Post-Conference Tours

Following the conference, attendees will be able to travel north to New York State for additional farm tours and national landmarks. Below are some of the key highlights that will be visited.

Additional highlights of the pre-conference tour include visiting the following Guernsey farms: Ripley Farms, and their new Guernsey Creamery “Hillcrest Dairy”, Coon Brothers Farm, home of Smithfield Guernseys and Del’s Dairy, a new robotic dairy featuring two Lely units.

Official Post-Conference Tour Schedule:

Thursday, June 13th.
Travel to Ripley Farms for visit and lunch
Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Poughkeepsie, NY – 3 nights

 Friday, June 14th.
Tour and lunch at US Military Academy at West Point
Hudson River cruise from Newburgh Yacht Club

Saturday, June 15th.
Visit and lunch at Coon brothers Farm
Visit Dels Dairy Farm
Post conference tour and conference officially concludes

West Point Military Academy – West Point, New York

west point museumSince 1843, the mission of the West Point Museum has been to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret historically significant artifacts and stimulate interest in the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Army and the Profession of Arms. The West Point Museum also supplements academic, cultural and military instruction and provides educational programs and services for Cadets, the military and civilian personnel.

The museum offers a taste of the over 60,000 Army historical artifacts that inspire and educate the U.S. Corps of Cadets on a daily basis. The holdings of the West Point Museum are displayed not only within the Museum’s walls at Pershing Center, but throughout the United States Military Academy at West Point’s buildings and grounds. We invite you to explore these webpages and then visit the museum to learn more about the displays and galleries of America’s oldest and finest military museum. The holdings span the history of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the military history of the United States Army, the history of warfare and the profession of arms.

Hudson River Cruise – Hudson Valley, New York

The Hudson River is a 315 mile (507 km) river that flows from north to south primarily through easternNew York in the United States. The river originates in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York, flows southward through the Hudson Valley, and eventually drains into the Atlantic Ocean at New York Harbor, between New York City and Jersey City.

The river is named after Henry Hudson, an Englishman sailing for the Dutch East India Company, who explored it in 1609, and after whom Hudson Bay in Canada is also named. It had previously been observed by Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano sailing for King Francis I of France in 1524, as he became the first European known to have entered the Upper New York Bay, but he considered the river to be an estuary. The Dutch called the river the North River – with the Delaware River called the South River – and it formed the spine of the Dutch colony of New Netherland. Settlements of the colony clustered around the Hudson, and its strategic importance as the gateway to the American interior led to years of competition between the English and the Dutch over control of the river and colony.