Before World Pork Expo officially begins, producers from throughout the world can get a taste of Midwestern agriculture and hospitality on three pre-Expo tours, June 6-7.

“Our goal is to let guests from throughout the world experience the diversity and importance of agriculture to Iowa, to the United States and to the world,” says Bryan Humphreys, LEADR director, for the National Pork Producers Council. “Participants also will enjoy free admission to World Pork Expo.”

On the two-day tour, participants will see the locks-and-dam system that moves agricultural products through the Mississippi River, a local soybean farm, and the John Deere Pavilion museum. By popular demand, the group also will visit Cinnamon Ridge Farms, which features 4,000 acres of corn and soybeans, wean-to-finish swine facilities, a beef operation and a dairy.

Two one-day tours are available for those with limited schedules. On Mondaevy, the tour will head to a Christensen Farms feed mill, as well as one of the Midwest’s largest food-distribution companies and the newly remodeled Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The Tuesday-only tour features stops at Swine Genetics International’s boar-reproduction facility, Kemin Industries and Pioneer Hi-Bred.

For registration details on any of these tours, go to worldpork.org.