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Farm shows, travel and ag tech

Farm shows, travel and ag tech
Farm machinery shows aren't just popular in the United States, Germany is a hot stop too.

Agricultural equipment is always a hot topic. Farmers like to see what's new even if they're not planning to buy right way. That's true around the world. And while I've been going to farm shows for quite some time (not as long as many of you dear reader, but long enough) seldom do I venture out of the country.

That changes next week. I'm heading to Hannover, Germany to cover Agritechnica. It's a big event spread through more than a dozen exhibition buildings at Hannover Faire, a giant facility. And the companies that exhibit come from around the world.

FARM TECH: The international ag trade show - Agritechnica - kicks off next week and we'll be joining the crowd. (Photo: Agritechnica)

They don't do trade shows in Europe like we do in the United States. First off, the big shows - like Agritechnica and Sima - are held every other year. And these are major events where not only are companies exhibiting their best but they're making deals with extensive face-to-face meetings.

For you veteran U.S. show visitors who attend Farm Progress Show, Husker Harvest Days, Hay Expo or the New York Farm Show, I'll try to bring some of the Hannover experience to you next week. I'm hoping to do some blogging from the big event a few times next week here in Farmer Iron. I'll offer up photos from the event, and perhaps the occasional video I snag with my iPhone to give you an impression of the event.

It's big and exhibitors go all out with their indoor displays in ways I hope I can show you to give you a feel for the event. And if you're heading over to Germany yourself, share your thoughts, impressions in the comment area below.

This is a big event and I hope I can convey the scope and uniqueness of a European show for you. And I'll show you how familiar U.S. names exhibit at this global show. Check back next week to find out what I'm seeing. And you can follow my travels on Twitter at

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