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Tulare, Calif. – Scott Seargeant and Brian Keith, who submitted a video on behalf of Revolier Films, have won World Ag Expo’s “Where Would We Be Without Farmers?” video contest.  In the video, Seargeant and Keith feature a local farmer

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World Ag Expo Introduces Guided Educational School Tours for 2015

Tulare, Calif. - This year, for the first time ever, World Ag Expo will offer guided school tours to students in 9th through 12th grades during 2015 World Ag Expo.

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Agriculture Tours

 

Note: All Ag Tours will meet in front of the Heritage Complex at the Western end of the showgrounds. 
 

Ag Tour # 1:  Fresno Wine Tour

Visit three Fresno-area boutique wineries that focus on creating quality wines: Engelmann Cellars, Lo Mac Winery and A. Nonini Winery. Learn about the winemaking process while wine tasting and touring three beautiful vineyards and their adjacent facilities.  Lunch is provided at Engelmann Cellars.

Ag Tour #2 & 6:  Visalia Dairy Tour

Elkhorn and Milky Way dairies are located north of Visalia.  This tour will highlight the technology and state-of-the-art facilities used by California dairies.  At Elkhorn Dairy, learn about the carousel milking parlor which milks 3,300 cows, three times each day. The tour will also include a visit the 5-acre solar farm that provides electricity for the operation.  At Milky Way Dairy, see how operators use a herringbone-pattern milking parlor to manage two herds, each milking three times per day.

Ag Tour #3:  Citrus Tour

This tour will visit three locations:  University of California Lindcove Research & Extension Center, McKellar Family Farms and Monrovia Nursery.  Established in 1959, the UC LREC has 100 acres of citrus grown in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley.  The LREC tour will include a discussion of the research and budwood release programs conducted at LREC and a display and tasting of 50 varieties of citrus. Lunch is provided at McKellar Family Farms, where you will tour the citrus orchards, view equipment and get a better understanding of the process from tree to table. After lunch, you will visit Visalia-area Monrovia Nursery’s 1000 acres of 40 varieties of citrus trees.

Ag Tour #4:  Kingsburg & Fresno Wine Tour

Visit three family-owed wineries, committed to crafting wines of unique character: Ramos Torres Winery, Yribarren Family Vineyards and Milla Vineyards. Learn about the winemaking process while wine tasting and touring three beautiful vineyards and their adjacent facilities. Lunch will be provided by Milla Vineyards.

Ag Tour #5:  Dairy & Feed Mill Tour

Curtimade Dairy Inc. is celebrating 101 years in farming and dairy!  The dairy milks 3000 cows and has aggressively changed from a Holstein operation to predominately Jersey operation over the last 2 years. They farm 1,100 acres where they grow their own wheat, corn and alfalfa to feed their herd. Most of their Jerseys are raised on the premises. In addition to the dairy and farming they have a single axis solar tracking system that covers 4 acres, providing approximately $200,000+ savings annually. After visiting Curtimade Dairy Inc., you will visit J.D. Heiskell & Co. Feed Mill, in Pixley. The tour will view a feed manufacturing and transload facility. On the tour, you will also view the production warehouse and service trucks, and learn about rail unloading and services.

Ag Tour #7:  Citrus Groves and Historic Exeter Tour

The tour will begin in Exeter, a quaint town at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills. Exeter has 28 outdoor murals throughout town that remind residents of its roots and attracts visitors with its artistry. It has earned the distinction of being one of America’s Prettiest Painted Places. Peer into Exeter’s past while enjoying its present small-town splendor.   The tour will conclude with a visit to Jim and Stacy Morcom’s citrus groves and orchards, where you will visit Navel Orange, Valencia, Enola, Mandarin and grapefruit groves.  Plums, pluots, and persimmons are also grown here. Lunch will be provided by the Morcoms.

 

 


Note: All Ag Tours will meet in front of the Heritage Complex at the Western end of the showgrounds. 
 


Ag Tour # 1:  Fresno Wine Tour


Visit three Fresno-area boutique wineries that focus on creating quality wines: Engelmann Cellars, Lo Mac Winery and A. Nonini Winery. Learn about the winemaking process while wine tasting and touring three beautiful vineyards and their adjacent facilities.  Lunch is provided at Engelmann Cellars.


Ag Tour #2 & 6:  Visalia Dairy Tour


Elkhorn and Milky Way dairies are located north of Visalia.  This tour will highlight the technology and state-of-the-art facilities used by California dairies.  At Elkhorn Dairy, learn about the carousel milking parlor which milks 3,300 cows, three times each day. The tour will also include a visit the 5-acre solar farm that provides electricity for the operation.  At Milky Way Dairy, see how operators use a herringbone-pattern milking parlor to manage two herds, each milking three times per day.


Ag Tour #3:  Citrus Tour


This tour will visit three locations:  University of California Lindcove Research & Extension Center, McKellar Family Farms and Monrovia Nursery.  Established in 1959, the UC LREC has 100 acres of citrus grown in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley.  The LREC tour will include a discussion of the research and budwood release programs conducted at LREC and a display and tasting of 50 varieties of citrus. Lunch is provided at McKellar Family Farms, where you will tour the citrus orchards, view equipment and get a better understanding of the process from tree to table. After lunch, you will visit Visalia-area Monrovia Nursery’s 1000 acres of 40 varieties of citrus trees.


Ag Tour #4:  Kingsburg & Fresno Wine Tour


Visit three family-owed wineries, committed to crafting wines of unique character: Ramos Torres Winery, Yribarren Family Vineyards and Milla Vineyards. Learn about the winemaking process while wine tasting and touring three beautiful vineyards and their adjacent facilities. Lunch will be provided by Milla Vineyards.


Ag Tour #5:  Dairy & Feed Mill Tour


Curtimade Dairy Inc. is celebrating 101 years in farming and dairy!  The dairy milks 3000 cows and has aggressively changed from a Holstein operation to predominately Jersey operation over the last 2 years. They farm 1,100 acres where they grow their own wheat, corn and alfalfa to feed their herd. Most of their Jerseys are raised on the premises. In addition to the dairy and farming they have a single axis solar tracking system that covers 4 acres, providing approximately $200,000+ savings annually. After visiting Curtimade Dairy Inc., you will visit J.D. Heiskell & Co. Feed Mill, in Pixley. The tour will view a feed manufacturing and transload facility. On the tour, you will also view the production warehouse and service trucks, and learn about rail unloading and services.


Ag Tour #7:  Citrus Groves and Historic Exeter Tour


The tour will begin in Exeter, a quaint town at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills. Exeter has 28 outdoor murals throughout town that remind residents of its roots and attracts visitors with its artistry. It has earned the distinction of being one of America’s Prettiest Painted Places. Peer into Exeter’s past while enjoying its present small-town splendor.   The tour will conclude with a visit to Jim and Stacy Morcom’s citrus groves and orchards, where you will visit Navel Orange, Valencia, Enola, Mandarin and grapefruit groves.  Plums, pluots, and persimmons are also grown here. Lunch will be provided by the Morcoms.