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SOFA to sponsor field trip

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 11:54 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 13, 2013 10:21 a.m. CDT

GREENFIELD — Speak Out For Agriculture (SOFA), in its 19th year, will offer current seventh- through 12th-grade students from area counties an educational overnight trip to Eastern Iowa. A bus will leave Adair County June 4 with stops in Des Moines, Amanas, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Waverly and return June 5.

The first stop on the trip will be at Kemin Industries in Des Moines. Kemin manufactures more than 500 specialty ingredients used by the feed and food industries and health nutrition and beauty markets. Students will learn about the history and vision of Kemin and tour research labs and manufacturing facilities.

At the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge near Prairie City, students will plant prairie plants and learn about careers in fisheries and wildlife service.

The last stop June 4 will be at Amana Farms, where an anaerobic digester turns manure into electricity.

Kirkwood Community College will host the group June 5, as they offer a variety of ag-related courses and degree programs. Participants will then see a tractor being built at John Deere Tractor Works.

Westwood Embryo Services will be the final stop, where participants will see how the company helps dairy, beef and sheep producers improve and maximize genetics.

Cost is $30 for Adair County seventh- through 12th-graders and includes students in Nodaway Valley, Orient-Macksburg, Adair-Casey and West Central Valley school districts. Forty spots will be filled on first-come, first-served basis. Registration forms are available at Adair County Extension or online at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/adair/content/all-thingssofa-speak-out-agriculture.

The bus is filling up quickly. Reserve a spot by calling Adair County Extension at 641-743-8412 or emailing powella@iastate.edu.

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