INDIANAPOLIS -- When area farmers visit the 33rd Indiana-Illinois Farm and Outdoor Power Equipment Show, Dec. 13-15, at the West Pavilion of the Indiana State Fairgrounds, they will be guaranteed of seeing a show that is filling every space available in the 170,000-square foot facility.
"All of our exhibit space is now sold out, with an outstand group of ag manufacturers, dealers and suppliers on hand to show everything that's new in the industry," Show Manager Richard Sherman said.
"(More than) 350 companies will have their products and services represented. Some of the companies are exhibiting for the first time, some are returning after a few year's absence, including Indiana companies such as Kasco Manufacturing and Hostetler Grain, and others have been here every year we have done the show.
"The largest exhibitors again are led by the John Deere display, presented by Reynolds Farm Equipment and Smith Implement; the Case IH display presented by Bane Equipment; and the Cat and Agco display presented by MacAllister Machinery. We have great displays of self-propelled sprayers and outdoor power equipment plus an outstanding lineup of shortline equipment. But it's not just the big displays that are of interest. We have more than 200 10-by-10 booths showing everything from seeds to the latest technology.
"This will certainly be our best farm show yet. And farmers should check out the many show specials.
There will be some great opportunities at this year's show to buy what you need for next year's planting and harvest, at prices that may be surprisingly affordable."
There will also be an outstanding lineup of free seminars each show day at 11 a.m., presented by Hoosier Ag Today and moderated by Gary Truitt and Andy Eubank.
The Tuesday program will be on ag law and government regulations, a primer for area farmers on how to keep from getting entangled in local, state and federal regulations.
The seminar will be presented by Kevin M. Alerding, partner at Ice Miller, LLP, and Justin Schneider, staff attorney with the Indiana Farm Bureau.
There will be two seminars Wednesday morning.
First, Neil Mylet, a farmer and software designer, will discuss new wireless apps and how smart phones are helping farmers stay connected.
Mylet will be followed by Chris Hurt of Purdue, with his market outlook.
The seminar, a yearly feature, has become a must for area farmers.
The closing day program Thursday will present Jim Riley, always a show favorite, giving tips to farmers on improving their marketing plants, with "How to Feed a Bull and Survive a Bear."
Show hours are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 13-14, and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15.
Show admission is free, but there will be a $3 vehicle cost to park at the fairgrounds.