As many as 100,000 visitors are expected in Boone this week for the Farm Progress Show, the region’s biggest event of its kind. Dena Morgan is spokeswoman for the 59th annual exposition, showing off everything that’s new in agricultural production.
They’ve had to add another street, for 13 streets now, as there was so much interest in exhibitions from the 500 exhibitors on 75 acres of land. Morgan says visitors will be seeing the latest in agricultural equipment and technology as this is the place where many companies will roll out new products and campaigns.
She says some of this year’s new products include a versatile combine from Canada and a Case quad-track. Morgan was asked how this year’s enduring drought will have an impact on the show. “So far, it has not affected any of our exhibits or anything exhibitors had planned to showcase,” Morgan says.
“The feeling is still optimistic in ag, even though we have been in a drought year this year, certainly farmers know that it’s going to happen all over again next year.” The show runs Tuesday through Thursday. It rotates locations every other year.
Boone hosts the show in even-numbered years while Decatur, Illinois, hosts it in odd-numbered years. Learn more at: www.farmprogress.com.
By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City