Farmers and ranchers across the Midwest have the opportunity to attend the second largest indoor farm show in the country this coming week. The Nebraska Power Farming Show, held at the Lancaster Events Center in Lincoln, Neb., offers more than nine acres of displays for attendees to browse.
“The goal each year is to give attendees a powerful experience, where they’re able to see and touch the best and biggest products, and to speak with experts from a variety of companies and organizations to learn about the latest trends and innovations in farming and agriculture. We’re confident the 2012 show will provide the most powerful experience yet,” said Show Co-Director Will Rogers.
The show, held December 4-6, 2012, is in its sixth, and biggest year. “The Nebraska Power Farming Show is quickly becoming a destination for farmers and ranchers due to the quality of displays and the continued expansion of the show. We know farmers want to see farm equipment displays, so that is our main focus. Pavilion 3 will allow us to add more equipment displays and livestock handling equipment,” said Tom Junge, Show Co-Director.
Rogers added, “The show’s timing in early December makes it a favorite among farmers and ranchers who are looking to make year-end tax-planning purchases or pre-book for the upcoming spring.”
There are now 905 companies and brands registered that will be traveling to Lincoln from 23 states and four Canadian providences. “Our goal is to have the most diverse lineup of exhibitors of any indoor farm show in America,” said Junge. “Each year we receive interest from hundreds of ag companies and organizations, and we invite those who are capable of bringing something new and exciting to the show. Fortunately we have plenty of space available, so we can continue to add exhibitors and create a more powerful experience for attendees.”
Those attendees will have access to over 2,100 booths, including those of 129 new exhibitors, spread out across five exhibit buildings with 9.2 acres of indoor displays. The show is 25 percent larger than the 2011 show.
A fifth building was added this year. “Pavilion 3 will add 73,000 square feet of exhibit space and a 12,000 square foot food court to the show. The show occupied 315,000 square feet of exhibit space in 2011. With this addition, the Nebraska Power Farming Show will become the second largest indoor farm show in the United States,” says Junge.
In addition to the booths, attendees will also have the opportunity to attend a number of educational seminars. There are 21 seminars scheduled to take place over three days, with experts slated to cover a bevy of topics that farmers should know about heading into 2013.
“This year’s slate of seminars will help educate growers about industry and market trends, emerging opportunities and technologies, and rising challenges that farmers will face in the coming years,” said Junge. “There will be powerful insights from some of the top minds in agriculture, and we encourage show attendees to take advantage of the many educational opportunities.”
It all starts Tuesday, December 4, with seminars like “Saving the Family Farm,” “Why Market Analysts Are Always Wrong!” and “Successful Farm Transitions — What It Takes!”
Wednesday’s sessions include “Farm Programs and Crop Insurance for 2013” and a panel discussion about “The Future of Energy in Farm and Agricultural Production.”
Things round out on Thursday with “Energy Myths and Facts,” “What’s Happening in the Commodity Markets” and “Conducting On-Farm Research Using Your Own Machinery.”
These seminars will allow the attendees to understand the issues that they will face in the coming years, and how to handle those issues. This year the show also added parking attendants, and a shuttle bus to transport people to the entrances.
For the first time, exhibitors are letting attendees know their show specials in advance of the show by promoting them in the show program.
“The Nebraska Power Farming Show is the show to attend for year-end buying specials, there’s no doubt about it,” Rogers said. “Folks travel from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and surrounding states because they’ve heard the best buying specials can be found in Nebraska. They get to Lincoln and find out it’s absolutely true. Just as they come looking to buy, these companies are looking to sell. It creates a really exciting atmosphere for both sides.”
The Nebraska Power Farming Show is produced by the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association in conjunction with local Nebraska farm equipment dealers and sponsored in part by Midwest Producer, Midwest Messenger, KRVN/KTIC Radio, Bayer CropScience, Farm Credit Services of America, Stine Seed and the Stewart-Peterson Group. ❖