The 53rd World Ag Expo Comes to A Close
Sunny skies, large crowds and optimistic attendees defined the 53rd edition of World Ag Expo. The world’s largest annual outdoor agricultural exposition came to a close on Thursday, February 13 and boasted 1,442 exhibitors on 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. The three-day show hosted 106,357 attendees representing 46 states, the District of Columbia and 56 countries
Exhibitors reported high traffic, quality leads and a well-organized event. First year exhibitor Agland Management Consulting, Inc. was in the Hemp Education & Marketing Pavilion and their team was pleased with their first trip to World Ag Expo.
“It was great. We’re excited hemp was part of the show. We got multiple good leads and will be working with new counties on regulations,” shared Josiah Thomas of Agland. “The second day was the best and the show was better than we could have imagined.”
Attendees came from all over the world to network and learn about the newest ag equipment, services and technology. More than 130 educational seminars, demonstrations and workshops were held over three days and covered a variety of topics ranging from irrigation to hemp, livestock to international trade.
“What a fantastic show!” said Jerry Sinift CEO of the International Agri-Center. “There were 124 international business matchmaking sessions, hemp was included as a new option for farmers, new products were launched – there are just so many good things to say. Our exhibitors step up their game every year and it creates an even better business platform for our attendees.”
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall kicked off opening day with a well-received speech and took a tour of his first World Ag Expo that focused on technology, the international flavor of the show, hemp and dairy.
Other popular attractions at the 2020 World Ag Expo included the Ride & Drive areas, Wine and Cheese, and the Demonstration Pavilion.
World Ag Expo To Guard Against Coronavirus
World Ag Expo is set to host attendees and exhibitors from across the country and around the world in just two weeks. Now they will also prepare to guard against the newest coronavirus emerging in China.
“The health and safety of everyone at our show is our top priority,” said Jerry Sinift, International Agri-Center® CEO. “We’re working with the right agencies to stay up-to-date on the status of coronavirus and how we can prevent the spread.”
Show officials are working with local, state and federal officials to monitor the situation and develop a plan on the show grounds. No government entity has suggested a change to the planned schedule.
“The HHSA Public Health branch is in close contact with the World Ag Expo in regards to health precautions all travelers and attendees need to be aware of. This includes precautions everyone should take at all times as this is also flu season. Precautions include hand washing, covering coughs, staying home if ill, and contacting a physician if symptoms arise. Travelers who become ill should contact the local health department where they are staying,” advised Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County Health Officer.
The Tulare County Health department website recommends the following precautions to guard against coronavirus:
- avoid contact with sick individuals
- wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- get a flu shot
Because washing hands with soap and water is one of the best defenses against illness, additional hand washing stations will be set up on World Ag Expo® grounds. For coronavirus updates, visit http://bit.ly/TCCoronaUpdate.
Show officials are also in contact with federal agencies monitoring international travelers. Show procedures will be updated as the situation dictates.
For a full schedule of events, more information about the show or to purchase tickets for the 2020 World Ag Expo®, visit www.WorldAgExpo.org.
World Ag Expo Adds Hemp Pavilion, International Ag Focus
By Tim Hammerich, Ag Information Network
The World Ag Expo in Tulare is just about a month away. Marketing Manager Jennifer Fawkes says the annual gathering is a great place for agriculture to show off its latest technology, and for the general public to better understand where their food comes from.
“Some of it’s new and some of it’s, of course, the stuff that we’re always excited about: steak sandwiches, cool tractors, new trucks, new technology, and just different things to help any operation in any way they can think of,” said Fawkes.
“But it’s also the new things. We have a hemp pavilion that is one of the hot topics in ag, so we decided it’s time to dedicate some space for that now that it’s really legal and legal federally,” she said. “We want to make sure that people have access to great education and new information. We’re also excited, we have a little bit of a refocus on international starting this year. We’re doing a lot of work with you as commercial service to do some matchmaking. So if there’s folks out there that need some help with any international trade or buying from someone internationally, we’ve got help for you,” said Fawkes.
With 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, there is almost certainly something for everyone. Buy tickets online in advance for a $3 discount using the code WAE20 or just show up and purchase them at the door. The event is rain or shine February 11th – 13th.
Hemp Innovation Challenge to Premier at 2020 World Ag Expo
Exhibitors Said There Were Good Crowds at World Ag Expo
World Ag Expo Seminar: Asian Citrus Psyllid and Huanglongbing – Regulatory Compliance Update and Treatment Protocol
If you’re attending the World Ag Expo, the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program encourages you to attend a seminar on Feb. 13 to learn about regulatory protocols relating to Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing quarantines, the proper mitigation requirements for transportation of bulk citrus, and recommended treatment options for ACP in commercial citrus groves and residential citrus trees from industry experts.
During the seminar, Keith Okasaki of the California Department of Food and Agriculture will discuss the regulatory protocols for moving bulk citrus fruit in the state of California. Dr. Beth Grafton-Cardwell will discuss the University of California’s recommended treatment options for suppressing and controlling the Asian citrus psyllid in commercial citrus groves and residential citrus trees.
This seminar is free to attend with a World Ag Expo attendee ticket or exhibitor pass.
Asian Citrus Psyllid and Huanglongbing – Regulatory Compliance Update and Treatment Protocols Seminar
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Noon – 1 p.m.
Seminar Trailer 1 in the Seminar Center
The Seminar Center is near South Gate 15, at the corner of U Street and Expo Lane.
UC Davis Engineers, Economists, Advisors gather at World Ag Expo
By Diane Nelson, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences dean’s office
UC Davis specialists in everything from grapes to livestock to irrigation management will join staff and students at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, February 13-15, to chat with farmers, prospective students, alumni and leaders throughout the agricultural industry.
More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the 51st annual event, where 1,500 exhibitors display cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment over a massive 2.6 million square feet of show grounds.
“We’re thrilled to be taking part in this incredible agricultural exhibition and reconnecting with alumni from the Central Valley and beyond,” said Sue Ebeler, an associate dean for the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and professor of viticulture and enology. “Faculty will be in town and available to discuss current agricultural research and our Aggie Ambassadors can answer questions about our majors and campus life.”
The UC Davis team will be located in the World Ag Women’s Pavilion. In addition to Professor Ebeler, dean of undergraduate academic programs for the college, seven faculty experts will attend portions of the three-day event. They include:
- Rachel Goodhue, professor and chair of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics,
- Deanne Meyer, Cooperative Extension specialist in livestock waste management,
- Samuel Sandoval Solis, associate Cooperative Extension specialist in water management,
- Ali Pourreza, assistant Cooperative Extension specialist in agricultural mechanization and precision agriculture,
- Matt Fidelibus, Cooperative Extension specialist in grape production
- Anna Denicol, assistant professor and veterinarian who specializes in reproductive biology, and
- Jeff Mitchell, Cooperative Extension specialist in conservation agriculture.
UC Davis is ranked number 1 in the nation for agriculture, plant sciences, animal science and agricultural economics. The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences enrolled more than 2,000 new students in the fall of 2017, many of them from California’s Central Valley. The college offers 29 majors—everything from agriculture to nutrition to global disease biology.
“Prospective students can learn about all our majors and the career paths they provide,” Ebeler said. “At the World Ag Expo, we get to meet with agricultural leaders from around the world, as well as so many passionate young people who will become tomorrow’s leaders.”
Diane Nelson, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences dean’s office, 530-752-1969, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Ebeler, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences dean’s office, 530-752-7150, email@example.com
The 48th Annual World Ag Expo officially kicked off at 9:00 a.m. this morning.
The largest annual agricultural exposition of its kind, World Ag Expo touts more than 1,500 exhibitors who display cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of show grounds. An estimated average of 100,000 individuals from 70 countries attend the show each year to learn about the latest advances in agriculture.
More than 35 seminars are offered in beef, dairy, hay and forage, international trade, irrigation and general agriculture categories. Seminars presented by professionals in the industry provide attendees with valuable information to improve their operations.
“From the locally-focused ag tours to the international attendees, World Ag Expo strives to live up to its name every year,” says Jerry Sinift, International Agri-Center’s chief executive officer. “Even as we grow and change, we remain grounded in the idea that agriculture is an invaluable asset to our communities and to the growing world. We’re here to be a consistent part of that through educational seminars and bringing in quality exhibitors for serious buyers.”
Live webcams of World Ag Expo’s show grounds, powered by Axis Communications, Valley Ag Software and HD Relay, can be viewed online at www.WorldAgExpo.org/live-
World Ag Expo attendees can get the latest news, information and updates about the show by downloading the new 2015 mobile app. The free app provides mobile access to the schedule of events, an exhibitor directory, map of the show grounds and other visitor resources. The app is available for download by visiting your app store and searching for “World Ag Expo 2015.”
For a full schedule of events, more information about the show or to purchase tickets for World Ag Expo 2015, visit www.WorldAgExpo.org.
Eighth Year for “We Believe in Growing” Scholarships
World Ag Expo and E.M. Tharp, Inc. have teamed up for the eighth year to provide the “We Believe in Growing” scholarship which supports local high school students who will be attending four-year universities to major in an agricultural field. This year’s winners, Angelica Fernandes and Emily Babcock, will each receive $2,500 scholarships to be renewed up to four years, totaling $10,000 per student.
“Agriculture has many aspects–and education is a large part of that,” said Casey Tharp, E.M. Tharp, Inc. “We at E.M. Tharp are proud to be a part of that future by giving these students new opportunities to build on an already solid background in agriculture.”
Angelica Fernandes, a student at Tulare Union High School, plans to study agriculture education at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo this coming fall. She is a Tulare FFA Chapter Officer, participates on the Tulare FFA Dairy Show Team, and is involved in her Associated Student Body as an Academic Commissioner.
“It’s a huge honor to be awarded this scholarship and I couldn’t be happier!” said Fernandes. “I’m looking forward to my future in ag education–this scholarship will be very beneficial for me. Thank you to everyone at E.M. Tharp.”
Emily Babcock, a student at Porterville High School, plans to study agricultural business at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She has been a 4-H Mentor for four years, and is currently the president of the Porterville FFA, and FFA sectional vice-president.
“It has always been my dream to attend Cal Poly and major in ag business to prepare myself for a career that will have an impact on the agriculture industry,” said Babcock, “I feel extremely grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship and blessed to live in a community that provides opportunities like these for students.”
To be considered for the scholarship, students from across the Central Valley submitted letters of recommendation, high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores and must be graduating from high school during the 2014-2015 school year. The winners will be recognized at World Ag Expo’s media day on Monday, February 9, 2015.