2016 Tour information:
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has developed two tours in conjunction with the 2016 World Pork Expo for visitors who want a further glimpse into U.S. agriculture. A two-day tour, June 6-7, 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.
The two-day tour, June 6-7, 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 Fair Oaks Farms, home of the Farmhouse Restaurant and The Pig Adventure which showcases modern pork production. The overnight stop will take place at Jumer's Hotel and Casino. Day Two will start with a stop at John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline, Illinois, and a new, start-of-the-art JBS feedmill and a modern wean-to-finish barn. The day also includes a stop at the Kinze Innovation Center and a barge trip on the Mississippi River — a vital waterway for shipping U.S. agricultural goods around the world. Participants can choose to board the tour bus either on June 5 in Des Moines, Iowa at the Hotel Renovo, or on June 6 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Rosemont, Illinois. The tour concludes at the Machine Shed Restaurant in Des Moines, IA.
The one-day tour on Tuesday, June 7, will focus on agricultural businesses in Central Iowa. The day will begin and end in Des Moines. This action-packed trip will include a look at crop and feed segments related to pork production with a stop at the DuPont Pioneer Research & Development Center, a visit to a modern wean-to-finish barn and new-state-of-the art feedmill owned by JBS, followed by a stop at a Hy-Vee grocery store for perspective on the U.S. retail food sector. The tour will also take attendees to Kinze Innovation Center and finally conclude with dinner at the iconic Machine Shed Restaurant. The tour starts and ends in Des Moines at the Machine Shed Restaurant.
For more information, contact:
National Pork Producers Council
Director of Producer Services
*Note: Tour stops are subject to change