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Social & Educational Tours/Outings

The YPC sponsors both social and education tours/outings each year at the ASABE Annual International Meeting. A key focus of the YPC is to promote networking opportinities.

Past Activities

Join us for a night at the Reno Rodeo, the "Wildest, Richest, Rodeo in the West." Watch the always exciting PRCA action while socializing with other ASABE members.

Slot Machine
Join us for a tour of the facilities of International Gaming Technology, one of the leading gaming machine manufacturers. This is the company that developed such favorites as the video poker machine; the Red, White and Blue and Double Diamond slot machines; and the most popular gaming machine of all time: Wheel of Fortune progressive slots. See their manufacturing processes and hear how they develop new games.

A tour of Bently Agrowdynamics and Bently Biofuels offers a unique look at progressive farming, ranching, and recycling in Western Navada with the added bonus of being located in the beautiful Carson Valley. Tour Stops: Bently Agrowdynamics is Mr. Bently's agricultural production company, encompassing over 56,000
acres. Over 5,700 acres are improved alfalfa and small grain farmland under center pivot and portable solidset sprinkler utilizing multiple water sources, including direct runoff, reservoir storage, groundwater, and treated municipal effluent. The cattle division is a cow-calf operation of over 1,900 cows. Also integral to the operation is a 20,000 ton per year compost production facility which recycles municipal biosolids, wood waste, and greenwaste into fertilizer.
Bently Biofuels is a biodiesel manufacturer with a 500,000 gallon per year batch style plant designed to use multiple feedstocks, primarily yellow grease. Fuel is sold wholesale in bulk and retail at their own Biofuels gas station, which only sells biodiesel and ethanol blends. All Bently Agrowdynamics equipment and vehicles also run on custom biodiesel blends, which vary depending on the season.

Providence Waterfire
Waterfire is a grand work that goes well beyond ordinary static art - one hundred bonfires lining the three rivers of downtown Providence, with firetender boats moving from fire to fire, are a spectacle not to be missed. Adding to the grandeur, music, people, and other torchlit boats cruising the river make this a can't-miss event. The Young Profressionals Community is hosting this outing to Waterfire, complete with access to the Brazier Society VIP tent. The package includes both hot passed and stationery hors d'oeuvres, pasta bar, desserts, and complimentary beer, wine, coffee, and soft drinks. A cash bar is available for hard alcohol. Please joint the YPC for this fantastic event and VIP treatment.

Portland Underground
Take an educational tour of the infamous "Portland Underground" thatfocuses on the shanghai trade in the City of Portland from 1850-1941, as well as "white slavery," prohibition, and the history of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) labor movement in the Northwest. A never-before-seen agricultural twist to the Underground will be exposed based upon research completed early in 2006. In addition, the early history of the Chinese, Japanese, and Gypsies will be covered. The tour is operated by the Cascade Geographic Society (CGS) and provides a unique glimpse back into the hidden (or buried) past of the "City of Roses."

Comedy Club
The young professionals will be heading to Ybor City, an historic district in downtown Tampa, for dinner and a comedy show at the Tampa Improv Comedy Theater & Restaurant. Tentatively showing
will be Rickey Smiley.

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