Technology makes your visit to the Farm Progress Show easier and more enjoyable. From seeing the show being built to planning your day, these new tools will make sure you don't miss a thing.
Five web cameras have been installed on the show site in Boone, Iowa. That means you can check on progress on the exhibit field as the show comes together, as well as see what's going on during actual show days. The web cams are sponsored by Slingshot brand from Raven Industries.
One camera is aimed at the main entrance so viewers can see the crowd arriving at the show. Other cameras are located at various places around the grounds for an overview of the show site. Another camera focuses specifically on the Raven exhibit. To see the web cameras, visit the Farm Progress Show website under Visitor Resources Tab, or view the cameras here.
Interactive exhibitor map
Another tool in the technology toolbox is the interactive map and exhibitor list also featured on the Farm Progress Show website. With this feature, visitors can map their day at the show in advance.
"The interactive map and list allows visitors to plan their day, schedule meetings, view events taking place, search for products and request more information from exhibitors," says Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national events manager. "Each visitor can tailor their experience to match their interests and farming practices."
By going to the Farm Progress Show website, visitors can search companies by product categories or by company name. The interactive map will show the location of the selected company and give visitors the option to add the company to their show planner. Once visitors create a login identification and password, they can continue to save and update their show planner with companies they want to visit, meetings they want to attend and demonstrations they want to see.
App puts show in palm of your hand
A Farm Progress Show app is now available for free download to your Android or iPhone. Put the 2014 Farm Progress Show in the palm of your hand with our new app. You will have instant access to key show information including directions to the show, exhibitor search and locator, the master show schedule, hotel and camping information, show news and the latest weather updates.
For access to the Farm Progress Show app, go to your phone's app store and search for "Farm Progress Show." The app is free, your usual phone charges apply. The Farm Progress Show app is sponsored by Unverferth Manufacturing and Mycogen Seeds.
Show voice updates on your phone
While you are at the Farm Progress Show, get voice messages from Max Armstrong with the latest show information. You will receive messages only during the show days you choose when you register. Get updates throughout the show day on important events you won't want to miss! Examples of events include traffic updates, field demo reminders, program info and more! The notification service is FREE, your usual phone usage charges apply. Call now and follow the prompts to register: 708-675-4648. These updates are sponsored by SFP.
Facebook and Twitter
Farm Progress Show visitors can also stay updated on the latest happenings by following the Farm Progress Show's Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/FarmProgressShow, or Twitter account at www.Twitter.com/FPShow. These accounts will provide photos, show reminders and announcements on demonstrations or seminars and other important happenings at the show. The Facebook page is open to allow Farm Progress Show fans to talk about their show experience and comment on show statuses.
And the granddaddy of all this tech is the show's website, www.FarmProgressShow.com, which pulls together all show features and information. The site helps you purchase tickets and find area hotel rooms, too.
Don't miss the show
The 2014 Farm Progress Show takes place in Boone, Iowa, Aug. 26, 27 and 28. The exhibit field is open to visitors from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for ages 13-17, and ages 12 and under are free. Discounted advance adult admission tickets are available now on the show's website. For a full schedule of events and more detailed information, visit www.FarmProgressShow.com. The 2nd Annual Shootout tractor pull is a separate event, and a separate admission ticket is needed.
General show information
Farm Progress Show, www.FarmProgressShow.com, the nation's largest outdoor farm event, annually hosts nearly 600 exhibitors displaying new farm equipment, tractors, combines and farm implements; seed and crop protection products; and many additional farm supplies and services.
Producers from the U.S. and around the world attend this key annual agricultural event.
Ag manufacturers and suppliers from across the country and around the world are exhibitors. Field demonstrations are a show mainstay. Each show day, field demos include side-by-side tillage techniques, GPS and precision equipment, and tractor and combine performance comparisons on hundreds of corn acres available for harvesting. Live cattle-handling demonstrations include the newest cattle chutes, equipment, animal health products and work techniques. Additionally, the show features restored antique machinery, arts and crafts displays, horse training demonstrations and entertainment.
The show is an excellent learning opportunity for producers and includes a wide variety of marketing, management and production seminars.