Des Moines, Iowa (June 5, 2022) – The Future Farmers of America teamed up with the Principal Charity Classic to give a tour to nine area students at Wakonda Club Sunday. The tour was organized by Landus Cooperative.

As a farmer-owned cooperative headquartered in Iowa, Landus elevates and uplifts thousands of farmers in communities throughout rural America. By activating the power of data to connect key contributors across the ag supply chain, we’re helping farmers build sustainable and profitable businesses and activating a more secure food and fuel future for farmers and consumers alike.

The group toured the Wakonda maintenance shop and discussed the various pieces of equipment that are vital to the process every morning and afternoon. The students spoke with Wakonda Superintendent Dane Wilson and PGA TOUR Champions Agronomist Brian Maloy.

Topics of discussion included:

  • The process of turning a regular golf course into a Championship golf course
  • How golf course maintenance has been revolutionized with analytics
    • Very similar development within agriculture as a whole
  • Their career paths
    • Brian was an Iowa State student who took a turf management class out of slight interest and fell in love with the field of study
  • Difference and similarities between golf course maintenance and agriculture
  • Budget of course maintenance

“Groups like FFA are important for developing the next generation of growers and farmers,” said Wilson. “Whether it is growing crops or maintaining golf courses, these kids are investing in an exciting field of work and it was an honor to provide them some knowledge and advice that I’ve learned throughout the year”