I-29 Moo University to offer California dairy tours and World Ag Expo trip

Dairy
Midwest dairy producers will have the opportunity to tour dairy farms in California and network with fellow dairy producers during an upcoming trip offered by the I-29 Moo University.

October 15, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. — The I-29 Moo University consortium of Extension dairy specialists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota will host a “California Dairy Tours and World Ag Expo Trip” in the Fresno and Tulare, California areas on February 9-13, 2020. This tour is open to dairy producers and agri-business personnel. 

The tour will focus on agriculture in California with an emphasis on dairy production. Participants will tour dairy farms in the Fresno and Tulare areas, spend one day at the World Ag Expo and another day touring local attractions and other California agriculture commodities. 

“This tour provides Midwest dairy producers the opportunity to tour dairy farms in California and network with fellow dairy producers,” said Kim Clark, dairy extension educator at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.  “We want dairy producers to experience California agriculture and dairy production.”

“We understand dairy producers are facing challenging times financially and with this year’s weather events,” said Tracey Erickson, dairy field specialist at South Dakota State University.  “Thanks to the support of our sponsors, we are able to offer this trip at a discounted rate for dairy producers and our current year sponsors.”

Fees for the tour include airfare, hotel, most meals, bus transportation and fees for parks and World Ag Expo. Tour fees start at $1,100 for dairy producers for the double occupancy rate. The registration information and a $250 non-refundable deposit are due by November 1. Final payment is due by December 30.   

For the full agenda for the trip and the fees, visit https://dairy.unl.edu/i-29-moo-university/upcoming-events 

The I-29 Moo University Consortium connects extension dairy staff and dairy producers from North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska to share research, information and management practices through workshops, webinars, monthly e-newsletters and on-farm tours.

For more information and to register, contact Tracey Erickson at 605-882-5140 orTracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu, or Kim Clark at 402-472-6065 or kimclark@unl.edu.

This program is made possible by I-29 Moo University FY 2020 sponsors; GOLD: STgenetics, Sealpro Silage Barrier Films by Connor Agriscience; SILVER: Central Plains Dairy Foundation, Automated Waste Systems LLC, Form-A-Feed, Elanco Animal Health; BRONZE: Nebraska State Dairy Association, Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, Agropur Inc, American Agco Trading Company, Cottonseed LLC, Alforex Seeds, AminoPlus Ag Processing Inc, Phileo by Lesaffre, Trans Ova Genetics,Iowa State Dairy Association, Minnesota Milk Producers Association, Associated Milk Producers Inc.

Kim Clark
Extension Educator
Nebraska Extension
402-472-6065
kimclark@unl.edu