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Farm Progress Show one month earlier

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[JULY 28, 2004]  ALLEMAN, Iowa -- The 2004 Farm Progress Show will be one month earlier this year, on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1-2 near Alleman, Iowa. The show dates have been moved up to avoid farmers' harvest time schedule conflicts.

"This year's show is a month earlier than past shows because show visitors and exhibitors requested a timing change," says Don Tourte, national shows director. "Now exhibitors and visitors can more easily attend the Farm Progress Show and not worry about missing a harvest 'window of opportunity,'" he says.

The 51st annual show offers a spectacular lineup of new features, including an expanded exhibit area, field and livestock demonstrations with new events, and it introduces activities sponsored by the American Quarter Horse Association.

The show, known as the "Super Bowl of Agriculture," returns to the site of its 2002 show on the farms operated by the families of Jack and Steve Holland; Harold Lande; Dean, Ray and Del Stall; and Steve and Todd Twedt.

"We are very excited to once again work with the same great group of families who hosted our last Iowa show and contributed greatly to its outstanding success," says Tourte. "They are terrific hosts. The site is one of the best for our exhibitor Tent City and field demonstrations, plus it provides easy access for visitors to this tremendous agricultural area."

This show is set to host nearly 400 exhibitors displaying new farm equipment, tractors, combines and farm implements; seed and crop protection products; and many other production items. Ag manufacturers and suppliers from across the country and around the world and are set to participate. This year's show features added focus on the latest agricultural high-tech equipment, including computer-controlled guidance systems, satellite imagery, GPS-based management systems and a long list of state-of-the-art information and technology available for today's farms.

Field demonstrations are a show mainstay and include side-by-side equipment, tractor and combine performance comparisons on hundreds of corn acres available for harvesting, tillage and tiling demonstrations. Demonstrations run from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. each show day.


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Live cattle-handling demonstrations include the newest cattle chutes, equipment, animal health products and work techniques. Demos will be conducted each show day, starting at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Young Pro Ropers will have roping clinics each day, and Farm Progress' own "horse whisperer," Craig Cameron, also performs daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Family entertainment is featured throughout the day in the Farm and Fireside Tent, including speakers, demonstrators and other entertainers. Presenters include Jerry Kluver, manager of Earl May Garden Center in West Des Moines, with gardening and landscaping ideas; Joanna Lund, with her healthy cooking demonstrations modeled from her Iowa Public Television series; comedians Beck and Robertson; antique specialists Vern and Martha Bear; and others.

The Arts and Crafts Tent is a favorite shopping stop for home decorations, clothing, novelties, collectibles, art and other craft items.

Hearty meals, tasty treats and refreshments will be available at the show.

The 2004 Farm Progress Show site is located one-half mile west of Interstate 35 and two miles east of Alleman. The site is approximately 30 minutes north of downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

The show exhibit field is open to visitors from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is welcome.

The show is hosted by Wallaces Farmer magazine.

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