The second part of the tour will include a visit to Ag Leader Technology Inc. world headquarters located in Ames, IA. Ag Leader is a pioneer and recognized technology innovator of precision agriculture hardware and software. Founded in 1992, the company manufactures and markets industry leading precision farming technology designed to help growers make smart, profitable business decisions. Although widely known for introducing the first commercial yield monitoring system, Ag Leader has grown to include a wide product line of machine control, guidance, and precision agriculture software products. The tour will include an overview of the Ag Leader product lines and a tour of the production facilities.
The Iowa State University Dairy Farm is used for teaching, research and outreach activities. The new facility opened and started production in November 2007. It has rolling herd averages of 22,813 lb of milk, 708 lb of protein, and 847 lb of fat produced/cow/year. Currently there are 305 head of cattle on site. Milking begins daily at 5 a.m. and 5p.m. It continues for approximately five hours. Currently, there are 9 full-time, 7 part-time and 15 student employees working for the Dairy Farm. During tours all visitors must follow the biosecurity policy.