Scenic and Technical Tours

On Wednesday, August 5th, attendees can select from industry, technical, and scenic tours. Attendees can select one of the thirteen tours listed below. All tours will depart between 6:30-9:00 AM and return between 3:00-6:00PM. All tours WILL include lunch. 

Capacity of each tour is listed below. During registration you will be asked to select a tour. If the tour is already at capacity it will no longer be offered as an option at registration. 


Tour 1

Ethridge Cattle Company and North Florida Holsteins

Capacity 50 

The Etheridge family has been ranching in the sandhills of Williston Florida since 1999. Brad Etheridge is a 4th generation rancher in Levy County. The operation has their own feedmill and both finishes and preconditions cattle.

North Florida Holsteins began in 1980 whena feed lot with surrounding cropland in Bell, Florida was purchased.Upon arrival at the site a double ten herringbone parlor was built. Once the parlor was completed, the farmbegan milking 125 cows.The farm then expanded with the addition of another double twelve herringbone parlor allowing them to milk three times a day. Once again the herd reached max capacity in 1990 and a double forty parallel parlor was erected to meet the needs of the farm and to be adequate for future expansion.

Tour 2

Adena Springs Horse Farm andAdena Farms/ Processing Facility

Capacity 50 

Adena Spring's relationship with the thoroughbredhorse industry spans five decades. We like to think that during that time we’ve learned a great deal about what it takes to be successful in both racing and breeding these wonderful animals.

Adena Farms is more than 95,000 acres of rolling pastures and fields in Ocala, Florida where our cattle roam and graze freely. At Adena Farms, we believe in growing healthy, natural, chemical-free food. Our philosophy is simple – raise our animals with the greatest of care in a completely natural setting, using sustainable, free-range farming practices. No added growth hormones. No GMOs. No antibiotics. Our beef processing facility is located right on our farm and is one of the most advanced in the US with state-of-the-art technology and USDA inspectors permanently on-site. When the cattle reach a certain age, they are walked directly from the pasture into our processing facility on the farm, limiting stress that may otherwise be caused by transporting them up to several hundred miles away. Our beef processing facility uses the most advanced methods for the humane handling of livestock and was designed in partnership with animal welfare experts.

Tour 3

Larson Dairy and Deseret Ranches

Capacity 50 

Louis “Red” Larson started in the business as a teenager in 1942 looking for a summer job. More than four decades later, the Larson name means dairy throughout the state. Red, his two sons and two grandsons own and operate several dairies, milking a total of more than 10,000 cows. They are Florida’s largest dairy family.

For more than 60 years Deseret Ranches has farmed and ranched this beautiful landscape. With a focus on raising high-quality calves and increasing the productive capacity of the land, we are proud to carry on Florida’s ranching heritage. We are also proud to take care of the natural resources found here and the many species of wildlife that share the landscape with us. Our six decades of experience give us a unique perspective as we plan for the future, ensuring that Central Florida remains a great place to call home.

Tour 4

Kempfer Ranch and Larson Dairy

Capacity 50 

Kempfer Cattle Compnay is a 25, 000 acre family owned and operated ranch located in Deer Park, Florida. In the ranching business since 1898. While purebred Brahmans and commercial cattle are the primary focus, the family has diversified into several different ventures including a sod company specializing in Bahia and Floratam, a sawmill with Cypress & Pine timber operations, and a ranch located in Macon, MS for our replacement heifer development program.

Louis “Red” Larson started in the business as a teenager in 1942 looking for a summer job. More than four decades later, the Larson name means dairy throughout the state. Red, his two sons and two grandsons own and operate several dairies, milking a total of more than 10,000 cows. They are Florida’s largest dairy family.

Tour 5

Evans Fish Farm andDeLeon Springs State Park

Capacity 40 


Aquarfarmers like Evans Fish Farm are helping to pioneer state -of -the-art aquaculture operations in the U.S., making Florida a primary producer of sustainable farm raised caviars.Evans Fish Farm raises sturgeons and large quantities of Florida farm raised Tilapia. Production of sustainable aquaculture operations producing top quality caviars.

DeLeon Springs State Park is sure to be a true Florida experience. With over 60,000 years of cultural and natural history in one stunning location. Attendees will be able to enjoy the park as well as a 50-minute eco/history boat touron Spring Garden Run aboard the M/V Acuera. You may see a variety of wildlife and learn about the area's rich history.

Tour 6

Adams Ranch and Willamson Cattle Company

Capacity 50 


Founded in 1937, Adams Ranch is a fourth-generation cattle business and as developers of the Braford breed of cattle, Adams Ranch is today one of the top producing cow-calf ranches in the United States. Our family tradition of raising quality cattle grown naturally on our open Florida pastures using only naturalcattle breeding, calving, weaning and growing practices with No Antibiotics,No Hormones, EVER! to produce beef that is healthier, more tender andbetter tasting!

Williamson Cattle Company (WCC) is a family owned and operated agricultural business located in Okeechobee, Florida. The Ranch was established in the 1940s by Frank W. Williamson Sr, it is currently being managed by 3rd and 4th generation Williamsons. The goal is and has always been to run a profitable business that is both economically and environmentally sustainable.

Tour 7

Publix Dairy Plant and JBT processing facility

Capacity 25


Publix’s tour of the Lakeland Dairy Manufacturing facility is a comprehensive overview, custom structured per group, from receiving raw materials to shipping finished dairy products to Publix stores and Distribution centers. The tour meanders through a viewing concourse, offering step by step visualization of receiving, processing, ice cream, culture products, and fluid production, packaging, and shipping. A tour guide provides details regarding plant history, Publix standards, food quality and safety, sustainability, and other interesting facts. Ice cream sampling concludes the tour.

With over 75% of the world’s citrus juices produced with our technology, JBT is recognized globally as the leader in citrus processing solutions. Our renowned Citrus Extractor is the heart of any citrus processing system.. From beginning to end, we’re with you right down the line.

Tour 8

Babcock Ranch and UF/IFAS Range Cattle Research & Education Center

Capacity 50 


Discover the natural heart of Florida at Babcock Ranch on a narrated 90 minute eco-tour. Experience the thrill of seeing alligators, birds, perhaps deer, wild hogs, wild turkeys, sandhill cranes and more, often coming within a few yards. Travel through four different ecosystems including Telegraph Cypress Swamp. Our guides will enhance your experience with their commentaries.

The Range Cattle Research and Education Center (RCREC) is a unit of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). It is a multi-discipline research and extension center located in Hardee County. Founded in 1941 through the efforts of legislators, cattlemen and citizens, the research center has 2840 acres of native and developed pastures, and approximately 1200 head of cattle. It has seven research and extension faculty and 22 support staff.

Tour 9

4AM Farming and Buck Island

Capacity 50 

Mike Milicevic has built an extremely successful sugar cane farm at 4AM Farming.

The heart of Florida Buck Island a 2.6 million-acre watershed, the Headwaters of the Everglades, that stretches from the ancient sands of the Lake Wales Ridge, across nearly one million acres of working cattle ranches to the rivers that flow south into Lake Okeechobee and beyond, to the Everglades and the coasts. Attendees will also get to go on a Swamp Buggy Eco Tour.

Tour 10

University of Florida Meat Lab, University of FloridaApiary Lab, and University of Florida Athletics

Capacity 50 

Meat scientists at the University of Florida have expertise in muscle biology, fresh meat quality, meat processing, food safety, and meat microbiology.In addition to a tour of the meat laboratory there will also be an opportunity to tour the meat retail store.

The Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory (HBREL) is administered byDr. Jamie Ellis, Gahan Endowed Professor of Entomology. The mission of the Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory (HBREL) is to advance our understanding of managed honey bees and wild bees in Florida, the U.S., and globally, with a goal of improving the health and productivity of bee pollinators everywhere.

The Gators compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and are consistently ranked among the top college sports programs in the United States. Florida is the only school in NCAA Division I history to hold the men's basketball and football championships during the same school year.


Tour 11

St. Augustine

Capacity 50 

St. Augustine is a city in the Southeastern United States, on the Atlantic coast of northeastern Florida. Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, it is the oldest continuously inhabited European-established settlement within the borders of the continental United States. It is known for its beautiful beach is and history. St Augustine

Tour 12

Kennedy Space Center

Capacity 50 

Kennedy Space Center visitor complex is organized into mission zones where attractions and tours are grouped by chronological era. From the dawn of space exploration to current and ongoing missions, you can get an up-close, hands-on feel for the story of humans in space. Fuel your quest for inspiration right here. Attendees will get to go on a VIP tour hosted by an astronaut as well!

Tour 13

Sport Fishing

Capacity 50 

Deep Sea Fishing Port Canaveral – Go with the best deep sea fishing charter in Florida and join us aboard the 65 foot Ocean Obsession Party Fishing Boat. She’s air conditioned and immaculate. A full galley with hot food, cold beer, and sodas. We go deeper and get there faster. We take pride in what we do and it shows. During this tour you will go to Grills restaurant for a prepare your catch meal, however please note that shipping of filets is not available. Come see for yourself!


Another option will be to go on an adventure of your own at one of the Disney Parks. The Disney Parks adventures must be booked separately and are NOT included as a tour option via our registration. More information on rates will be posted in the Spring of 2020.  



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