Agriculture / Horticulture
Usually called "the world's largest maze" when it is created every year at this site, the maze, cut into a cornfield, is one of several major "maize mazes" that "crop up" across the country at the end of each summer. The company that operates and promotes this attraction builds mazes in New York...
This is the corporate headquarters and, at 1,125 acres, probably the largest of ADM's 200+ manufacturing facilities worldwide. ADM is one of the largest agribusiness companies in the world. The company principally purchases raw farm products, the big American staples like wheat, corn, and soy, and...
This 2,717-foot-long cement structure is listed as the largest grain elevator in the world. In 1998, an explosion at the facility killed seven people, and heavily damaged the structure. The elevator is composed of 246 individual 30-foot- by 120-foot-tall connected concrete tanks in three parallel...
Cargill is a company of superlatives, and a company with many unique qualities. It is one of the largest food companies in the world; the nation's largest grain trader; and the largest privately held corporation in the United States in terms of revenue. Over 140,000 employees work at hundreds of...
ConAgra Foods is one of the largest food products, agriculture and feed companies in the world, and is headquartered in Omaha. It is the nations leading restaurant food supplier, and the second largest grocery store supplier. The company employs 80,000 people worldwide, and has 33 consumer food...
A well-known and innovative sustainable agriculture research and advocacy organization, headquartered in this suburban-looking house, surrounded by trails and research gardens, in the heart of the Heartland, Salina Kansas. The Land Institute researches and promotes agricultural methods that reduce...
The New River has been called the most polluted river in the country by a number of environmental organizations. It flows out of Mexicali, Mexico, laden with that city's sewage, then is charged with agricultural chemicals and wastes, as it becomes the primary drainage channel for the intensively...
The stockyards at Omaha closed in 1999, and are now a labarynth of collapsing corrals and pens. In the 1960's this was the largest livestock center in the world, filled with thousands of animals on trading days, and surrounded by meatpacking plants. It surpassed the more famous Union Stockyard in...
The $100 million Pacific Northwest Sugar Plant, east of Moses Lake, was the first sugar beet plant built in the United States in 20 years. In 2002, the 400-employee facility closed after having been operational for only four years, due to high production costs, technical difficulties, and...
The Salton Sea is a 40 mile long inland sea formed by accident, and is now a briny agricultural sink, in one of the most arid places in the country. Before the sea formed, the area was a dry depression, below sea level, south of which was one of the most productive agricultural areas in the state....