Cindy Lopez | Aug 07, 2012
Calling all farmers!
Want to learn the secrets towards getting the greener grass on your side of the farm? Because here’s the chance you won’t want to skip! Minnesota’s 31st Annual Farmfest, one of the largest agricultural events worldwide, offers ways for you to learn, connect and inspire yourself to grow as a farmer alongside the field crops.
FarmFest embodies what farmers everywhere strive to achieve: Opportunity, growth and prosperity. The three-day convention in Redwood County invites over 35,000 attendees and as many as 500 companies from all over Minnesota and its neighboring states to come together as a universal body aiming to flourish the farming community. Farmfest encourages connectivity, enabling its participants to connect with one another in discovering opportunities that may help everyone build a better future for the agricultural industry.
So out with the old, in with the new! One of Farmfest’s most exciting features highlights what’s the latest in technological advancements for farming equipment. The convention hosts two valuable resources for its attendees, the New Product Showcase and Vendor Theater. These exhibits provide farmers with the exclusives on what’s essential and how to use it (in terms of equipment and technique), making their farming experiences much more efficient for the upcoming seasons. Exhibitors showcase original products newly arrived within the market, bringing to the spotlight highly-advanced goods from equipped fuel trailers and top-of-the-line grain systems, to innovative rock pickers and longer-lasting seeder machines. And while the New Product Showcase displays the bright and shiny aspects of farming, Vender Theater offers to participants the exchange of expertise for the average farmer. With 30-minute educational programs, agricultural experts share the ropes on effective farming and advice towards the run of this laborous business.
While new merchandise brings tons of excitement for avid farmers, Farmfest also dedicates a large portion of its conference to addressing the reoccurring issues that come with enhancing this challenging industry. Taking a political and educational standpoint, the convention offers forums focused on spreading agricultural awareness and addressing common obstacles farmers face everyday. Forums range from issues such as, “The Renewable Fuel Standard: Fueling Agricultural and Energy Industries” to topics covering, “Consumer Preferences: Future Changes for the Livestock Industry.” Because communication and resolution are the essential tools at hand for agricultural growth. Farmfest enables both farmers and leading companies to create together the routes necessary for pushing them towards improvement and overall profit gain.
Experience three days filled with valuable resources while giving the family (and yourself) some fun out in the Sun. Make insect-themed containers, share recipes on healthy eating at the Pavilion Garden Party, learn to decorate your garden with window art, or simply stop by and enjoy a fresh slice of free watermelon! Farmfest is endless with terrific games and events that will keep you entertained while learning how to step up your farming game. Don’t miss this great opportunity for some summer fun and future planning!
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About the Author: After 18 years of living as one of Los Angeles' several residents, Cindy Marie Lopez happily made Northern California her newest and latest home. There, she currently attends the University of California, Santa Cruz as a third year undergraduate working towards her Bachelor's Degree in both Creative Writing and Education. Various of her common interests include reading and writing poetry, hiking local city hot spots, long-distance biking, and eating all the fruit you can offer her on a daily basis.