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39th Annual Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum Takes Place February 2-4

Agribusiness is big in our region and throughout the state of Washington. Did you know that our state’s $49 billion food and agriculture industry produces approximately 300 different crops and employs 160,000 individuals? Agriculture is truly the cornerstone of Washington State’s economy and will be showcased at next week’s Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

The show, which will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the newly expanded Spokane Convention Center Complex, is the largest farm machinery show in the Inland Northwest. The show will host 300 exhibitors and conduct 36 educational seminars and forums relating to agri-business, from large-scale operations to small acreage farms and ranches. Exhibitors will range from large farm equipment manufacturers and service providers to businesses catering to small acreage and part-time farmers. Every foot of the new 120,000 square foot exhibit will be ready to welcome over 5,000 visitors to the show.

The show is organized each year with direction by the Ag Expo Board of Directors, Pacific Northwest Farm Forum, Greater Spokane Incorporated’s (GSI) Agribusiness Committee, and GSI staff member Myrna O’Leary, manager of Agribusiness and director of Ag Expo. More than 140 volunteers also support the show.

In addition, show partner Pacific Northwest Farm Forum, will be hosting 36 educational seminars ranging across a wide spectrum of current topics of interest to both full-time and part-time farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers.

Here’s a lineup of just some of the events taking place at the show:

  • Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. – Dr. Art Douglas, retired Professor Emeritus, Atmospheric Science Department, Creighton University, presents his “2016 Forecast for Weather Conditions in the Pacific Northwest” and “The Impact of Climate Change”.
  • Tuesday morning open – Ag Expo will announce the winners in the annual ‘Excellence in Agriculture’
  • Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. – YouTube sensation – Peterson Farm Brothers will be in the Convention Center’s Main Ballroom.
  • Wednesday at 9:30 – Professor Randy Fortenbery, the Thomas B. Mick Endowed Chair in the WSU School of Economic Sciences will share his thoughts on an “Agriculture Economic Forecast”.

Attend
Free parking is available at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena Parking Lot with free, round-trip shuttle bus service to and from the Spokane Convention Center Complex. Spokane Ag Expo is open to the public on Tuesday, February 2 and Wednesday, February 3 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and on the final day of the show, Thursday, February 4 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information and all of the details visit the 2016 Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific NW Farm Forum website at AgShow.org.

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