Daughter/mother team up to promote agriculture

May 29, 2003

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2003_05_29.jpgPLATTEVILLE-Alicia Prill-Adams, assistant director of University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Farm, and her mother, Nancy Dinelli-Prill, Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau's (RVBC) agricultural tour consultant recently teamed up to promote agriculture.

Nancy says, "I've been including Monroe and New Glarus in our Rockford area tours for years, but couldn't quite get out to Platteville. I would listen to Alicia tell her retired farmer father all that was going on at the Pioneer Farm and I wondered how I could incorporate all that into my tours."

Knowing the diverse programs at the farm, the involvement of the students, the bull test, dairy, hogs, beef cows and the crop programs, seemed the perfect addition to the Rockford-based agriculture tours.

Last fall Nancy developed a three state tour and gave it to the RVBC international sales team to sell. Since Sept. 11 all tours have been a tough sell.

When the call came to Nancy that there was 25 Danish college students and their advisors wanting an agriculture tour, she immediately called Alicia for her assistance. Hogs and dairy were the Danish students primary interest and the mother/daughter team put their heads together.

"I need a hog farm out by Moline," Nancy told Alicia.

"Glen Keppy. He and his sons raise hogs. They are just north of Moline and Glen is a real promoter of hogs and agriculture. He is a graduate of Platteville as is one of his sons," Alicia said.

Back and forth went the e-mails between Denmark, Rockford and Platteville.

The Danish students would fly into Chicago O-Hare late Saturday night. Sunday at breakfast would be orientation and a free day.

Monday morning, by coach, the group would go down Illinois Highway 2 in order to see the original John Deere Historic site in Grand Detour. An on and off the bus photo opportunity both at the John Deere site and in Dixon at the boyhood home of President Ronald Regan, then on to Moline to the John Deere plant.

Glen Keppy's informative tour and presentation concerning hogs, but also the importance of the commitment to the preservation of the agriculture industry, took the group over the Mississippi River into Iowa.

By Tuesday afternoon the group arrived in Platteville where Alicia took over. The group toured the dairy, beef and swine (in construction) centers. The visitors learned about the Wisconsin Agricultural Stewardship Initiative, the latest program between UWP students and staff and the agricultural community. After the tour students were able to eat dinner with UWP students at the Pioneer Student Center.

Wednesday morning the group woke up early and headed to the "M" before breakfast to view the sunrise at "the world's largest M". After that, the group headed south out of Platteville to Shullsburg to Nellie's Restaurant for breakfast.

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