Western Farm Show
The Western Farm Show returns Feb. 22-24 to the American Royal complex in Kansas City, Mo. The 58th annual event boasts some 500 exhibitors and 400,000 square feet of exhibit space, featuring expansive displays of the newest technologies in equipment, farm structures, fertilizer, feed, seed, tools and much more.
For the past five years, MFA Incorporated has sponsored the show, which typically draws thousands of attendees.
The show kicks off on Friday, Feb. 22, with FFA Day. An expected 3,000 FFA students from Missouri and Kansas compete for bragging rights in the “Border War” food drive. Collections of non-perishable items are donated to Harvesters Community Food Network, a regional food bank serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. FFA Day is conducted each year in support of National FFA Week.
“In the past seven years, more than 31,000 pounds of food have been donated, enabling Harvesters to provide more than 25,000 meals,” said Ken Dean, Western Farm Show manager.
The Stockmanship and Stewardship Low-Stress Livestock Handling Demonstration, sponsored by MFA Incorporated, will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Scott Pavilion adjacent to the American Royal. The demonstrations are led by Dr. Ron Gill, Texas AgriLife Extension specialist, who has been providing technical expertise to livestock producers in beef cattle nutrition, management and livestock-handling techniques for more than 22 years.
MFA Incorporated will have four booths throughout the show demonstrating the latest in precision agriculture, farm supply and animal health and debuting products such as its new equine gastric health supplement, Easykeeper HDC.
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As in previous years, the Health and Safety Roundup will again be coordinated by the Missouri Farm Bureau, offering blood pressure, hearing and vision screenings at no cost, as well as cholesterol screenings for a nominal fee. Highway safety will be presented by the Missouri and Kansas Highway Patrols, while other organizations will offer displays and demonstrations covering such topics as gun safety, crime prevention, hazardous materials and grain bin safety.
Attendees who need a break from the trade show floor can shop for clothing, crafts, and food, health and home décor products in the Family Living Center, a special area on the upper level of the American Royal.
Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24. Adult tickets are $10 daily. Children ages 12 and under are free. A $3 off coupon is available by filling out a survey on the show’s website or visiting a participating dealer member of the Western Equipment Dealers Association.
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