Even before World Pork Expo begins, producers from throughout the world will have the opportunity to experience Midwestern agriculture and hospitality on three pre-Expo tours, June 4-5.

“These tours are a perfect way for World Pork Expo attendees to fully experience the diversity of agriculture here in the nation’s breadbasket,” says Bryan Humphreys, National Pork Producers Council director of grassroots organization LEADR. “And once the tours are finished, participants will enjoy free admission to World Pork Expo.”

On the two-day tour, participants will see the locks-and-dam system that enables agricultural products to traverse the Mississippi River, and the John Deere Pavilion museum. By popular demand, the group also will visit Cinnamon Ridge Farms, featuring 4,000 acres of corn and soybeans, wean-to-finish swine facilities and a beef operation. The cost for this tour is $300 per person.

For those with limited schedules, two, one-day tours are available. The Monday Iowa Agriculture Tour will feature a visit to one of the Midwest’s largest food-distribution companies and the newly remodeled Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as the university’s meat lab. The cost of this tour is $125.

The Tuesday-only Iowa Agribusiness Tour features stops at Swine Genetics International’s boar-reproduction facility and Pioneer Hi-Bred. The cost of this tour is $125.

You can participate in both one-day tours for a total of $200. Each tour includes a midday meal. All three tours begin and end in Des Moines and include bus transportation. The Airport Holiday Inn will serve as the primary starting and stopping points for the tours. For reservations, call (800) 248-4013. For more information or to register for the tours, go to http://bit.ly/HwWS99.