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2018 NAADA Annual Conference
June 11-15, 2018
Boise, ID

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Educational Tours

Basque Museum & Cultural Center and the Idaho Botanical Garden

Your tour begins in scenic downtown Boise with a trip to the Basque Museum & Cultural Center. Boise has long been a central location where Basque immigrants first congregated after coming to the United States from the Spanish Basque Region. Take a look into the Basque heritage through exhibits, collections, and tours. The Center was established in 1985 and remains the only Basque museum in the country.

Next, take a trip to the Idaho Botanical Garden, a lush 15-acre living museum. Dedicated to the advancement and appreciation of gardening, horticulture and conservation, The Garden works in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, local colleges and historical societies to preserve Idaho’s plant life. It is home to over 800 species of plants, located in 14 specialty gardens. Take a guided tour through the Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden, the Jane Falk Oppenheimer Heirloom Rose Garden, the Summer Succulent Garden, and more!

Hop Industry Tour: From Production to Processing

For a uniquely Northwest experience, enjoy a hop industry tour. As the country’s third largest hop-producing state, Idaho is an ideal place to learn about the growing and processing of this commodity that can be credited for the delicious beer we all enjoy around the country. The tour begins with a visit to Parma, Idaho, a 45-minute drive west of Boise to hop country where long summer days make growing conditions ideal. You’ll begin with a visit to Obendorf Hop, Inc. to see their expansive hop fields.

After the farm tour, visit Mill 95, a facility that processes hops to supply the brewing industry. Learn about how beer originates and meet the growers and processors who work hard to provide it.

University of Idaho Food Technology Center and Agribusiness Incubator

The University of Idaho Food Technology Center is a certified food processing facility located in Caldwell, Idaho, adjacent to the University of Idaho Agribusiness Incubator. Originally designed as a specialty foods co-packing operation, the center has been converted into a multi-purpose food production facility to serve a large variety of food processing needs.
The University of Idaho Agribusiness Incubator supports the creation, expansion and retention of locally owned agricultural enterprises. Its staff and physical resources are focused on the promotion of value-added ventures and local food networks. The incubator assists the Food Technology Center staff in the recruitment, screening and advising of food clients and provides kitchen users with affordable post-production storage.

Your tour will include a visit to both the Food Tech Center and Agribusiness Incubator and end with an opportunity to sample foods produced on-site and meet the creators including local purveyor, Hat Ranch Winery.

Potato Industry Tour: From Production to Processing

It wouldn’t be a trip to the Gem State without getting up close and personal with Idaho’s iconic industry – a tater tour! First, you’ll visit the farm of a local potato producer and University of Idaho alum, Doug Gross. Owner of Gross Farms, Doug has grown potatoes for 50 years from his farm in Wilder, Idaho. A former commissioner for the Idaho Potato Commission and an iconic figure in the industry, Doug will provide a personal tour of his operation from field to storage.

Next, your tour will take you to the Simplot Innovation and Technical Center in nearby Caldwell, Idaho. As the inventor of the first viable frozen french fries, innovation continues to be a hallmark of Simplot. Built in 1985, the Center has been the site of many significant product breakthroughs for the Simplot Company, including one of the first widely marketed french fry products with zero grams of trans fat, and the first all-natural hashbrown. Here, you’ll get to visit a pilot processing facility and do your part in keeping up spud consumption with a taste test of some of Simplot’s innovative potato products!

CS Beef Packers Beef Processing Plant – SOLD OUT

Learn about Idaho’s newest and largest beef processing plant with CS Beef Packers, a partnership between Caviness Beef and Simplot. This state-of-the art facility is not only implementing the industry's best practices and processes, but also leading the way in safety, animal welfare, and public education about beef production. Following the tour we will join up with TK Kuwahara, Executive Director of the Idaho Beef Council, for a presentation on the beef industry in Idaho.


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