Now you can see U.S. agriculture at its best by adding a tour at this year’s World Pork Expo set for Des Moines June 6-8. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has announced three tours for those who want to experience Midwestern agriculture and hospitality prior to the opening of World Pork Expo.

Those interested can choose a two-day tour highlighting livestock, crops and agribusinesses, or single-day excursions featuring agricultural destinations near Des Moines.

Information and cost of each tour is provided below. Select the tour you would like to join. The cost of the tours includes admission to the World Pork Expo for all days, June 6-8.

Tour One
Midwest Agriculture Highlights
June 4 & 5
Cost: $300
Monday, June 4
Tour Cinnamon Ridge Farms – Along with 4,000 acres of corn and soybeans, this farm has wean-to-finish buildings, a beef operation and a Jersey dairy operation. See the inside of the hog building through a specially designed viewing room, allowing visitors to observe modern production without compromising the farm's security measures.
Rock Island Arsenal – Tour locks and Dam 15, and witness how agricultural products are transported from the Midwest to the rest of the world.
Dinner – You will have the opportunity to interact with Midwest farmers and pork producers in a comfortable setting.

Tuesday, June 5
Breakfast – Enjoy a hearty "Midwest" breakfast
Tour John Deere Pavilion which was created as a celebration of the past, present and future of agribusiness. It is recognized as the world's most comprehensive agricultural exhibit.
Return to Des Moines.

Tour Two
Iowa Agriculture
Monday, June 4
Cost: $125
Tour one of the largest food distribution companies in the Midwest. Perishable Distributors of Iowa (PDI, Ltd) had 2010 sales of more than $835 million and a product list of more than 5,000 fresh and frozen items.

Christensen Farms – one of the top five pork producers in the United States. See how a feed mill operates for a large pork production facility;

Iowa State University (ISU) – Enjoy a brief tour of ISU's newly remodeled College of Veterinary Medicine.

Tour Three
Tuesday, June 5
Iowa Agri-Business
Cost: $125
Tour Swine Genetics International (SGI) – This recognized boar-reproduction company offers genetics through liquid and frozen semen.

Lunch at The Machine Shed Restaurant - a popular local favorite.
Pioneer Hi-Bred International – Tour one of the world's leading developers and suppliers of advanced plant genetics.

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 1-800-248-4013 or visit

Transportation: Shuttle buses will be provided from the Airport Holiday Inn to and from the World Pork Expo.

For more information or to register for the tours, click here

“These tours are a perfect way for Expo attendees to fully experience the diversity of agriculture here in the nation’s breadbasket,” says Bryan Humphreys, NPPC LEADR director. “Tour participants will have direct access to farm managers and agribusiness experts as they get to know fellow producers. And once the tours are finished, they will enjoy free admission to World Pork Expo.”

For more information, contact Bryan Humphreys or call (515) 864-7980.