Agricultural producers from across the state and around the region will once again have the opportunity to learn about the newest advancements in technology, equipment and production methods as well as take in informative exhibits covering numerous agricultural topics when the 38th annual KMOT Ag Expo opens Wednesday.
The Ag Expo is scheduled to run through Friday. More than 350 exhibitors will present information pertaining to nearly every aspect of agriculture to the more than 30,000 people anticipated to attend. Held in the All Seasons Arena, the event is free and open to the public. A heated shuttle bus will be available to take people directly to the front door from the parking lots as well as to Dakota Square Mall.
Aside from the exhibits, numerous area businesses and agricultural organizations will present seminars throughout the three-day event addressing a variety of agricultural issues, including crop insurance, land values, marketing strategies, equipment productivity and plant protection products.
For the younger audience, the Living Ag Classroom will again teach schoolchildren about how their food gets from the field to grocery store shelves and finally the dinner plate. Located in the upper atrium, the Classroom will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.
While learning about how to make a farm or ranch more efficient and profitable, the North Dakota Living Magazine is encouraging Expo attendees to check their own health by sponsoring health screenings conducted by Trinity Health staff. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, participants will have the opportunity to have their blood pressure and blood glucose checked free-of-charge and can have a cholesterol screening done for a small fee.
Accompanying the event is the 24th annual livestock show, which will run Thursday through Saturday and will feature $30,000 in cash and prizes for best exhibitor, people's choice, the 11 breed shows and numerous specialty shows on the adult and youth level. The last day of the Livestock Expo will feature the youth-centered Premiere Steer Show and Junior Heifer Show.