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The 50th Anniversary of World Ag Expo Comes to a Close

Tulare, CA –The 2017 World Ag Expo came to a close on February 16, 2017, with large crowds, cutting-edge exhibits and a little bit of rain. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the world's largest annual agricultural exposition was

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Agriculture Tours

Dairy Tour:  Elkhorn and Milky Way Dairies

$45 – box lunch selection

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

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. 


Yribarren Winery and Orchards

$55 – Lunch provided by venue

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On this tour, attendees will visit the Central California Almond Growers Association and Yribarren Family Vineyards.  During the almond hulling facility portion of the tour, visitors will learn how almonds are processed. While at the Yribarren Family Vineyards, visitors will learn about the farming and production side of almonds, and will enjoy a boutique wine tasting and tour, and will feast on a provided lunch of BBQ lamb, prepared by Indart Ranch. The Indart Ranch Lamb operation spans three generations and prides itself on local, all natural, pasture-raised lamb.

Citrus Tour:  University of California Davis - Lindcove Research & Extension Center, McKellar Family Farms and Monrovia Nursery

$45 – box lunch selection

Thursday, February 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This tour will visit three locations:  University of California Davis - Lindcove Research & Extension Center, McKellar Family Farms and Monrovia Nursery.  Established in 1959, the UC LREC has more than 100 acres of citrus in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley.  At UC LREC, researchers conduct studies on citrus varieties, horticultural techniques and pest management. The UC LREC portion of the tour will include a display and tasting of citrus varieties.  Lunch is provided at McKellar Family Farms, where visitors will tour the citrus orchards, and receive a better understanding of the process from tree to table. After lunch, visitors will stop at Visalia-area Monrovia Nursery’s 1000 acres of 40 varieties of citrus trees. By the end of the tour, visitors will have an understanding of how much care and forethought goes into producing top-quality fruit, in addition to the research conducted to improve growing conditions.


Wonderful Citrus and J.D. Heiskell Mill

$45 – box lunch selection

Thursday, February 16, 2017
9:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

The Wonderful Citrus tour is a guided walking tour through the 700,000+ square foot Wonderful Halos packinghouse in Delano.  Guests will watch thousands of California mandarins travel through pre-sort, packaging and shipping in a state-of-the-art packinghouse. Guests must wear long pants and flat, closed-toe shoes to enter the Halos facility. Jewelry will not be allowed into the facility (including, but not limited to: watches, hairclips, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings with stones.)                                                                              

After visiting Wonderful Citrus, visitors will stop at the J.D. Heiskell & Co. feed mill, in Pixley.  The tour will view a feed manufacturing and trans-load facility. On the tour, you will also view the production warehouse and service trucks, and learn about rail unloading and services.


Downtown Exeter – Free! 

Are you here on vacation and looking for something fun to do during World Ag Expo? Exeter Park & Ride is offering a free shuttle from World Ag Expo to historical, Downtown Exeter where you will be welcomed to shop, dine and play. Walk down tree-lined streets filled with unique boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and 31 beautiful outdoor murals.

Just jump on the Park & Ride bus at Gate 2 and enjoy free transportation both ways! (Special Notes listed below do not apply to Downtown Exeter) 

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 & Ride bus to World Ag Expo on the day of your tour, be sure to choose a Park & 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.

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Last Updated Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 02:53 PM.