Join the North Central NAMA Chapter as they host the 2018 Fall Conference Ag Tour. Get a unique perspective on some of the most enterprising ag operations in the great state of Minnesota. The cost for this tour is $85 and includes breakfast and lunch. See below for a full schedule of the day's activities.
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Tuesday, September 18
7:30 a.m.: Depart the hotel.
Stop #1 - Faribault, MN:
Faribault Woolen Mills | Join us to learn about a true American manufacturing legend. Nestled along the Cannon River, just south of Minneapolis, a nearly 150-year-old story is still being woven. Founded in 1865, the year Lincoln died, and the Civil War ended, Faribault Woolen Mill endures as one of the last vertical woolen mills in America. See how fifth generation craftspeople take raw wool and create blankets, throws, scarves and accessories of remarkable comfort and quality. Irreplaceable century-old machinery stands side by side with modern technology in our "new" mill, which was built in 1892.
Stop #2 - Savage, MN:
CHS Savage Terminal | The CHS Savage Terminal was built to provide producers increased access to export markets via the Gulf of Mexico. The terminal is located at Mile 14.5 on the Minnesota River. For over 30 years, this elevator serves as a transfer terminal which also has limited storage. Grain can be directly transferred to a barge from all 3 receiving pits. It has cleaning equipment and all concrete hopper-bottom storage tanks with a capacity of 560,000 bushels. To date, over 1 billion bushels of grain has been processed here since its opening in 1982.
NOTE: To participate in the CHS Terminal tour please wear hard soled shoes (no-open toed shoes or tennis shoes allowed). And please wear long pants and long sleeves (or bring a jacket or sweater) to wear when inside the Terminal.
Stop #3 - Falcon Heights, MN:
The Good Acre | Eat a catered lunch while hearing the inspiring story of a local food hub, The Good Acre. The company’s mission is to strengthen farmers, food makers, and communities through good food. Good Acre personnel work year-round to connect their network of growers to wholesale buyers so that farmers can turn a profit on their hard-earned harvests and focus on being stewards of the land. In addition, The Good Acre provides space and the infrastructure necessary to wash, process, and store produce fresh from the field. They also offer this farm-fresh produce to their 450-member Farm Share program. They envision a vibrant regional food system where people grow, make and eat good food. We’ll learn about their operations and visit their warehouse, commercial kitchen, and hoop houses.
4:00 p.m.: Arrive back at the hotel.