I spent most of the last week of
January in Kansas City at Ag Connect Expo.
This was only the third time this show
has been held, and it started off on a pretty small scale—at least
in terms of attendance. But from the start, this event has had some
pretty impressive sponsors. All the major equipment brands are behind
it. And it’s becoming known as the “manufacturer’s show”.
Ag Connect still isn’t operating on the
scale of the major events, such as the National Farm Machinery Show
in Louisville, Kentucky, or Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina,
but it’s growing. The 11,000 attendance number this year was nearly
double the 5,800 that made the trip to Atlanta for the last show in
2011. And there were 400 exhibitors on hand to vie for their
attention this time.
Ag Connect is held every second year;
the next one will be in Indianapolis, Indiana, in January of 2015.
Just because this show doesn’t rival
others in terms of its size or attendance numbers, don’t assume there
isn’t anything to see. Ag Connect takes a very different approach
than any other North American event. You won’t find brands taking up
acres of space to parade their full machinery line ups, but you will
find an ample helping of concept machines and interesting innovations
Arguably, there is even more to hear
than there is to see. Modeled loosely after Germany’s Agritechnica,
Ag Connect has a strong focus on the exchange of ag information of
all types, which is what makes this event unique. If you’re wondering
what other successful producers are focusing on in their operations,
Ag Connect is a great place to find out.
“Centre Stage” at Ag Connect
Expo hosts a virtually non-stop list of panel discussions involving
people from nearly every ag sector.
The show incorporates a long list of
panel discussions, involving people from all aspects of agriculture.
Ag Connect is the right place to find that out, too. There aren’t
many places where you can bump into the senior executives from all
the major equipment brands wandering the aisles, listen to them
discuss their company’s approach to a variety of topics or ask them a
question. But you can at Ag Connect.
An example of the equipment on
display is Hagie’s nutrient applicator bar for an SP sprayer.
If you’re in the mood to attend a farm
show that offers a little different kind of environment, Ag Connect
might be for you. For more information on the next event, check out