Tours are not eligible for the One Day Conference Rate
Tour 1: John Deere Des Moines Works Ankeny Facility &
Meredith Publications

Tour two long-time Des Moines firms: John Deere Des Moines Works Ankeny facility and Meredith Publications, where Successful Farming and other well-known periodicals are published

  • History of Successful Farming
  • The new Meredith – the largest publisher in the country
  • Tour of Meredith facilities:
    • Meredith Test Kitchens
    • Photo Studio
    • WOOD Shop
    • Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden

Tour 2: Living History Farms in Urbandale Iowa

Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa tells the amazing story of how Iowans transformed the fertile prairies of the Midwest into the most productive farmland in the world.  While at the 500-acre open-air museum, you will travel through historical time periods spanning 300 years.  On-site interpreters will provide a unique learning environment of seasonal activities and demonstrations.  Attendees will expereience a unique glimpse into the past and how farming has evolved.

Tour 3: Maytag Blue Cheese Dairy

Tour of the Maytag Blue Cheese Dairy in Newton, Iowa and one of Iowa’s many local wineries for a “Wine and Cheese” experience – Iowa style