery, located in Ely, produces milk, cheese, butter, and yes, ice cream! We will enjoy a tour of the creameries production process followed by a scoop of hand crafted Iowa ice cream!

Hotel Julien

Dubuque, IA
Sound like a long day? How about a relaxing evening on the river in one of Iowa’s most historic hotels? Receiving a $30 million renovation in 2009, Hotel Julien has hosted the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, and Al Capone. Enjoy an evening to yourselves to explore the city of Dubuque!

Day Two: Friday, July 14

Breakfast at Caroline’s (Hotel Julien Restaurant)

US Lock and Dam No. 11

Dubuque, IA
We will start our day on the Mississippi with the Army Corps of Engineers as they give us an in depth educational tour of Lock and Dam 11. The Rock Island District maintains 314 miles of nine-foot navigation channel on the Mississippi River, Including operation of 12 lock and dam sites.

Big River Resources

Dyersville, IA
Put on your safety glasses (provided) as we talk a tour of the ethanol process from kernel to fuel & feed with Big River Resources at their 110MMgy ethanol plant in Dyersville, IA.

Want to get home for the weekend? Me too. Grab a box lunch after the plant tour and we are out of here!

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