US Agriculture Field Trip

August 29 – 31  |  Galena, IL


Experience regenerative agriculture, renewable energy, and a working dairy farm

Join us for a field trip
to Galena, Illinois and
its surrounding area.



DeSoto House

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at (815) 777-0090 and providing our group code of 248322 or by asking for the US Agriculture block of rooms.


About the Area

The Driftless Area is unique to the Midwest due to its steep hills and river valleys. Galena is less than a 3-hour drive from Chicago and Milwaukee. Closer regional airports include Cedar Rapids, Madison, and Moline. We look forward to sharing this experience with you.

The current schedule is below (subject to change). Meals and transportation will be provided during the field trip.


Tuesday, August 29


6:00 PM

DeSoto House
Welcome Reception

Guest Speaker on agriculture economy
Heavy hors d'oevres

Wednesday, August 30


Starts at 7:00 am

Hotel Breakfast

Provided and on your own

9:00 am   

Bus departs for tours


9:30 - 11:30 am

Darlington Ridge

Experience a working dairy, learn about sustainable practices, and see a working biodigester

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Soil Health with

Discuss soil health partnership on soil test plots with UW-Platteville

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Outdoor Lunch


1:00 - 1:15 pm   

Bus departs for cheese tour


1:15 - 2:30 pm

Tour Cheese Factory

2:30 pm   

Bus departs for hotel


3:00 - 4:00 pm

Free time

Guests invited to catch up on work or relax


4:00 - 5:00 pm

Trolley Tour

Enjoy a tour of the local history Galena has to offer


5:00 - 7:00 pm

Dinner (restaurant TBD)

Guest speaker Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist at Nutrien Ag Solutions, will address topical themes in weather and atmospheric science

Thursday, August 31


Starts at 7:00 am

Hotel Breakfast

Provided and on your own

8:00 am   

Bus departs for Tours


8:45 - 9:45 am

Tour Solar Farm


9:45 am - 12:00 pm

Moest Family Farm

Experience regenerative practices in the field with next generation farmers

12:00 pm

Lunch and Closing Comments


1:00 pm

Bus departs for hotel

Email Evan Newton with any questions or to RSVP.
Note that we will be touring working farms and a dairy.
Casual dress is encouraged along with closed-toe shoes.