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Agri News Farm Show scheduled March 23-24 in Rochester

Date Modified: 03/25/2011 8:23 AM

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The Agri News Farm Show is making its 29th annual run March 23 and 24.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 23 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24. The show will be held in Graham Arenas on the Olmsted County fairgrounds in Rochester.

The fairgrounds are located south of the intersection of U.S. Highways 14 and 63.

Farmers from Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin are expected to attend the two-day event.

Parking is free and there is no admission charge. The best way to reach the parking area is to approach it from Highway 63 or South Broadway. If traveling south on Highway 63 or South Broadway, turn left on 14th Street SE and park in the lot. If traveling north on Highway 63 or South Broadway, turn right at 14th Street SE.

The adherence to a policy of only allowing farm-related exhibitors in the show and reliance on diversity has earned the Agri News Farm Show a good reputation in farming circles, said Rosie Allen, show organizer and Agri News advertising and circulation manager.

"I'm looking forward to this year's show," Allen said. "We have a nice mix of returning exhibitors and first-time exhibitors who will be displaying a wide variety of products."

Long-time exhibitors at the Agri News Farm Show include: Hammell Equipment, G & S Antenna, St. Joseph Equipment, Advantage Distributing, Hodgman Drainage, Brickl Brothers, Buckey's Sales, KBS, K&R Equipment, Larsen Industries, Morton Buildings, Northland Farm Systems, SI Feeders and Southeast Minnesota Silo.

"We appreciate the long-time exhibitors," Allen said. "Many people return to the show each year to visit with their vendors. We also enjoy attracting new exhibitors to the region's premier farm show."

New exhibitors this year include: Minnesota Pneumatic Products, Al's Concrete Products, Radcliffe Homes and Remodeling, Jim Thompson Garage Door and Opener Co., S & S Dairy Systems, Corn Palace Ag, Plainview Milk Products Cooperative, J. Pasker Seed Co., Resch Enterprises, Stock Auction, L & B Manufacturing, Verns Manufacturing and Ryan Manufacturing.

"We're lucky to have such a diverse group of companies promoting their products and services at our show," Allen said. "We have companies that offer products to small farmers and large farmers and everyone in between."

As farm equipment sizes have grown, so have the challenges of fitting the equipment into the building.

"I start with two blank maps and place the exhibitors in booths, just like filling in a giant jigsaw puzzle," Allen said. "It's rewarding to see all the pieces come together when everyone arrives to set up for the show."

Allen also appreciates the members of the Olmsted County Pork Producers, Dairyland Beef Producers and Olmsted County American Dairy Association. The three organizations serve food at the show each year.

"The volunteers who serve the sandwiches and the dairy products are an asset to the Agri News Farm Show," Allen said. "We're thankful they agree to come to the show."

On March 23, Olmsted County Pork Producers will be serving pulled pork sandwiches. Sandwich sales will start around 11 a.m. and continue until sandwiches are gone. Sandwiches will sell for $3 each.

On March 24, Dairyland Beef Producers will serve sliced roast beef sandwiches. The sandwiches sell for $3 apiece. Beef producers will start serving around 11 a.m. and will serve until the sandwiches are gone.

Linder Farm Network will do reports and broadcasts from the Agri News Farm Show on March 23 during its Mid-Day Farm Review, said Jeff Stewart, ag marketing specialist for the Linder Farm Network. They will be roaming around the show and talking with various agribusinesses and show management about what's happening at the show and about what there is to see at the show.

The Mid-Day Farm Review runs from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. The Mid-Day Farm Review is heard across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa on 27 radio stations.