Farm Tours

2020 Fall Farm Tour Details

What: The Dairy Excellence Foundation hosts annual day-long farm tours to give high school students the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of modern working dairy farms while showcasing careers within the dairy industry as well as agricultural technologies used to help improve today’s farming practices. This year’s farm tour will be virtual! 

When: Friday, October 9, 2020. There will be two segments to the virtual tour, with the first one starting at 8:30 a.m. There will be a break in between segments, and the tour is expected to end by 3:30 p.m.

Where: Virtual event hosted on YouTube.

Details: The first segment during the virtual farm tour will be held at Maple Bottom Farm in Dawson, Pennsylvania. Students will get to experience the farm’s robotic milking technology and learn about the cheese-making process. For students who are interested in exploring careers in the value-added space, such as cheese-making or ice cream making, this will be an informative tour. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from an engineer who operates the farm’s robotic milking equipment.

The second segment will take place at Pennwood Farms in Berlin, Pennsylvania. After taking a virtual tour of the Stoltzfus family farm, students will hear from the farm’s veterinarian and learn about herd health, animal care, and the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) process. They will also gain exposure to the financial side of the dairy industry and hear from an accountant who works with the dairy farm.

Students can submit questions and chat live with speakers.

Registration: Click here to sign up for the virtual event and to receive notifications. When you sign up, you’ll receive notifications with each segment time and YouTube links to make accessing the virtual farm tour as easy as possible! Contact Brittany Snyder at with questions.