Farm Expo Begins Wednesday

Agriculture companies from across the Midwest are exhibiting their products at the Tony’s Pizza Events Center and Saline County Livestock & Expo Center at the Mid America Farm Expo this week, Wednesday through Friday.

Approximately 225 exhibits are on display showing the latest in farm technology, machinery, equipment, and supplies.

Special features of the Expo, in addition to the farm equipment displays, include a variety of programs and/or seminars.

Wednesday’s programs will be held in the Saline County 4-H Building that will include a FFA Agronomy Contest in the morning. Wednesday afternoon, Brityne Rucker from KWCH will moderate a business panel featuring Sam Browning, Will Exline, and Travis Young to discuss the keys to success, overcoming obstacles, and adjusting to changes.

Thursday’s Agriculture Market Outlook program speakers will be held in the Saline County 4-H Building. These presenters include Cody Barilla, Terrain’s grain and oilseed analyst, focusing on commodities such as wheat, grain sorghum, sunflowers, cotton, and canola; and Glynn Tonsor, Professor of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, focusing on livestock markets. In addition to the market outlooks, the Kansas Forage & Grassland Council will be hosting a forage update in Tony’s Pizza Event Center on the 2nd Floor. Sessions will include Hay Markets & Outlook, Annual Legumes, Non-Traditional Forages, Woody Encroachment, and Old World Bluestem Mitigation.

In conclusion of the Mid America Farm Expo on Friday morning at the Tony’s Pizza Event Center on the 2nd floor, the Women in Agriculture is excited to have Linda Salem, former President and CEO of Great Plains Manufacturing, as the keynote speaker.

The Expo began 59 years ago as a project of the Agriculture Committee of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce. It was named the Salina Materials Handling Show and had 44 exhibits on display at the Saline County Fairgrounds, now called the Saline County Livestock and Expo Center. With the construction of the Tony’s Pizza Events Center directly across from the Expo Center, the Farm Expo expanded and is now one of the largest spring farm shows in the Midwest. It attracts approximately 8,000 attendees over the three days.

The Expo is headquartered in the Tony’s Pizza Events Center, with additional displays in the Agricultural Hall at the Saline County Livestock & Expo Center. In addition, outside exhibits are located in front of Ag Hall and on the Events Center west parking lot.

There’s no charge for admission or parking.

Hours are 9am-5pm March 20, 9am-5pm March 21, and 9am-2pm March 22. It is sponsored by the Agriculture Committee of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce.