One of North America’s newest farm
machinery shows opened its doors on Friday in Atlanta, Georgia. The
2011 AG Connect Expo, the second to be held, was paired with the American Society of Agricultural and Biological
Engineers (ASABE) convention at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Members of ASABE are the ones who design the farm machines that
appear at shows like AG Connect.
AG Connect is a little different than
most of the other big shows in the U.S. and Canada, though. While
the number of senior company executives on hand to discuss nearly any
topic related to their shiny new equipment or the farm machinery
industry itself is unprecedented. For a farm journalist, that’s a
The show also focuses on education and
an exchange of ideas among producers and others in the ag. business.
So there is a heavy schedule of discussion panels.
Held in downtown Atlanta this year—and
Orlando, Florida, last year—organizers expected its southern
locale would also make AG Connect a destination event for farmers and
others in the industry. After this week’s show wraps up, it will
begin its bi-annual cycle. The next one is scheduled for January,
2013, back in Orlando.
DLG, the German agricultural society
that administers Agritechnica, probably the world’s foremost
machinery event, is a co-sponsor of AG Connect, which is part of the
reason it is scheduled to run in the period between the bi-annual
Agritechnica shows. The next Agritechnica is in November.
Keep an eye out for some of the
highlights from this week’s AG Connect in upcoming issues of
Grainews. One of which takes a look at the redesigned 820 Series of
Fendt tractors AGCO is launching in North America. And as for what
those executives had to say about the business end of the industry,
keep an eye on future issues of Grainews’ sister publication Country
Guide for the lowdown.
For now, I better pack up my computer
and get to the Atlanta airport. A major winter storm is about to
swoop down on this city along with most of the southeastern U.S., and
getting is good. It’s a good thing the 2013 show will be held even
farther south. It seems to be getting harder to keep away from snow