University of Illinois Extension will host a bus trip to Fair Oaks Farms, Indiana, on Saturday, April 22. The bus will depart from Milan or Annawan, Illinois.
The entire Fair Oaks Farms facility on cow and pig manure. Farm waste is transformed into energy by way of anaerobic digesters and reduces dependency upon natural gas and electricity during the milk and manufacturing process.
The group will take the “cow bus” to visit the free-stall barns, then watch a "Day in the Life of Diva Mooreau" during a 3D/4D movie, visit the birthing barn, learn about the sustainability aspects of the farm, cow nutrition and the safety and nutrition of milk. For lunch, guests will have a buffet at the Farmhouse Restaurant.
At the WinField Crop Adventure, visitors will meet farmers and learn about high-tech farming tools and find out how weather affects crop growth and catch virtual raindrops by witnessing a state-of-the-art thunderstorm from beneath the ground.
The day will end at the Cowfé, where souvenirs, chocolates, cheese and ice cream are available for purchase.
Cost is $75 per person. Seating is limited. Register online at University of Illinois Extension’s website at web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs. For more information, call 309-756-9978.