United States Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska toured Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City this morning and was keynote speaker for the American Agri-Women mid-year meeting, hosted at Lied Lodge & Conference Center.
Senator Johanns and members of his staff members toured the Tree Adventure attraction at Arbor Day Farm, the greenhouse and hazelnut growing facilities and even worked alongside crew members as they packed tree seedlings to be mailed to Arbor Day Foundation members.
As a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and the Committee on the Environment and Public Works, Johanns is well-positioned to advance legislation in support of conservation and sustainable development.
We’re glad to host the Senator. Of course, with an early apple bloom, this is an ideal time for everyone to visit Arbor Day Farm.
This weekend, visitors to Arbor Day Farm can take a closer look at the blooms on board the Discovery Ride, departing the Tree Adventure at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. This guided tour includes a stop in the orchards and information about the apple varieties currently in blossom. The cost of the Discovery Ride is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-12 and free for children 2 and under, and is separate from regular Tree Adventure admission.
You can read more about the Senator’s visit at the official blog of Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm.
In the photo atop, Senator Johanns discusses the Arbor Day Foundation’s hybrid hazelnut program with Doug Farrar (left), Vice President of Arbor Day Farm, and Nursery Manager Adam Howard. Below, the Senator takes a turn at packaging tree seedlings.