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AgriNews photo/Jeannine Otto Sows rest and eat at the gestation barn at Fair Oaks Farms Pig Adventure in Fair Oaks, Ind. The unit uses the Electronic Sow Feeder system. Students from Michael Byrne Elementary School in Chicago traveled to Fair Oaks, Ind., to learn about crop and pork production on a trip sponsored by the Illinois Pork Producers Association. 

The venue is part of a 25,000-acre dairy farm owned by the Bos, den Dulk, McCloskey, Schakel and Van Ravenswaay families.

The farm offers interactive tours for guests to view real-time dairy operations and pork production.

The Fair Oaks Pork Education Center opened in July 2015. It joined the existing Pig Adventure, just north of the main facility in Jasper County.

The Winfield Crop Adventure opened in June and offers more than 100 exhibits, including interactive games and touchscreen displays, to educate visitors on crop development and production, along with world food demand and soil and water health.

Students from Michael Byrne Elementary School visited the Fair Oaks facility on Oct. 25.

Jeannine Otto can be reached at 815-223-2558, ext. 211, or jotto@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Otto. 

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