The 2016 Minnesota Farmfest has officially kicked off in Redwood Falls, Minn., and it will continue on through Aug. 4. The event begins at 8 a.m. every day and features several exhibitions, demonstrations and agriculture equipment on display.
"We have equipment; we have technology,” said Ray Bianchi, senior director, expositions and events, for the American Farm Bureau Federation and IDEAg Group.
“We have a full education program. We’re doing this year not only congressional debates, but we’re also doing an ag innovators day which is focused on young people. We’re also doing various other things focused on new technologies for ag and we have the only show in the Midwest now that has a full seed plot program. So all of that really gives farmers and ranchers something to learn on our show site."
Several political and agricultural leaders are on hand to speak throughout the event. Aug. 2 has also been deemed “Ag Innovators’ Day,” while Aug. 4 has been titled, “Minnesota Farm Family Day.” On the final day of the event, the University of Minnesota will recognize farm families that have contributed to their local communities and the ag industry.
The panel discussions and sessions address topics including weather, grain marketing, sustainability, and vehicle inspections.
Tickets cost $8 online for one-day admission to the event, or $12 at the gate. There will be approximately 500 exhibitors on hand to engage with attendees throughout the annual event.