"The ongoing covid-19 pandemic claimed two more agricultural-related events on Monday. For the first time, events slated for early 2021 were canceled," Russ Quinn


for DTN/The Progressive Farmer. "The 2021 National Western Stock Show and 2021 World Ag Expo were both canceled due to health and safety restrictions. The events were called off as organizers of both shows said they were not able to figure out plans to allow for large crowds and still follow local and state health and safety restrictions, according to separate news releases."

The NWSS will resume Jan. 8-23, 2022, in its normal home of Denver,

according to

event organizers. They considered holding a modified show with a reduced capacity, but couldn't figure out a way to do it safely. They note that the event draws more than 700,000 attendees and had an economic impact of nearly $120 million in the month of the show alone.

The cancellation of the World Ag Expo will be the first in the event's 52-year history, organizers

said in a press release

. It is scheduled to resume Feb. 8-10, 2022, in Tulare, California.

Read more here for a list of many North American agriculture events that have been canceled because of the pandemic, including the Calgary Stampede, the World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin, the World Pork Expo in Iowa, and at least a dozen state fairs.