Monday, August 27, 2007

Farm Progress Show News Round Up

The show starts Tuesday and it's the biggest event in American Agriculture:

Prairie Farmer (the host company):

The eyes of the agricultural world will be on the 54th Farm Progress Show, which kicks off Tuesday, Aug. 28 and runs through Aug. 30 in Decatur, Ill. It offers the largest collection of new farm equipment, technology and information you'll find in any one location.

Exhibitors are extremely pleased:

DECATUR – While Jarrod Snyder, Ted Cech and Rick Compte hauled tarp over a frame for the ADM tent, a Rhino crew across Central Progress Avenue arranged straw bales in a small circle.

"It's going to be a backhoe rodeo," said John Klemm, who works for the Gibson City-based Rhino distributor.

"Visitors can get on a backhoe, a Rhino with a curved boom, and pick up a ball to put it in a bucket," said Ron Coffing, a sales manager for the company, of the activity going on at his tent this week.

The men started working early last week on their display for the Farm Progress Show, which opens Tuesday at its permanent site adjacent to Richland College for a three-day run. The Richland site was picked in 2004 to be the biennial Illinois show location.

By the time sponsors held a press preview last Wednesday, tents were going up everywhere, the Kinze grain wagon had already been run up its traditional pole to loom over the show site, mounds of mulch waited for distribution and traffic was heavy as manufacturers delivered equipment and other products to the site.

Farm Progress Show has Something for Everyone:

Farmers and those in agriculture-related businesses will find information on the latest agricultural products and services. In fact, many companies, such as Monsanto, Deere & Co. and Dow AgroSciences, wait until the show to unveil new products and discoveries.

There also will be tons of demonstrations on everything from tilling to horsemanship to cattle handling. It’s an exciting time for farmers.

But the show also has a lot to offer for those not directly associated with farming.

Why not attend a Rural Life Fashion Show or visit one of the presentations by “Horse Whisperer” Craig Cameron? Expand your knowledge by viewing presentations on “Feeling Great Naturally” or “Hints for Stretching Your Healthcare Dollars.”

Monsanto will have a very interesting display

Monsanto's exhibition at this year's Farm Progress Show will feature a complete on-site research-and-development (R&D) technology showcase including in-the-field displays of the company's key R&D pipeline technologies for the farm. Monsanto planted the live test plots earlier this year so that farmers and investors could see each of the projects in a field setting.

"We have the most successful R&D program in the ag industry, and it's poised to deliver value to farmers for years to come," Robb Fraley, Monsanto's chief technology officer, said. "No one in our industry has invested in the farmer the way we have or for as long as we have, and this investment has enabled us to deliver continuous innovation to the farm."

BioFuels will be a focus:

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Corn is expected to be front and center during the annual Farm Progess Show, which will get underway tomorrow in Decatur.

Farm Progress Show manager Matt Jungmann (YUNG'-man), says after years of talk about the money farmers might one day make when their corn is turned into ethanol for fuel, the payoff has begun.

American farmers have planted more corn than ever this year and prices have stayed high, largely because of demand for ethanol.

Ameren will have a Smart House at the show:

As visitors enter the Ameren tent, their first stop will be the "Everyday Energy" station to learn about the impact a variety of electric appliances can have on home energy use. Using Kill A Watt™ measuring devices, people will see firsthand how much electricity an appliance uses.

Visitors may be surprised at the difference in energy use between an old, "energy-hog" refrigerator and a new, energy-efficient model at the "That Uses Watt?" station. At "Pedal Power," guests will be able to pedal a special energy bike to see whether incandescent light bulbs or energy-efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs light up faster. The tent also will feature a special display of live trees and shrubs -- all varieties suitable for planting near power lines. The "Play It Safe" station will challenge visitors to learn more about natural gas safety.

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