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Ag Tour club

A relatively new club at Lakeland, the Ag Tour club has quickly grown from strength to strength. It truly broadens the horizons of its members by taking them to a global destination to experience agriculture and activities.

Lakeland College Band in the Sand concert logoThe truly remarkable feat is that the students fund raise all the costs by organising the hugely popular Band in the Sand concert during Fall Classic Rodeo weekend. This event is involves a a large coordinated student team that manages and promotes all aspects of Band in the Sand.

The club has progressively furthered its global reach with destinations including Texas, Belize and recently Hawaii.

Students typically meet every two weeks for the clubs planning and activities.

For more information, e-mail the staff advisor Tracy Quinton or call 780 853 8612.
Belize Trip 2011
March break took the Ag Tour club to the Central American county of Belize. Club members caught up with two alumni Rodney and Steward Dyck who live and farm there. This also gave the Lakeland students a very real view of agriculture operations and some of the fun that can be had.

Slide show photos are courtesy of instructor Todd Ree who also made the trip.

Get Smashed Fund Raiser 2010
Slow, or rather, snow pitch tournament
February and slow pitch do go together as 8 teams proved.
Lakeland College's Ag Tour Club slo/sno-ptich Feb 2010 photoset Lakeland College's Ag Tour Club slo/sno-ptich Feb 2010 photoset
Texas 2010
Fly into Houston and then drive down to King Ranch Saturday for a farm tour. Up to San Antonio to tour the historic downtown, sod farm and a brewery. At Texas A&M in College Station to tour the whole campus, then to a winery. A cattle genetics lab will be followed by travelling to Galveston and a crawfish farm. NASA space center tour on the final day.

Kentucky trip 2009
The Ag Tour Club travelled to St. Louis Feb. 9 to 15 for an action-packed live the learning adventure. The students toured the Monsanto Research facility where they learned how new varieties of corn soybeans and canola are developed and why the cost of seed is so high.

They also visited the Anheuser Bush brewery where they saw the world-famous Clydesdale horses, bottle and can lines, and some of the fascinating architecture within the brewery which as been around since the late 1800s.

The tour highlight was a trip to Louisville for the National Farm Machinery Show along with visit to the Louisville Slugger Baseball facility, and the University of Kentucky’s agricultural facilities. The group also toured a bourbon distillery that featured buildings constructed in the early 1800s. Students learned how bourbon is made, the percentage of grains that need to be used, and that each new barrel of bourbon must be stored in new white oak barrel--charred on the inside--for at least four years.

An impromptu tour of a horse stud farm turned out to be an amazing experience for all. The group happened to luck out and tour the home of the famous Secretariat, the only horse elected into the Sports Hall of Fame. The students also learned about the breeding of the horses and the high costs associated with the horse industry. An example, stud fees for one horse was $80,000 ― and that one horse would breed 100 mares in a year!

After the tour, students went to Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. They were able to go to millionaire suites which are leased for five years at rates ranging from $2 to 4 million.
Get Smashed Fall 2009 fund raiser
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