Farm show takes over Vermillion

Farm show takes over Vermillion
As farmers make their plans for the coming year, a good one-stop option to get those ideas flowing is the three-day Dakota Farm Show, which opened Tuesday at The University of South Dakota's DakotaDome.

"This is when farmers are really seriously starting to look into what they need for the next growing season," said Ron Howard, Dakota Farm Show manager.

This year marks the 24th year for the Dakota show and offers visitors the chance to see new products, attend seminars and network with exhibitors and other producers.


Featuring more than 300 exhibitors with 700 different product lines on display, and a full-line distributor trade show, the Dakota Farm Show hosts a wide variety of agriculture-related products and services.

"Historically, we have about 26,000 in attendance over the course of the show," Penny Swank, farm show manager stated.

Serving the needs of visitors, as well as exhibitors, the show provides opportunities for dealers to get feedback directly from customers and producers alike to learn the latest advances in agriculture technology and innovation.

"(Exhibitors) get instant feedback," Howard said. "They can get out there and talk to the farmers and find out right away what their opinions are and get a feel for what their needs are."

The seminars featured at the show include a livestock outlook, which was held on Tuesday by South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension risk and business management specialist Matt Diersen, and a grain market outlook to be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday by SDSU Extension grain marketing specialist Al May. "The seminars always go over real well," Swank said.

Another feature event of the show is the drawing for the chance to win a 2007 Northland Ford pickup. After a drawing held on the last day of the show, six qualifiers will join 51 other prospective winners from other farm shows for a final drawing.

"We had an excellent turnout," farm show information service representative Pat Mount said, adding that many of the visitors to this year's show are coming from nearby states like Iowa and Nebraska.

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