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Minnesota Farmfest, Nation’s Third-Largest Farm Show, Kicks Off Today in Redwood Falls, Minnesota

REDWOOD FALLS, MINNESOTA, August 5, 2014 – Broken blue skies and seasonal morning temperatures greeted farmers today as they converged on Redwood Falls, Minnesota, for the opening day of the nation’s third-largest outdoor agricultural exposition – IDEAg's Minnesota Farmfest.

With this summer’s crops prospering all around the farm show grounds, organizers were expecting overflow crowds at what has become one of the nation’s most rapidly growing shows.

“Crops look exceptional this year as far as the eye can see, so there is a lot of optimism across farm country,” said Dan Durheim, general manager of IDEAg Events. “There is going to be a lot of grain moving during harvest this fall, and that means the need for more and upgraded equipment. Exhibitors are looking forward to an outstanding show and farmers are looking for good deals.”

Minnesota Farmfest was recently named the nation’s third-largest outdoor farm show, and, according to Farmfest Show Director Raymond Bianchi, that distinction is indicative of the exceptional farmer-to-vender relationships the show has become famous for over the years.

“We are located in the heart of farm country and it's fitting that this show has become one of the leading shows in the nation,” Bianchi said. “We have even brighter expectations for the future as we continue to build on the hallmarks of Farmfest – great venders, quality programming, exceptional speakers and, of course, farmers looking for the best and most innovative equipment at their disposal."

This year’s show includes political candidates’ forums for the offices of Minnesota governor, U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, as well as conferences on farm program decisions, the latest in agricultural technology and agricultural careers. American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman will deliver a speech to showgoers today.

IDEAg Group, LLC, which owns, manages and produces Minnesota Farmfest, is wholly owned by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Contacts:   Samantha Castro
IDEAg Group, LLC
(847) 969-2982
samantha.castro@ideaggroup.com
  Cyndie Sirekis
AFBF
(202) 406-3649
cyndies@fb.org