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Agriculture Tours

2014 Ag Tour Schedule (check back for 2015 schedule)

Fresno Wine Tour

Price: $50 (lunch provided)
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 9 a.m.
Length: Approximately 5 Hours

This tour includes a visit to Engelmann Cellars, La Mack Winery, and A. Nonini Winery located west of Fresno.  Lunch will be provided at Engelmann Cellars.  Wine tasting will be available at all three wineries, along with touring some of the facilities.  This is always a great tour!

Elkhorn and Milky Way Dairies

Price: $40 (box lunch included)
Dates: Tuesday, February 11 and Thursday, February 13, 9:15 a.m.
Length: Approximately 4.5 Hours

This tour features a visit to two large scale dairies, Elkhorn and Milky Way dairies, located north of Visalia.  Elkhorn is a state-of-the-art carousel milking parlor that milks 3,300 cows, three times a day which uses solar power to provide electricity to the dairy.  At Milky Way Dairy, you will see a herringbone bone milking parlor that manages two herds in tandem and milks three times a day.

Sun Pacific Packing House and Lindcove Research & Extension Center

Price: $40 (box lunch included)
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 9:30 a.m.
Length: Approximately 4.5 Hours

Tulare County is a state leader in citrus production and is in full swing in February.  On this tour, you will visit Sun Pacific Packing facility in Tulare which will be in full production on the Navel Orange and Mandarin season.  You will follow the path of the fruit from sorting to packing.  Catwalks provide a bird’s eye view of the facilities in action.

The second half of this tour will be the Lindcove Research & Extension Center a Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources within the University of California. Located on 175 acres in the foothills east of Visalia the center was established in 1959 by San Joaquin Valley citrus growers and the University of California, Riverside.  The Center has more than 100 acres of citrus in the heart of the area where the majority of the citrus trees are grown in California. 

Scientists conduct research programs that evaluate new varieties of citrus, better ways to grow citrus and new ways to manage pests.  Extension programs communicate the results to the citrus clientele as well as the general public.  The tour will include citrus tasting and a visit to the Citrus Demonstration field were you will see over 100 varieties of citrus trees.

Fresno Wine Tour

Price:$50 (lunch included)
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 9:00 a.m.
Length: Approximately 5 Hours

Since our wine tours have been so popular, we have added two new wineries this year.  You will visit Milla, Moravia and Yribarren Vineyards for wine tasting.  Moriavia and Yribarren are the two new wineries that we have included this year.  Milla will be providing the lunch for our guests.

Curtimade Dairy/UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Teaching & Research Center

Price: $40 (box lunch included)
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 9:15 a.m.
Length: Approximately 4 Hours

Curtimade Dairy is a 3,000 Holstein dairy with an 1,100 acre farm.  They grow their own wheat, corn and alfalfa to provide for their herd.  All their Holsteins are raised on their facility.  The dairy has a solar mounted tracking system which covers four acres and provides a savings of approximately $145,000 a year.

Also included in this tour is a visit to the UC Davis facility.  This facility is a leading educational and research organization for dairy production medicine and herd health.  Staff here will give a tour of the facility and answer questions on dairy health situations.

Monrovia Nursery & Lagomarsino Farms

Price: $40 (box lunch included)
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 9:30 a.m.
Length: Approximately 4 Hours

This tour includes a visit of Monrovia Nursery’s newest facility located on more than 1,000 acres east of Visalia.  The nursery grows more than 40 varieties of citrus trees.  There is a large range of plant material grown here for all the zones nationwide. 

Also included in this tour will be a visit to Lagomarsino Farms to visit their cherry orchards and blueberry facility.  You will hear what methods are used to make this a successful crop.

NEW FOR 2014! Exeter Citrus Groves and Orchards

Price: $40 (box lunch included)
Date: Thursday, February 13, 9:15 a.m.
Length: Approximately 4 Hours

A new tour this year is a visit to Jim and Stacy Marcom’s citrus groves and orchards in Exeter.  We will visit the Navel Orange, Valencia, Enola, Mandarin and grapefruit groves.  Also grown here are plums, pluots, and persimmons. 

The second half of this tour will be to Exeter, a quaint town at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills.  Here you will follow the history of agriculture and the area on a self guided tour of hand-painted  murals.  There are also a variety of shops to visit.


Curtimade Dairy

Price: $25 (no lunch)
Date: Thursday, February 13, 9:00 a.m.
Length: Approximately 4 Hours

Curtimade Dairy is a 3,000 Holstein dairy with an 1,100 acre farm.  They grow their own wheat, corn and alfalfa to provide for their herd.  All their Holsteins are raised on their facility.  The dairy has a solar mounted tracking system which covers four acres and provides a savings of approximately $145,000 a year.


Special Notes

Due to time conflicts, it is only possible to attend one tour per day.  Tour tickets are NOT admission to World Ag Expo.  If planning to utilize the Park and Ride bus to World Ag Expo on the day of your tour, be sure to choose a Park and Ride bus that has a drop off location at West Gate 2 (tour loading site).  No cameras or videos are allowed at tour sites.  Refunds will not be issued for late arrivals.

World Ag Expo reserves the right to make substitutions and/or changes to the tour program, schedule, and booking details. Tour participants agree to hold harmless the International Agri-Center, Inc. and its directors, volunteers and employees from and against any and all damages, claims, lossess and/or liabilities. *Note: World Ag Expo reserves the right to modify tour prices if necessary.

Last Updated Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 08:12 AM.