Agricultural Tours Feature Risk Management Strategies

June 8, 2018, 3:32 pm | Madeline Schultz

Benning speaking to women in ag tour participants.AMES, Iowa -- Six one-day bus tours will give Iowa women opportunities to visit diverse agricultural businesses. Each day tour is designed by local groups of women and led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county professionals and Women in Ag program. Women may select one tour or join several.

While showcasing Iowa’s agricultural diversity, each tour will feature five common agricultural risks: 1) costs and benefits of production practices, 2) safety of families and employees, 3) impacts of changing regulation, 4) storing and marketing farm products, and 5) managing soil and water.

The tour hosts are opening up their farms and agribusinesses to demonstrate their unique spins on niche to commodity agricultural production, processing and marketing. Extension specialists will add expertise and guide discussion along the way. Bus rides will include guided discussion, informative video clips and networking with other women interested in Iowa agriculture.

2018 Women in Ag Tours

  • Palo Alto County –  Thursday, June 14, 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Led by Angie Strohman, Palo Alto County Extension program educator. Tour includes: Bode’s Moonlight Gardens, catered lunch at park, Wirtz’s Farm, POET Ethanol Plant.
  • Southwest Iowa –  Friday, June 15, 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Led by Mary Ebert, Guthrie County Extension program coordinator. Tour includes: Early Morning Harvest, Lauritsen Cattle Company, lunch at Audubon County Extension Office, Veterinary Associates of Manning.
  • Hamilton County – Thursday, June 28, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Led by Susan Schmitz, Hamilton County Extension program coordinator. Tour includes: Boone River and Oxbows Area, Lost Lake Farm, lunch at Three Sisters Farm.
  • Central Iowa – Wednesday, Aug. 1, 12 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Led by Madeline Schultz, ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag program manager – Polk County. Tour includes: Louis Dreyfus Ethanol Plant, ISU Ag 450 Farm and Dairy Farm, supper at Geisler Farm.
  • Warren County – Friday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Led by Cortney Garrington, Warren County Extension executive director. Tour includes: Capital City Fruit, LaQuercia,  lunch at Annelise Winery,  Diversified Crop and Livestock Farm, General Mills.
  • Allamakee County • Friday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Led by Julie Christensen, Allamakee County office coordinator, and Teresa Wiemerslage, Allamakee County food systems coordinator. Tour includes: WW Homestead Dairy LLC, Ryan Collins Beef Farm and Tri State Precision Ag, lunch at Empty Nest Winery, Jason Howe Farm.

The cost for each tour is $25 and pre-registration is required. Register online at; contact the county tour leaders for assistance.

These tours are made possible through the support of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture - North Central Extension Risk Management Education program and Farm Credit Services of America.


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