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Biotech Ag tour draws eight high schools

April 4, 2008

Ag Tours

Dordt College Ag Department sponsored its third annual Biotech Ag Tour Tuesday, April 1.

One hundred seventeen participants from eight area high schools attended the day long event. Participating high schools were Akron-Westfield, Beresford, Boyden-Hull, George-Little Rock, Sioux Center, Rock Valley, and West Lyon Community High School.

The purpose of the biotech field day is to draw awareness to career opportunities that are available to those interested in agriculture and biotechnology. Agriculture is among the top enrollment programs at Dordt College, with seven different B.A. degree emphases offered. Students can choose to specialize in agri-business, agriculture education, animal science, plant science, ag missions, biotechnology, and general agriculture, with a two-year associate degree program, and a pre-veterinary program also offered.

Ag Tours

Sites that were toured by the high school participants were:

• Dykstra Dairy, a 3,500 cow state-of-the-art dairy;
• Trans Ova Genetics, the leading embryo transfer company in the U.S.;
• Sioux Pharm, Inc., where, among many other products, bovine trachea are processed daily into a pharmaceutical product that is used in the treatment of arthritis;
• Siouxpreme Packing Company, where processing of pork was viewed from slaughter to boxed meat.

Guest speaker for the day was Jim Wooster, an associate editor and column writer for the Tri-State Neighbor, an agricultural newspaper which reaches over 28,000 farm and ranch subscribers in Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska.

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