One of NSW’s most innovative pasture agronomists, Mark Lucas, will lead a specialist agriculture tour to the United States, focused on agronomy technology and beef production.
The 18-day escorted PAS Stellar USA Tour is from June 18 to July 5, and will visit leading integrated agricultural businesses and research institutes in California, Colorado, Nebraska, Seattle and Chicago.
Mr Lucas, principal of Pasture Agronomy Services in Tumut, has been largely responsible for the adoption of pasture direct drilling and tetraploid rye-grass in southern NSW and Victoria.
He is also co-principal of a registered and commercial Angus herd of 1400 females.
Together with Quadrant Australia, Mr Lucas has led study tours focusing on pasture improvement and cattle to South America, Russia and New Zealand.
‘‘We have compiled this exciting itinerary to showcase agricultural businesses continually setting new global benchmarks in the industry, from beef genetics to environmental systems, and plant nutrition to crop protection,’’ Mr Lucas said.
Tour highlights will include feedlots, cow-calf operations, dairy, forage research and grazing systems, plant breeding, vaccine research, beef cattle reproductive physiology and bovine genetic research.
Tour delegates will have the opportunity to visit the vertically integrated beef operation, Agri-Beef, the JBS-owned Five Rivers Feedlot, and the high profile Angus herds of Vintage, Conneally, Rishel and Pharo plus Fair Oaks dairy.
Delegates will have access to speakers of the calibre of globally recognised scientist Tom Field, of the University of Nebraska’s Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship program.
On the pasture side, delegates will enjoy tours of Alforex Seeds, Loveland Products, Where Food Comes From and the University of Nebraska, and will preview the release of Radiate, a product to enhance plant nutrient uptake by Agrium International in Denver.
Included in the cost is economy class international flights to Los Angeles and return from Chicago, domestic flights within the US, English-speaking tour guide, four-star accommodation, technical visits and sightseeing, meals and entrance fees (as detailed in the itinerary) and a tour kit.
■The tour is fully tax deductible. To reserve your place, phone Quadrant Agtours on 1300301128.