2020 Farm Bureau YF&R Leadership Conference
 
2020 YF&R Leadership Conference Tours
**All tours are subject to change**

Louisville Slugger
Home of the Louisville Sluggers. The first stop will be the Louisville Slugger Ballpark where visitors will experience a personal walk through the ballpark followed by the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory for a glimpse of the bat-making process and exhibits. Visitors will leave with a free souvenir mini bat.
 
Cost: $14
 
Goats and Dairy
Start off at the Sunny Acres Farm, a Farm Bureau family-run farm with plenty of activities for visitors. Members will watch goat races and learn how they host and operate goat yoga. The next stop is Harvest Home Dairy where visitors will learn how dairy farmers handle farm life in Kentucky.
 
Free
 
Feed Mill & Racetrack
First stop is Hallway Feeds, a feed mill that feeds Triple Crown and Kentucky Derby winners. The tour takes visitors on a behind the scenes walk through of the plant and offers a chance for guests to get their hands into freshly made feeds. Last stop is Keeneland Racetrack, a national historic landmark. This tour takes visitors through the Keeneland Paddock, Grandstand and grounds. The tour finishes with an invitation to visit the Keeneland Library.
 
Free
 
Distillery - Distilleries & Farming
This tour will start at Barton 1792 Distillery which sits on 196 acres of historical land and includes a walkthrough of one of the warehouses that was built in the 1930’s and finishes with a tasting. Then we head to the Preservation Distillery, home of slow bourbon distilling. You will tour the farmhouse distillery and historic barns and conclude with a tasting.
 
Cost: $8
Must be 21+
 
 
Distillery - Distilleries & Technology
Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. will take you behind the scenes and show how they craft products from grain into bottles under one roof. This state-of-the-art facility is one of the most automated distilleries with cutting-edge technology. Old Forester Distilling Co. will be the final stop and include three different tastings. By the end of the tour visitors will learn  how to smell, taste and identify the flavor in their products.
 
Cost: $33
Must be 21+
 
Distillery - Historic Kentucky Distilleries
Woodford Reserve is one of the most historic and smallest distilleries in Kentucky. The tour includes a tasting of their award-winning craft bourbon. Then on to Wild Turkey Distillery to tour the distillery and their historic rickhouse, where the barrels age and then conclude in the Angels Room with a tasting.
 
Cost: $27
Must be 21+
 
All Things Science
A perfect tour for families with children. This education tour will take guests through Payton Glass Activity Center to  see demonstrations on how glass is made by a torch, kiln or furnace. Next stop will be the Kentucky Science Center where visitors can experience six interactive exhibits. The final stop is Idlewild Butterfly Farm, a small business that operates as a butterfly farm and includes real live insects where visitors will see and “feel’ different the insects.
 
Cost: $23
 
Horse Hospital
The tour to  an equine hospital, Rood & Riddle, includes a unique private behind-the-scenes tour of their full-service hospital for horses that require special medical and surgical needs. This opportunity will allow guests to peek into surgery as they tour the high-end hospital of champions.
 
Cost: $18
Must be 13+

Distillery - A Taste of Everything Distilleries
Jeptha Creed Distillery is a place known for making old-fashion new in Kentucky. Visitors will see how they distill their products and experience firsthand what their spirits taste like when made with fruit. The tour ends with a quick tasting. The final stop on this tour is Buffalo Trace, home of award-winning bourbon whiskey. Here visitors will see the process behind distilling their bourbon and have a chance to taste some.
 
Cost: $10
Must be 21+
 
University of Kentucky
Take a step into the life of a UK Wildcat. This tour includes the University of Kentucky dairy, sheep and beef units. Guests will start with the UK Coldstream dairy herd and the 105-115 Registered Holsteins. Visitors will learn about technologies that assist in monitoring numerous aspects of a milking cow’s behavior. After spending time in the dairy unit, visitors will be transitioned to the sheep and beef unit.
 
Free
 
Distillery - Bourbon Only Distilleries
Are you interested in a bourbon-only tour? This tour starts at Angel's Envy Distillery where visitors will walk around the distillery and finish at the distillery bar with a bourbon tasting. The next stop is Jim Beam Still House where visitors will experience an intimate tour of their Jim Beam Bourbon..
 
Cost: $34
Must be 21+
 
Kentucky Farms
Spring Run Farm is an equine farm that specializes in horse shows and riding lessons. Visitors will see how they operate their riding services for all ages, from first-time riders to the most experienced. Next travel to  Rootbound Farm, a certified organic vegetable farm. This family-run farm grows over 50 varieties of vegetable, fruits and herbs. Learn how the diversity of their Kentucky land helps their farming operations.

 
Free
 
Ford Truck and Food Processing
The Horton Fruit Company is a homegrown company and this tour showcases their multifaceted steps from growing, ripening, repacking, food safety care and distribution process by walking through the entire warehouse. Then it is on to the Kentucky Ford Truck Plant and an exclusive tour that features parts of the plant that are not open to the public.
 
Free
Must be 21+
 
Stockyards and Orchards
Visit Bluegrass Stockyards and learn their mission of how they provide opportunities for their costumers to be profitable in the livestock production industry. Visitors will get a glimpse of their programs and services. Finally, tour Mulberry Orchard where they farm corn, soybeans, burley tobacco, hay, cattle, apple trees, peach trees and pumpkins. This tour will include a hayride through the orchard.
 
Free
 
Distillery - Kentucky’s First Commercial Distillery
The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, is Kentucky’s first commercial distiller. The tour takes a visitor through the past and present of the Evan’s era. The next tour stop is Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery where visitors will find a modern eco-friendly facility. Both tours include tastings.
 
Cost: $27
Must be 21+
 
Koetter Woodworking and Mega Cavern
Koetter Woodworking is a state-of-the-art millwork manufacturing facility that produces products primarily for the kitchen cabinet industry along with the mid- to high-end residential and commercial markets. Visitors will learn about the importance of sustainable forestry and the entire process of taking green lumber and turning into a finished product. Next is an underground visit to the Louisville Mega Cavern. The mega tram will take visitors through the man-made cavern that is part of 17 miles of corridors located beneath the city of Louisville, Kentucky.
 
Cost: $10
Must be 12+
 
Farms and Greenhouses
Take a tour of a production agriculture including corn, soybeans and wheat on the Fred L. Sipes Farm with owners and operators Fred and Stacy Snipes. Fred is the country Farm Bureau president and Stacy is an Area Program Director for Kentucky Farm Bureau. Then  tour Hardesty Farm and Greenhouse where visitors will walk the path of their tobacco greenhouse supply business.
 
Free

Community Service: Food Literacy Project
This is your chance to help the community with a Food Literacy Project, as you help youth transform their communities through food, farming and the land. Spend a few hours giving back. The specific project will be determined closer to the YF&R Leadership Conference date.
 
Free
 
**Closed toe shoes must be worn on all tours**
**Tours are open to all attendees and are free unless otherwise noted under the tour description**