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2005 Farm Progress Show location

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[SEPT. 29, 2004]  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.

Farm Progress 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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[Farm Progress news release]

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