Diversified Ag Tour covers three farms and an orchard in southeast Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. – A University of Nebraska-Lincoln Southeast Extension Diversified Ag Tour Sept. 11 will give ag producers and ag educators an opportunity to learn about innovative diversified ag operations in southeast Nebraska.
Vans will be provided for carpooling to the tour stops, which include a southeast Nebraska chicken farm, swine farm, an organic farm and an orchard. Participants can meet in Auburn at 8 a.m. at the courthouse or in Tecumseh at 8:30 a.m. at the courthouse.
The first stop will be at 9 a.m. at Plum Creek Farms near Burchard. Plum Creek Farms, owned and operated by Dean and Amy Dvorak, produces fresh eggs and chicken. Its products are featured in UNL’s Food Fresh Local program and at MCC Safe Student Bistro. They also sell to Open Harvest in Lincoln.
The second morning stop will be at 10:45 a.m. at the Travis Dunekacke farm near Elk Creek. Dunekacke purchases heritage breed feeder pigs from producers in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. He then feeds them out and direct markets them to people and restaurants in southeast Nebraska. Some of the breeds he has sold include: Chester White, Berkshire, Poland China, Red Wattle and Hereford.
Lunch will feature southeast Nebraska products.
Following lunch, participants will stop at Grazin Acres. Terry and Melissa Fulton and family are in the process of becoming organic certified on their farm. The Fultons raise pastured poultry eggs and have dairy goats. Last summer, they installed a high tunnel to raise some produce. They have an on-farm store and market their products in local grocery stores and the Nebraska Food Co-op.
The last stop will be Kennedy Orchards. Stephen Kennedy is involved in fruit production and has sold several varieties of apples, black berries and grapes. He has begun growing a relatively new crop to the area, aronia berries, which have excellent antioxidant qualities and are in high demand for health reasons.
Registration includes lunch and transportation. For more information or to register, contact UNL Extension in Johnson County at (402) 335-3669, Nemaha County at (402) 274-4755, Richardson County (402) 245-4324 or the Kimmel Education and Research Center at (402) 873-3166.
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