Farmers have had to contend with lower prices for crops and livestock for most of the past year, but that hasn't slowed the 2010 version of the Iowa Power Farming Show. The farm equipment exhibition, sponsored by the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association each year, will be held February 2 to 4, at Wells Fargo Arena, Vets Auditorium and Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines.
Last year's event attracted a record 18,900 people to what is now the nation's fourth largest indoor agricultural equipment show. "We currently have about 50 companies on the waiting list, waiting for some space to possibly open up so they can exhibit at this year's event," says Tom Junge, the show director. "This tells me that the row-crop agricultural economy remains strong. We have never had this large of a waiting list before."
This year's show promises to be one of the largest ever
A total of 620 companies will exhibit their wares and services in a total of 1,620 booths, displaying everything from the largest combines, planters and tractors to small machines and accessories, along with other products as well as the latest in precision farming equipment and guidance systems.
There are a number of educational seminars that will take place. Farmers can attend sessions on topics ranging from farm commodity marketing, estate planning and farm succession transitioning, how to boost corn and soybean yields, to the latest updates and information on precision farming technology.
Admission is $6 for adults if you pay at the door. But farmers can get in for $3 by registering at www.iowapowershow.com and taking part in a crop planting intentions survey. For more information about this year's show go to that web site or call the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association office 515-223-5119.