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View from the Cab: A conservation getaway

By: Kent Casson

If you are a fan of conservation in ag and want to get away to Michigan this summer, you can enjoy the 16th annual Conservation in Action Tour with the theme, “Experiencing Conservation in Supply Chains.”

This will help connect the circle from farmer to consumer on July 10-11 at Frankenmuth, Michigan thanks to the Conservation Technology Information Center.

Attendees will get an up close and personal look at the supply chain, including dairy practices, specialty crops such as sugar beets and dry beans, milling processing and more. A social will even be offered for the next generation of ag professionals. This is ideal for interns or students.

New additions to the 2023 tour include two optional experiences on July 10 which include following professionals through three of their mills, discussing conservation farming and consumer angles every step of the way. Also, get an inside look at the Cass River Restoration Project which reconnects fish of the Saginaw Bay to more than 73 miles of historically significant spawning areas.

Online registration for this summer’s tour can be done at The fee includes all tour activities, meals and bus transportation. Regular registration ends June 19 and registrations after that date will be subject to a late fee. A limited number of rooms are available in a reservation block at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth at a special rate for July 10-11. The registration website includes a link for booking rooms online at the lower rate.

Plenty of sponsorship opportunities are available with this summer’s tour and celebration. These are highly-visible events with engaged participants, talented speakers and national publicity. Speakers represent the research community, agriculture industry and government sector.

Sponsorship of the program is the perfect way to support the future of the Conservation Technology Information Center. For more information, reach out to Ryan Heiniger at

CTIC promotes and provides information on technologies and sustainable agricultural systems that conserve and enhance soil, water, air and wildlife resources and are productive and profitable. Projects are funded by foundation grants, public investments, private donation and agribusiness and provide insight into ag systems which are both economically and environmentally beneficial.

The main website for the Conservation Technology Information Center is


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