Thanks to the mexico Young Farmers for hoasting the 2015 state tour
The 2017 State Tour was held in Springfield MO on July 30th through August 1st
hosted by the State Executive Committee in conjunction with Missouri State University
Southwest Hospitality, Missouri Pride
Missouri State University College of Agriculture to host the 46th Annual Missouri Young Farmers Summer Tour.
Come to Springfield this summer to sample some southwest Missouri hospitality and Missouri State University pride with the 46th Annual Missouri Young Farmers Summer tour. The tour will highlight the MSU College of Agriculture campus, farms and program.
Sunday evening will start with a social gathering and dinner at the Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The 207-acre farm park was created to provide educational, as well as various recreational resources for the community and will celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of the area. Amenities include a new animal barn, new visitor's center and gift shop, and milking barn. The grounds will consist of demonstration crops and gardens, 20-acre native prairie, pasture land, one-mile paved trail, farm-themed playground, and Wilson's Creek. Join us for hot dogs and hamburgers and all the fixings around a bonfire. We hope to also offer a hayride to all the attendees.
Monday morning will start with a light breakfast at the Darr Agriculture Center. Parking at Pinegar Arena there, we will board buses to head east to MSU Fruit Experiment Station. Located on the Mountain Grove campus, the Fruit Experiment Station is dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the Missouri fruit crop industry. Primarily, the Fruit Experiment Station supports a variety of plant research and advisory programs in fruit crops. It was founded in 1899 and became a part of Missouri State University in 1972. Due to the shifting focus of the fruit crop industry in Missouri, the station has shifted its focus through the years, from apple and peach orchards to juice grapes to wine grapes. Lunch will be served there by the local county Farm Bureau.
From there the tour will head to Journagan Ranch. The Journagan Ranch, generously donated to the College by the Leo Journagan family, is a 3,300 acre working cattle ranch located 60 miles from Springfield and 10 miles from Mountain Grove. Its land, facilities and herd of Hereford cattle, the largest purebred herd in the United States, provide Missouri State students the opportunity to gain hands-on ranching experience through a unique internship program that has benefited dozens of students, for some, their first experience on a farm. Also, the diversity of the land, with its forests, streams and pastures, hold numerous opportunities for University research for faculty and students in biology, forestry, geology, genetics, plant science, soil quality and wildlife management.
From there, participants will have the opportunity to select to go to local farm dairy processing business or the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum. We will return to the Darr Center that evening for dinner and your first chance to meet the 2017 MYF/YFW scholarship nominees. There will be an optional visit to the Wonders of Wildlife at Bass Pro later that evening.
Tuesday morning will start with breakfast at the Darr Center. After tours of the Darr Center complex along with presentations of by the various departments, we will end the tour with lunch on the main campus and the presentation of the scholarships and awarding of door prizes.
We hope you will join us in Springfield to enjoy some Southwestern Hospitality and Missouri Pride!