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53rd edition of the Western Farm Show

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Nearly everything an agribusiness professional would need or want

The 53rd annual Western Farm Show opened Friday at the American Royal Complex, featuring more than 500 exhibitors plus activities for 3,000 FFA students from Missouri and Kansas. (kansascity.com)

by John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau   |   March 3,2014

Billed as, Nearly everything an agribusiness professional would need or want, this year’s 53rd edition of the Western Farm Show lived up to its slogan. More than 20,000 farmers, ranchers, school children, FFA youngsters and urbanites attended the three-day event at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City.

Farmers and ranchers spent hours walking around the 400,000 square feet of displays of machinery, buildings, livestock equipment, tools, feed and seed among the more than 500 exhibits.

Veteran Douglas County farmer Rex Slankard has been coming to this farm show since it started in 1961. Like so many of his peers, he attends the annual event to walk around and see what’s new.

Slankard likes to compare the equipment and machinery to what he farms with. He’s seen plenty of changes in agriculture and farm machinery during the last 50 years.

“Everything is getting to be so much about computer technology in farming today,” Slankard says. “I’m getting too old for it. I’ve got to bring my grandson along to figure the computers out.”

All kidding aside, the veteran producer believes farming is better with the new technology. Today’s equipment lasts longer and is more dependable.  READ MORE

 

 

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