Everything Ag Showcased at Farmfest

August 14, 2018

The 37th Annual Farmfest Expo, held August 7-9 near Redwood Falls, Minn., started out with rain and mud but ended up with plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures over the three-day event.

This year’s show featured nearly 500 commercial exhibitors, numerous educational seminars and several political forums with candidates who addressed key issues impacting agriculture in Minnesota and surrounding states.

Paulsen EVP, Industry Analyst Greg Guse attended the first day of Farmfest. In spite of a rainy open to the show, he indicated the number of attendees grew as the skies cleared and show grounds began to dry.

Guse was impressed with the number of ag-related seminars on a wide range of topics, from world trade to farm succession planning.

“Also, with the mid-term elections coming in November, there was a great deal of interest in the candidate forums, which addressed the most pressing issues facing agriculture today,” he says. “It was a very lively discussion among the senate and congressional candidates running for election in Minnesota this fall.”

Guse also noted the Minnesota Pork Ambassador program, sponsored by the Minnesota Pork Board. Seventeen young Ambassador candidates gave detailed presentations on the swine industry topic of their choice as part of this competition.

“I was impressed by the depth and quality of the presentations given by these young pork producers. Their passion and commitment to the pork industry was very apparent,” he says. “The future of swine production is in good hands.”

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