OWATONNA, Minn. – It is another sold out show for vendors this year at the North American Farm and Power show. Held March 14, 15 and 16, the NAFPS is a free trade show complete with seminars and training at the Steele County Fairgrounds – Four Seasons Centre.
“We have got 170 companies filling in about 310 booths,” said Brock Nelson, show director with Tradexpos, during a recent phone interview. “We have sold out both buildings and some of the outside lots.”
Of those vendors, about 10 percent of them will be new to the NAFPS this year. Approximately 36 new companies have signed up for the event.
“About 20 percent of those new booths would be in the construction industry, so if you are looking to improve your farm buildings or build something new, we have something for you,” said Nelson.
The solar industry will also be represented at the event. Several of the new booths are different companies that focus on installing solar panels on agriculture operations and work to cut farmers’ energy costs.
As is tradition, the Minnesota FFA will hold a silent auction all three days. This is a great opportunity for people to donate to FFA and take home some awesome prizes. The auction closes at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Throughout the three days, the upstairs classroom, above the trade show, has a full schedule of seminars and talks.
Starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 14, the Linder Farm Network will be sponsoring a farm succession planning session. That is followed by a University of Minnesota sponsored discussion on cover crops in the afternoon.
The University also sponsors Friday’s sessions. It starts with their Nitrogen Smart session in the morning, looking at the nitrogen cycle and answering farmers questions about this season’s fertilizer applications.
The afternoon session on Friday will focus on manure applications, current issues in manure management and training for commercial agriculture waste technicians. They will cover topics including updates to DOT and CAWT regulations, applications in extreme weather and manure gas safety.
On Saturday, the Southern Minnesota Irrigators Association will hold their annual meeting.
That will be followed by a presentation by Saddle Butte Ag featuring TJ Kartes and Tom Cotter. They will be discussing different cover crops that work well in Minnesota.
The event concludes with the drawing for the grand prizes.
“Two prizes again this year that you can register for,” he said. “Sponsored by Miners Outdoor and Rec, there is a Husqvarna 455 Rancher, 18-inch chainsaw prize package.”
Then, sponsored by Tradexpos and Kibble Equipment, they will be giving away a John Deere E110 riding lawnmower.
The drawing will be held at 3:30, Saturday afternoon. Attendees do not need to be present at the time of the drawing to win.
Full event information can be found online at tradexpos.com. The trade show opens at 9 a.m. each day and closes at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The event ends at 4 p.m. Saturday.
“We will have latest and greatest in ag technology,” said Nelson. “Come and look how to improve your farm.”