AALP Class 15 was off to an early start as we continue our North American Study Tour adventure. Fun fact: interstates that are odd numbered run north-south. We travelled south on I75 down through Ohio to Indianapolis, Indiana.
We used our time on the bus effectively. From practicing "off the cuff" to sponsor spotlights, we kept ourselves busy. We were enlightened with information on an AALP ally AdFarm as we rolled past fields of ripening wheat and tassling corn.
After lunch, we experienced Indiana State Fair's approach to raising awareness about the importance of making agriculture mainstream and making the connection between agriculture and food. We ran around like kids in a candy store in the $2 million Glass Barn, sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the United Soybean Board. From video games to information boards, there was something for everyone.
With a security tag, safety glasses and a goodie basket of candy on each table, we explored the impressive global headquarters of Dow AgroSciences. Fast fact: it takes approximately 10 years for a crop protection product or a trait to be developed and commercialized. Many of us had no idea how much research it takes.
We wrapped up our day learning about Dull's Tree Farm, where we saw the art of pruning Christmas trees and met with past graduates of Indiana's Agricultural Leaders program.
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AALP Class 15 members touring the Glass Barn at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.