Let the Ag Year begin

Manitoba Ag Days 2013 is literally where the “Ag Year begins” for many of the 12,000-plus visitors a day who come to check out the latest equipment and products, learn something new and meet with friends and acquaintances they may not have seen for a while.

“One of the really great things about Ag Days is it’s a place where the whole agricultural industry gets together and talks about what has been happening the past year and what’s new for the year ahead and it’s like a sort of reunion,” says Ag Days co-chair Ryan Boyd.

This year’s show has an impressive lineup of speakers, including David Chilton, author of the Wealthy Barber, as well as over 500 displays and a number of special activities and features, including the ever-popular Bull Congress and Inventor’s Showcase.

The seminar rooms are usually full, and this year’s topics cover a lot of topical items like strategies for purchasing farmland and soybean production. With technology constantly changing, Ag Days is a place where producers can keep up with what’s new in animal and crop production and genetics, see the latest developments in equipment and even find out how to turn their smartphones into a farm tool. It’s a big reason why attendance breaks records every year.

“If you look at the dynamics of a decreasing agricultural population the fact that we are consistently able to hold our attendance at all-time highs is pretty significant and shows the strength of the program and the commitment of the whole agricultural industry to this event,” says Jonothon Roskos, Ag Days general manager. “Everyone is always really excited to attend Ag Days.”

Given that Ag Days is essentially about food production, it’s appropriate to kick things off with breakfast on Tuesday morning at 7:30 in the Roadhouse Inn at the Canad Inns, where you can get breakfast for $1 or you can choose to donate a few dollars more, with all proceeds going to Agriculture in the Classroom. And don’t miss the Manitoba Pork Council Cooking Demonstration on Wednesday at noon.

Everyone who attends Ag Days will come away with something different, whether it’s a new idea, some new friends or a shiny new combine. “Everyone is planning in the wintertime and Ag Days is the perfect venue to get some feedback on some of your ideas,” says co-chair, Scott Perkins. “The show is really just the canvas and the picture that’s painted is different for everyone.”

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