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Spokane Ag Expo a destination for those using smaller farm equipment

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Though larger farm equipment is still being shown, farmers who run smaller outfits still have things to see at the Spokane Ag Expo.
Though larger farm equipment is still being shown, farmers who run smaller outfits still have things to see at the Spokane Ag Expo.

Many farm equipment shows showcase larger pieces of equipment, though some are also featuring pieces that may interest those who work smaller amounts of land.

Such is the case with the Spokane Ag Expo, which was recently featured in Washington's Spokesman-Review. According to the paper, the show has become a popular destination for farmers who may engage in smaller operations that necessitate smaller pieces of agricultural equipment.

"There's no doubt we intend to talk to lots of people with smaller farms," farm equipment dealer Lance Repp told the paper.

Along with smaller pieces of farm equipment, the expo will have displays on weed control and strategies for raising smaller amounts of livestock.

A turn to smaller, more regionally based farming has also been the focus of programs put forward by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For example, the Know Your Farmer Know Your Food program is an attempt by the USDA to connect small- and medium-sized farms with members of their area.

The program also encourages people to shop for produce locally through farmers markets, which will help support the local agricultural economy.
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