Thursday, 08 March 2018 06:41

2018 South Country Co-op Ag-Expo a success

Written by  Demi Knight
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The 2018 South Country Co-op Ag-Expo was unveiled in southwest Alberta last week, equipped with the latest in agriculture technology, equipment and supplies for all to see.

On Feb. 28 until March 2 at the Exhibition Park in Lethbridge, the massive ag-expo brought with it the North American seed fair and trade show with countless exhibitors showing products that affect and improve agriculture production.
“This Ag Expo is important to the community and region because it’s what our area is — farming,” says Doug Kryzanowski, Media and Events Manager at the Exhibition Park. “This is an important economic gain for our area.”
Presented by Farm Credit Canada and Fortis Alberta North American Seed Fair, the Ag-Expo has been a staple event to southern Alberta, and one of Exhibition Park’s largest events for many years now, and has grown.
First established in 1897, the Seed Fair alone marked the humble beginnings to the now grand exhibition, and has spent many years growing and evolving reaching a massive magnitude and reach that the event holds today. This year in the confines of 150,000 sq. ft of space.
Transitioning throughout time to house more producers, equipment and products than before, the Ag-Expo has always stayed true to its goal of helping propel the agricultural industry into better success with new innovations, top of the line equipment and farming seeds and products for all professionals within the industry to see.
“Over the years, both the seed fair and ag-expo have become the ‘Grand Daddy’ of ag shows,” added Kryzanowski on the reasons for the event’s success.
“They are the only ag shows north of Great Falls Montana, south of Red Deer, east of Cranbrook, BC and west of Saskatoon and given that geography area, it is why it boasts of being one of the biggest ag shows in Western Canada.”
With this year’s event seeing over 350 exhibitors from across the whole of Canada and northern Montana, all those in attendance were able to wander through the facility to sample, observe and learn more about everything from farm equipment, livestock supplies, irrigation equipment, chemicals, seeds, feed, producers, new technology and more.
However, it wasn’t only the trade show that attendees were raving about this year, but also the annual seed fair where over 25 different classes of pedigree seed, open classes and junior classes were displayed.  Judges were in attendance to assess the products from southern Alberta.
“We are the only show, I believe, in North America that actually does judging for the seeds and the grains,” says Kryzanowski, “I think it’s important to recognize the importance of seeds and where our  food does come from.”
With so much offered indoors, the added 150,000 square feet of outdoor equipment that was on display was an bonus that this year's 20,000 attendees could explore at this year’s event.
With organizers calling South Country Co-op Ag-Expo a success once again, they only hope to keep offering improvements for the agriculture industry in the years to come.

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