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World Ag Expo showcases new innovations

World Ag Expo showcases new innovations

John Deere farming equipment was on display for public view. This harvester was amongst the most visited by young and old John Deere fans.

POSTED February 17, 2012 11:01 p.m.

About 100,000 visitors at the 45th World Ag Expo in Tulare had the opportunity to sneak a peek at the latest and greatest products and ideas in the agriculture industry, as well as explore the interior workings of farm equipment such as tractors and harvesters.
Products from 70 countries were featured at the event.

Despite some rain and mud, the International Agri-Center was packed with the same number of visitors as last year, according to Expo spokesperson Liza Tiexeira.
A presidential visit and a campaign stop were just some of the highlights of the Expo, which draws in farmers, ranchers, business leaders, and environmentalists from across the country.
Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich made an appearance Tuesday and former President George W. Bush was the keynote speaker on Wednesday night to kick off the Agri-Center's new Ag Warrior program, which will help returning veterans explore training and careers in agriculture.
On Wednesday the buzz around the Argi-Center was the Gingrich visit. He was in the San Joaquin Valley for a fundraiser with supporters at a Fresno home.
"I thought it was pretty neat that he came here to the Ag Expo," said Tulare resident Shelby Contreras.

Country music star Trace Adkins performed during the second annual Concerts for a Cause. Funds raised from the concert will support agriculture education programs locally and nationally.

Agriculture education was paramount at the Expo. Thousands of Future Farmers of America students from across the state visited the Expo to learn about ag-related careers. At the Ag Careers barn more than 2,000 people, including FFA students, had the opportunity to speak with representatives from John Deere Tech, California State Universities like Fresno, Cal Poly Pomona, San Luis Obispo, College of the Sequoias and Stanislaus.
"I've had a lot of fun here learning about the dairy industry and what employers want," said Imperial Valley FFA student Ashley Bynum, who plans on attending Cal Poly SLO.

Amongst the 1,800 vendors the dairy industry had the largest representation. Of the top 10 Best New Products, four were dairy beneficial.

"The Top-10 new products are a favorite "must-see" among World Ag Expo visitors," said 2012 World Ag Expo chairman, Patty Colson.

A group of judges made up of farmers, ranchers and industry professionals selected the Top-10 New Products. The top winner was a collar from Semex USA, based out of Colorado. The collar tracks a cow's body heat and activity level to ensure the cow is truly "a happy cow."
The best new product from the Central Valley was "Nutware" by Atwater-based Nut Software. The new software tracks nuts from tree harvest to final destination to ensure inventory control, improved field management and accurate sales numbers.

Of all the vendors at the show John Deere dominated with the most visitors. A steady stream of visitors packed the tractor displays and merchandise sale tents.
"It's not just their quality tractors that people love," said Tulare resident Trina Mercado. "It's all the toys and other things. Everyone knows John Deere, it is an American tradition in farming and non-farming communities."


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