*please note - the tour options have changed since registration closed.
Two separate AgTours will depart at staggered times beginning at 6:35 a.m. on Friday, March 28. Each tour bus will visit several agribusiness and/or production companies in a different region of central Iowa. Breakfast and lunch will be provided either on the bus or at one of the tour stops.
Tour #1 - Northern Iowa (departs at 6:45 a.m.)
1. Sukup Manufacturing
- Sukup Manufacturing Co. is a family-owned manufacturer of grain bins, grain dryers, material handling equipment and pre-engineered metal buildings. The world's fastest growing bin company and largest family-owned, full-line grain drying and storage equipment manufacturer, Sukup Manufacturing Co. is located in the heart of rich, Midwestern farmland. Since the introduction of our first stirring machine in 1963, we have been manufacturing products to make grain production more efficient for farmers.
2. Hagie Manufacturing
- Ray Hagie's Iowa farmstead became the birthplace of Hagie Manufacturing - and the world's first self-propelled sprayer. Three generations, millions of acres and more than a half-century later, the combination of pride, honesty and old-fashioned work ethic that Ray Hagie instilled in the company still exists at Hagie. Their mission is to optimize our customer’s growth, by providing the most innovative application equipment in the crop production industry
3. Bear Creek Watershed - The Bear Creek watershed is located in north-central Iowa and is the depositional remnant of the late Wisconsin glaciation in Iowa. Bear Creek runs 21.6 miles and empties into the Skunk River. The watershed drains 17,180 acres of farmland, most of which has been subjected to tile-drainage over the past 40 years; approximately 85% of the watershed is devoted to corn and soybean agriculture.4. Prairie Moon Winery
- Prairie Mood Winery is a family owned and operated winery in Ames, Iowa. In 2000, Steven Nissen planted the first vines of what now has become a thirteen acre vineyard. The dream was to grow high quality grapes, in order to create fine estate wines, without having to buy grapes from established growing areas like California. We may not be able to grow well-known varieties like Merlot, Chardonnay, or Cabernet, but we have many new hybrid varieties along with native American grapes that provide a lot of new tastes to the palate.
Tour #2 - Southern Iowa (departs at 7:00 a.m.)
1. World Food Prize
- The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The Prize recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply -- food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership and the social sciences. By honoring those who have worked successfully toward this goal, The Prize calls attention to what has been done to improve global food security and to what can be accomplished in the future.
2. Vermeer Manufacturing
- Vermeer is a world leading manufacturer of agriculture, construction, surface mining, tree care, organic recycling and wood waste processing equipment.
3. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
- Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1990 with a mission to actively protect, restore, reconstruct and manage the diverse native ecosystems of tallgrass prairie, oak savanna, and sedge meadow. These were the native habitats existing on the Refuge’s 5,600 acres prior to Euro-American settlement. The Refuge serves as a major environmental education, volunteer and outdoor recreation hub for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy. The Refuge also strives to provide assistance to local landowners as they improve their lands for wildlife habitat.
4. DuPont Pioneer
- DuPont Pioneer, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere.