2015 Tour information:*
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has developed two tours in conjunction with the 2015 World Pork Expo for visitors who want a further glimpse into U.S agriculture. A two-day tour, June 1-2, will feature a broad agricultural overview, from crop and pork production, to farm equipment and shipping. A one-day tour will highlight agribusiness in central Iowa. Registration for tours is now available as part of attendee registration.
The two-day tour, June 1-2, underwritten by the Illinois Soybean Association, will venture into Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, giving visitors an up-close look at U.S. corn, soybean and livestock production. Day One highlights include visits to a Co-Alliance feed mill, the anaerobic digester that recycles animal waste at Bio Town Ag, and Fair Oaks Farms, home of the Farmhouse Restaurant and The Pig Adventure, which showcases modern pork production. Day Two will include a barge trip on the Mississippi River — a vital waterway for shipping U.S. agricultural goods around the world — as well as stops at the John Deere Harvester Works and a Cargill wean-to-finish swine barn. Participants can choose to board the tour bus either on May 31 at the Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport in Des Moines, Iowa, or on June 1 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Chicago-O'Hare in Illinois. The tour concludes at the Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport the evening of June 2.
The one-day tour on Tuesday, June 2, will feature insights about crop research and production at the DuPont Pioneer Research & Development Center, and advances in swine nutrition and feed ingredients at Kemin Industries' research and product-development facilities. Additional stops include a commercial wean-to-finish facility, lunch at the Lucky Pig restaurant owned and operated by pork producer Craig Christensen, and a modern Hy-Vee grocery store, followed by dinner at the Machine Shed Restaurant. The tour starts and ends at the Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport.
For more information, contact:
National Pork Producers Council
Director of Producer Services
*Note: Tour stops are subject to change