Students and faculty members will have a chance to visit five different types of agricultural businesses in mid-Missouri on Wednesday, April 22 for the 2015 Agribusiness Tour.
The fee for students to attend is $10 and for faculty members is $20. Sign-up and payment needs to be made in Mumford Hall room 200 by April 17. Meals and transportation will be provided.
Morgan Hickam, senior agriculture major, said she signed up to attend this event because it is an opportunity for her to network and communicate with agricultural businesses.
“I am very excited that CAFNR has decided to provide this opportunity for students, especially at such a low cost,” Hickam said.
The day begins with a trip to Danuser Machinery Company in Fulton. According to their website, Danuser is a family-owned manufacturer of diverse products, from OEM parts to industrial and agricultural attachments. This company started in 1910 and has over 77 employees.
Participants will then drive to Sydenstricker John Deere in Mexico, Missouri. As stated on their website, Sydenstricker, which has 10 locations in Missouri, is known for selling new and used John Deere agricultural, residential and construction equipment. They have certified service technicians, trained parts representatives and dedicated sales professionals that can assist customers with their equipment needs.
Once finished at Sydenstricker, the next stop in Mexico is Archer Daniels Midland Company. ADM is one of the largest agricultural processors in the world. They are responsible for processing crops to make food and animal feed ingredients, renewable fuels and naturally derived alternatives to industrial chemicals.
The last stop in Mexico will be at MFA Agri-Services, which is a retail outlet for MFA’s core business. Their website states that MFA is responsible for feed production, sales and distribution. They also provide plant food sales and distribution along with seed and crop protection sales.
Stone Hill Winery in Hermann is the last business on the tour. Stone Hill was established in 1847 and is one of Missouri’s top tourist attractions. According to their website, in 2011, Stone Hill produced 260,000 gallons of wine. The winery uses French-American hybrid grapes such as Vidal, Chardonel and Vignoles.