Clements: More than 30,000 attendees are expected to again adorn the more than one million square feet of exhibit space during the Minnesota Farmfest starting Tuesday. The 2017 Minnesota Farmfest marks the fifth year of involvement by the American Farm Bureau Federation. Samantha Castro, marketing manager for IDEAg, which operates the event and is owned by AFBF, says Farmfest offers a gathering point for farmers and ranchers to discuss the latest ideas in agriculture.
Castro: Farmfest has offered kind of a one-stop-shop for farmers in the Midwest to meet with some of the top agribusinesses to discuss new products, get some demos, and really get themselves prepared for the coming season, whether it’s the harvest or the following season’s planting.
Clements: This year’s event will also host a farm bill listening session by the House Agriculture Committee.
Castro: They’ll be talking about the next farm bill, and they will also be taking questions from the audience which is a great opportunity for people to come out and actually get face to face with these politicians who are working for them in Washington.
Clements: Beyond the farm bill event, Castro says there are many other events for attendees to enjoy.
Castro: Beside the 500 plus exhibitors that we have on the show site, there are a number of great events taking place, lots of special family fun events. Every year on Wednesday morning we kick off the show with Minnesota Farm Bureau’s pancake breakfast. On Thursday afternoon, we always wrap up our show with the University of Minnesota Farm Family of the year recognition program and give these families a nice round of applause.
Clements: Farmfest will be held August 1-3 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. Micheal Clements, Washington.