2019 World Ag Expo set for Feb. 12-14

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The In­ter­na­tional Agri-cen­ter is set to hold the 52nd World Ag Expo Fe­bru­ary 12-14, 2019. The largest an­nual agri­cul­tural ex­po­si­tion of its kind, World Ag Expo®boasts more than 1,450 ex­hibitors dis­play­ing cut­ting-edge agri­cul­tural tech­nol­ogy and equip­ment on 2.6 mil­lion square feet of ex­hibit space. In 2018, 106,700 peo­ple came from 49 states and 63 coun­tries to at­tend the 51st World Ag Expo.

On Tues­day morn­ing, open­ing cer­e­monies will kick off the show with spe­cial guest speaker, Amer­i­can Farm Bureau Pres­i­dent Zippy Du­vall. A va­ri­ety of sem­i­nars will be of­fered, in­clud­ing dairy, wa­ter, in­ter­na­tional trade, gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tion and women in agri­cul­ture. These sem­i­nars are pre­sented by pro­fes­sion­als in the in­dus­try and pro­vide at­ten­dees with valu­able in­for­ma­tion to im­prove their op­er­a­tions.

New this year will be a free, one­day con­fer­ence aimed at young women in­ter­ested in a ca­reer in agri­cul­ture. Grow by Farmher, is be­ing held on the west coast for the first time, and re­quires pre-regis­tra­tion at http://bit. ly/growat­wae19. Other spe­cial events in­clude the Capi­tol Min­istries din­ner on Tues­day night, the Wed­nes­day morn­ing Prayer Break­fast and the Cal­i­for­nia Ag Lead­er­ship break­fast on Thurs­day morn­ing.

The Top-10 New Prod­ucts Com­pe­ti­tion, spon­sored by Bank of Amer­ica, is back with prod­ucts of­fer­ing im­proved tech­nol­ogy for the field and in­creased ef­fi­cien­cies. From a oneof-a-kind heavy-duty elec­tric fork lift to an af­ford­able dairy ge­nomic test, to a wire­less ir­ri­gation valve con­trol sys­tem, the Top-10 New Prod­ucts has some­thing to of­fer every type of farm­ing op­er­a­tion.

“World Ag Expo con­tin­ues to pro­vide the best plat­form for buy­ers and sell­ers to meet, greet, and grow the ag in­dus­try,” says Jerry Sinift, In­ter­na­tional Agri-cen­ter’s CEO. “Our theme this year is ‘Har­vest­ing Tech­nol­ogy,’ and there is plenty of time, money and re­source-sav­ing tech­nol­ogy to find at this show. We’re im­pressed every year with the new in­no­va­tions our ex­hibitors bring to World Ag Expo.”

At­ten­dees can look for­ward to new fea­tures this year, in­clud­ing daily live­stock dog demon­stra­tions in the new Demon­stra­tion Pav­il­ion, Ride & Drive

ar­eas on the East and West ends of the grounds, and a wide va­ri­ety of new sem­i­nars that cover ev­ery­thing from cannabis to au­to­ma­tion in the ag in­dus­try.

At­ten­dees will also be able to en­joy an ad­di­tional 20 acres of park­ing to the east of the In­ter­na­tional Agri­cen­ter grounds. With the move of on-site RV camp­ing to the south park­ing lot, space to the east of the grounds has been con­verted to day park­ing.

Start­ing Fe­bru­ary 1, World Ag Expo at­ten­dees can get the lat­est news, in­for­ma­tion and up­dates about the show by down­load­ing the new 2019 mo­bile app. The free app pro­vides mo­bile ac­cess to the sched­ule of events, an ex­hibitor di­rec­tory, map of the show grounds and other vis­i­tor re­sources. The app is avail­able for down­load from the IOS and An­droid app stores by search­ing “World Ag Expo 2019.”

For a full sched­ule of events, visit http://bit. ly/wae19sched­ule. For more in­for­ma­tion about the show or to pur­chase tick­ets for 2019 World Ag Expo visit www. Worldag­expo.org.

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More than 100,000 peo­ple from 63 coun­tries at­tended World Ag Expo in 2018.

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