Tour of Kansas City to provide inside look at behind the scenes agriculture

22 05 2013

McPHERSON, KAN.- May 22, 2013 – Kansas Farmers Union is hosting a trip to Kansas City on June 7, where we’ll tour USDA’s GIPSA National Grain Center, the Kansas City Board of Trade and EPA Region 7 Science and Technology Center.

Starting at 9 a.m. we’ll tour the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s GIPSA National Grain Center facility (10383 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, MO) and observe some of the laboratory work.

“The National Grain Center is responsible for the nation’s scale calibrations. So, every rural elevator is calibrated back to the Center. They are also responsible for matching our scales to international scales for international trade,” KFU President Donn Teske said. “Their grain lab provides the official U.S. grading standards and national inspection system. They’ve got all kinds of fancy equipment there.”

Following the GIPSA tour, we’ll break for lunch, and then make our way to the Kansas City Board of Trade (4800 Main Street, Suite 303, Kansas City, MO) where we’ll view a short film and tour the trading floor.

CME Group, Inc., the world’s largest futures exchange, agreed on Oct. 17 to buy the Kansas City exchange for $126 million. CME plans to expand futures offerings in wheat on its Chicago trading floor on July 1 after closing the Kansas City Board of Trade.

The last day of open-outcry trading in the Kansas City futures pit is set for June 28. Don’t pass up this opportunity to see trading history as it comes to a close in Kansas City.

We’ll end our trek by visiting the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 Science and Technology Center (901 N 5th St, Kansas City, KS), also known as the Kansas City Science and Technology Center (KCSTC).

The Center is one of 10 EPA regional laboratories throughout the country that provide monitoring, analytical support, and data assessments.

In the mid-1990s, EPA realized that effective implementation of the Kansas City laboratory’s mission was no longer feasible in its existing location, which it had occupied for 30 years. In deciding to construct and occupy a new laboratory building, EPA incorporated lessons it learned when successfully designing and building its Region 7 headquarters office building in 1999. That project showcased many green features and strategies that could be incorporated in the construction and operation of the regional lab.

 More information about the Region 7 green office building project can be found at http://www.epa.gov/region7/p2/offtheshelf.

Please RSVP by May 31 by emailing kfu.nick@gmail.com or calling (785) 527-0941. At least one tour stop will require us to turn names in ahead of time, and the number in our group will also determine the number of tour guides needed.

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