It’s official! Sam and Mary Mondry will be headed to sugarcane country with me in 2014. That’s because Mary took the time to enter the drawing I offered this past fall: to win a VIP trip to a location in the U.S. of their choosing.
Mary wrote the e-mail letter while the Forest River, N.D., farm family was in the heat of sugar beet harvest. In fact, Sam was busy running the beet lifter when his wife called him to pose the question, "If you could see any farm, company or factory related to agriculture, where or what would it be?"
With the acres of sugar beets staring right at him, she wrote, Sam answered that he’d like to see a sugarcane operation and experience harvest at the farm. It would be great, they said, to see how the other sugar crop is raised in the U.S. and understand the entire process, including the challenges.
Like the Mondrys, I’ve never been on sugarcane farm, so we’ll have a new experience together. I look forward to it.
Many thanks to all of you who entered. I greatly enjoyed your notes. It was fun to read about where you’d like to go and why. The locations stretched from Maine to Hawaii.
Here’s a quick snapshot of the breadth of places folks picked: barley harvest in Montana; the St. Louis headquarters of Monsanto Company; Alaska; a wind turbine manufacturer; and the NCAA men’s championship basketball game with Michael Swanson, Wells Fargo ag economist, and Larry the Cable Guy.
The three most popular selections: the John Deere factory and museum in Moline, Ill.; Syngenta’s seed facility in Kauai, Hawaii; and Howard G. Buffett’s research farm in Decatur, Ill.