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Spokane AgShow Spotlights Local Agriculture Industry

Show Takes Place Feb 7-9 at the Spokane Convention Center

Did you know the playing surface of a football field is about an acre? Just under 2.3 million football fields of wheat alone were harvested in Eastern Washington in 2022. This is just one of Washington States valuable 300 agriculture commodities. 

Agriculture is big in our region. It has an economic impact of over $49 billion annually and employs approximately 140,000 workers on more than 35,000 farms. 

It’s no wonder the Spokane region hosts the Northwest’s largest agriculture tradeshow focusing on the wheat, grain, pulse, and cattle sectors. The Spokane Ag Show takes place February 7-9 at the Spokane Convention Center. This three-day event brings together ag professionals from across the Northwest to meet, learn, and grow. It will host over 200 exhibitors and is expected to have 5,500 attendees. Ag professionals will gain valuable information from experts focusing on industry changes and technology.

This year’s show will feature keynote sessions from weatherman Dr. Art Douglas, and Randy Fortenbery, who will give an agriculture economic update. 44 professional development sessions will be presented including nine pesticide recertification courses for Washington, Idaho and CCA (Certified Crop Advisors). 

Also included is Future Farmers of America (FFA) day which brings 800 – 1000 regional students on February 9. FFA Day will host a panel of agriculture professionals presenting “Farming is More than Dirty Boots.” The panelists are Lloyd Campbell, vice-president of Skagit Farmers Supply, Tim Cobb, partner/owner, farm manager and broker, Farmland Company, John Bartels, commercial team lead and senior vice president of Columbia Bank, and Mary Palmer Sullivan, vice president of Washington Grain Commission.

Immediately following the keynote session, a Career Fair will connect high school students with business careers in agriculture.  There is a tremendous opportunity and need in the agriculture industry for employees with a business background who wish to specialize in this field.  

Get your tickets today by visiting Agshow.org. Early bird tickets are available when using the promo code “agshow23.”

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