Farm Progress Show location
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CAROL STREAM -- A media
conference was scheduled for today (Wednesday) in Decatur to
announce the location and dates of the 2005 Farm Progress Show.
Decatur is the home of Prairie Farmer, the show host publication,
and the announcement is being made at nearby Richland Community
College. The Illinois-Indiana site search was narrowed to four
finalist locations earlier this year.
This decision marks a historical
precedent to move the Superbowl of Agriculture™ to a semi-permanent
facility for its Illinois-Indiana location. In the past, the Farm
Progress Show rotated annually between the states of Illinois,
Indiana and Iowa and was on different host farm sites each year.
Going forward, the show will be held alternately at its new
Illinois-Indiana location, followed by its Iowa location the next
year. The search process for a semi-permanent Iowa facility is
currently under way.
The nation's largest outdoor farm show
is moving to a semi-permanent facility to reduce the risk of weather
disruptions and to provide show visitors and exhibitors with
additional facilities and exhibit features.
The latest agriculture technology,
products and services vital to America's producers are featured at
the show. The annual gathering represents a tradition of rural
community building with its educational offerings and has hosted
many political leaders. Most recently, President George W. Bush
visited the 2004 show held near Alleman, Iowa, Aug. 31-Sept. 2. The
country's top agribusinesses plus many regional and local
manufacturers and suppliers are regular exhibitors. The Farm
Progress Show has been the blueprint for other farm shows that have
been started around the country.
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The show's 50th
anniversary was held in 2003 near Henning, north of Danville, close
to the site where the first show was held in 1953.
Prairie Farmer and
Indiana Prairie Farmer are the Illinois-Indiana site's show host
publications. Wallaces Farmer is the Iowa site's host publication.
The Farm Progress Show is owned by Farm Progress Companies, located
in Carol Stream.
Companies Inc. is the largest U.S. media company serving the
agricultural market. The company's division headquartered in the
suburban Chicago area publishes state, regional and national farm
publications, such as Prairie Farmer, Nebraska Farmer and Farm
Futures, a nationally circulated publication for high-volume
producers. The division operates five trade shows, including the
Farm Progress Show.
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