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2016 World Ag Expo Closes with Record Numbers

Tulare, Calif.- Thursday, February 11, 2016, marked the final day of the three-day show, World Ag Expo. The 49th annual show, which was held at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, California, opened Tuesday, February 9, at 9:00 a.m. Attendees

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IAC Prepares for 49th Annual World Ag Expo

International Agri-Center Prepares For 49th Annual World Ag Expo

 

Tulare, Calif. - World Ag Expo will kick off its 49th annual show on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, in Tulare, California. Gates open at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, and the playing

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Agriculture Tours

2016 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Each year, World Ag Expo provides agricultural tours.  Tours typically include visits to local agricultural operations and highlights.

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.

Ag Tour # 1:  Fresno Wine Tour


$50
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Visit three Fresno-area boutique wineries that focus on creating quality wines: Engelmann Cellars, LoMac 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:  Visalia Dairy


$40

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
9:15 a.m. to 1:00 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.

 

Ag Tour #3:  Citrus Groves and Historic Exeter


$40
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The tour will begin in Exeter, a quaint town at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills. Exeter has 28 outdoor murals 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, Minneola, Mandarin and grapefruit groves.  Plums, pluots, and persimmons are also grown here. Lunch will be provided by the Morcoms.

 

Ag Tour #4: Yribarren Winery and Orchards


$50
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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 about 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.

Ag Tour #5: Citrus


$40
Thursday, February 11, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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 more than 100 acres of citrus in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley.  At 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, view equipment and get 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.

Ag Tour #6:  Wonderful Citrus and J.D. Heiskell Mill


$40
Thursday, February 11, 2016
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.

Ag Tour #7:  Visalia Dairy


$40
Thursday, February 11, 2016
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.

 

Media: Please contact Media@farmshow.org for more information on ag tours.

Last Updated Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 02:24 AM.