MINOT, N.D. – Coming up on nearly 50 years since the show’s inception, the KMOT Ag Expo has grown to become one of the Midwest’s largest indoor farm shows, revealing the latest technological advancements in agriculture and showcasing larger than life iron-built farm machinery.
The 48th annual KMOT Ag Expo, one of the premier farming shows in the Upper Midwest, kicks off on Wednesday, Jan. 30 and will continue through Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at the State Fair Center on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot.
The Expo is taking place a week later this year to avoid conflicting with Manitoba Ag Days, Canada’s largest indoor ag show.
“That event is also a huge show and with how the calendar rotates, it happened to be on the same weekend as when our show fell, so we made the decision to move back a week to keep all of our vendors since a lot of the Canadian vendors come down here,” said Todd Telin, KMOT Ag Expo manager.
This year’s KMOT Ag Expo will feature approximately 1,050 booths with over 350 exhibitors, which are similar numbers to those of the past few shows.
“Everything is tailored to agriculture, and once again we are completely sold out,” said Telin. “This is a chance for our vendors and clients to get their new products out for 2019. They do quite a bit of business here, especially with people buying seed for the new year. Most importantly, everything here is ag related. A lot of other shows have some mom and pop stuff in there, but we keep it straight, 100 percent ag related, which is nice for our viewers in the area that come to the show.”
Telin says attendees can expect to see the latest and greatest in agriculture technology and equipment, along with several other exhibits that cover all areas of agriculture in Western North Dakota.
One thing that really separates the KMOT Ag Expo from other farm shows around the region, according to Telin, is that everything is under one roof.
“You can walk through that front door and see all 350 plus exhibitors without having to go outside,” he said. “We tag it as the second largest farm show in the U.S., and the largest in the Upper Midwest. We’re very fortunate to have the State Fair Center to have everything under one roof.”
The presence of vendors from six different states and two different countries offers show goers the opportunity to be exposed to products they otherwise not be able to see.
“If they have a product that nobody has around here, but they have it in Minnesota, these farmers get to see those products here,” he said. “It gives farmers opportunities to see a variety of equipment, seeds, chemicals and applicators. At the KMOT Ag Expo you’ll see every technology that’s out there.”
The KMOT Ag Expo’s informational seminars continue to be one of the most important aspects of the annual show for farmers and ranchers. This year’s Expo continues that tradition.
Seminars will be held in the Norsk Room in the upper level of the State Fair Center during all three days of the Expo, which will run from Jan. 30 through Feb. 1.
“The seminar room is full of informative seminars,” said Todd Telin, KMOT Ag Expo manager. “There are different seminars throughout the day, all day long. It’s nice for people that come to the show, and it allows them to take a break and take in some of the seminars and relax.”
Living Ag Classroom
One of the neater things associated with the KMOT Ag Expo, the Living Ag Classroom is back for another year of educating elementary age students about the process of production agriculture.
“The Living Ag Classroom is kind of a staple of the KMOT Ag Expo,” said Telin. “The kids come through and get the opportunity to see how their food goes from field to fork.”
Schools from around the area will be visiting the “classroom,” bringing an estimated 850 students to the Expo to learn about production agriculture.
The classroom will be located in the Carousel beneath the grandstand and is open to the public with sessions starting at 9 a.m., and running through 3 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 30 and Thursday, Jan. 31.
Parking and admission are free, and there is a heated shuttle bus to bring attendees from the parking lot to the front door of the KMOT Ag Expo. Upon arrival, attendees are invited to stop by the KMOT/Bremer Information Booth where official programs with exhibitor maps and listings are available.
Doors to the KMOT Ag Expo are open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Wednesday and Thursday), and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday.