BISMARCK, N.D. – The 2019 KFYR Radio Agri International returns on Feb. 12-13 at the Bismarck Event Center for their 42nd year as one of the premiere midwinter agriculture showcases in the Midwest.
The show was originally created to show appreciation for the region’s farmers and ranchers, as well as to acknowledge the importance of agriculture to the economy. Once again, hundreds of agribusiness exhibits and numerous education and informational programs will be available to show goers.
The number of exhibitors has continued to increase every year due to the expansion of the Bismarck Event Center a few years back. This year’s Agri International is expected to be the largest event in the showcase’s history.
Sheryl Krogh, who has been involved with the KFYR Radio Agri International for over 25 years, is currently the account executive with iHeart Media, of which KFYR 550 AM is a station. She attributes the show’s continued success to its central location in the Bismarck area.
“The show continues to grow and we have a ton a great exhibitors,” she said. “Here in Bismarck we’re right in the heart of the state. We’re easy to get to and we draw a lot of people from the northern tier of South Dakota as well as eastern Montana. It’s also a very diverse area of the state where we have a lot of crops and livestock. I think Morton County is one of the largest counties in terms of cow/calf numbers in the state.”
Whether you’re a livestock producer or a grain farmer, Krogh says the KFYR Agri International has many things for your operation live at the show.
“We always say when our show hits it means spring is right around the corner,” she said. “We’ve been blessed with great weather, so it’s a great time to come into town and see what’s new. Especially for people who haven’t yet made their seed decisions for this year, because it’s still early, there are many opportunities for seed companies to reach a lot of different people here.”
The show’s year-to-year success has led to high percent retention rates of exhibitors annually.
“They go to all the shows and talk to other guys that our show is a good show,” said Krogh. “We’re continuously growing every year with more vendors. It’s a popular show that farmers make efforts to attend. They mark it on their calendars and make a point to come. I think the fact that it’s a two-day show lends itself for farmers and ranchers to make sure they come here.”
The Living Ag Classroom returns to the Agri International as one of the more popular features of the event. This will be the third consecutive year the Living Ag Classroom has been organized by Karla Meikle, NDSU 4-H Youth and Development Extension agent for Morton County.
Each year the Living Ag Classroom, which is open to the public, educates fourth grade students from around the region. The organizers partner with many agricultural organizations and commodity groups to put together the various displays and activities.
“It continues to grow and we’ve seen an influx of people from across the state,” said Krogh. “We have kids coming in from a 125-mile radius to learn how food is made. It’s ‘farm-to-fork.’ It’s a great educational program and we invite the public to go through it too. We actually have kids that are home schooled who are brought in to see it by their parents.”
The Farm Toy Show is also back for its 32nd year and this year a CIH 580 Stagger is going to be the toy show tractor for the Agri International.
“It’s always a perennial favorite for people who like seeing all the models of the different farming equipment,” said Krogh.
Exhibitors on the floor will showcase many different forms of agricultural products, from equipment to technology. The exhibits provide farmers and ranchers the opportunity to also meet with ag business people and get the newest information available.
“We have a ton of exhibitors ranging from livestock, to seed, to anything agronomy related,” said Krogh. “There’s just a whole range of different vendors that are coming from across the United States to showcases their product. We’ll have large equipment, as well as smaller pieces. From equipment to technology, everything a farmer or rancher could use will be exhibited at the KFYR Agri International this year.”
Attendees who are active in farming or ranching will have the chance to register at the Bobcat of Mandan booth for the opportunity to win up to 50 hours of use of a Bobcat ($7,000 value), a giveaway sponsored by KFYR Radio and Bobcat of Mandan.
Producers attending the show will also have the opportunity to meet with various seed dealers during both days of the event.
The KFYR Radio Agri International will also feature several popular seminars during the two-day event, discussing everything from land values to farm succession.
Admission and parking are free to those attending the KFYR Radio Agri International.