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Over 30,000 Expected for Farm Show

Published: Friday, January 11, 2019

Over 30,000 farmers are expected to attend the 30th annual Fort Wayne Farm Show, Jan. 15-17, to view the area's largest variety of farm equipment and services in one location. The sold-out exhibit area will feature 413 companies with approximately 1,100 booths.

"This year, producers are concerned with the effect tariffs and trade will have on farm income," said Fred Cline, farm show director for TradExpos, Inc. "With much of that out of producers' hands, our exhibitors are positioning themselves into a supportive role with products and services to help the producers with the only thing they can control, efficiency."

During the three-day farm show, attendees will be able to attend daily educational seminars which are sponsored by Northeastern Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Purdue Cooperative Extension Service.

All seminars will take place in Appleseed Room A, unless noted otherwise.

Topics and speakers on Jan. 15 include:

• 10 a.m.—"Grain Market Outlook," Jon Cavanaugh, marketing director, Central States Enterprises Inc.; David Kohli, adjunct professor, Ivy Tech; Ryan Martin, chief meteorologist, Hoosier Ag Today; and Rob Winters, farm director, NewsTalk 1190-WOWO.

• 11:30 a.m. (luncheon)—"INField Advantage Program and What Drones Can Do for Ag," Crystal Van Pelt and Bill Horan, Purdue Extension educators. Lunches will be available to the first 100 people on a first come, first serve basis. Lunch and seminar to be held in Appleseed Room B.

• 1:30 p.m.—"Pesticide Training: Transportation," Fred Whitford, clinical engagement professor, Purdue University; "Weed Update," Bill Johnson, Purdue University weed specialist.

Jan. 16 topics and speakers include:

• 10 a.m.—"The Changing Landscape of Zoning," Greg Slipher, livestock specialist, Indiana Farm Bureau; "NRCS Conservation Practices," Derek Thompson, NRCS district conservationist.

• 11:30 a.m. (luncheon)—"Tackling Ag Nutrient Loss," Ben Wicker, executive director, Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance. Lunches will be available to the first 150 people on a first come, first serve basis. Lunch and seminar to be held in Appleseed Room B.

• 1:30 p.m.—"Weather Outlook," Ryan Martin, chief meteorologist, Hoosier Ag Today; "Grain and Livestock Market Outlook," Chris Hurt, agricultural economist, Purdue University.

• 3:30 p.m.—"Weighing Your Options for Cover Crop Seeding," Stephanie McLain, Indiana Soil Health specialist, NRCS.

• 5 p.m.—"Beef Quality Assurance Training," Ron Lemenager, beef nutrition management specialist, Purdue University Extension. To preregister, go to

On Jan. 17, the topics and speakers include:

• 10 a.m.—"Ag Market Outlook," Charlie Stutesman, consultant, Brock Associates.

• 1 p.m.—"Using New USDA Online Tools: FSAfarm+,, Client Gateway," state FSA representative, Joyce Thompson, soil conservationist, USDA-NRCS.

The 2019 Fort Wayne Farm Show will be held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 15, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 16, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 17. Admission is free, but parking is $5.

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