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Show Prep Ahead

We're less than a week from the 2010 Farm Progress Show and I'm excited. I know there's a pile of new equipment that'll be on hand; and new technology from seed and crop protection companies we'll want to know more about.

We've already covered the Agco Super 7 launch on the Web, and next week you'll see even more new equipment profiled online. And if you're headed to the show plan on catching those tools there. The website has plenty of tools for helping you find your way there and around the site. In addition, you can actually map your way around the show by product brands or categories to make the most of your visit to our 100-acre Tent City.

And if you want to connect with an editor or two from Farm Progress you can do that at the Wallaces Farmer Hospitality Tent at Sixth and Central. It's a great place to stop by, get information, register for prizes and take a load off during all that show walking. Editors are on hand in the exhibit all day.

In addition, editors and Farm Progress folks are around the show site. Max Armstrong - newest member of our team - will be on hand in the Pioneer Exhibit at Lot 734 off 6th and Central (opposite that Hospitality Tent) each morning at 10 a.m. Max will be emcee-ing sessions each day with special guests ranging from Iowa State's Elwin Taylor to Chef Baggs (who cooks with Plenish soybean oil).

And Max will be joined by Orion Samuelson at the ADM exhibit each day at Noon for their show. It's a good time with information, interviews and music - you'll want to make plans to stop by and enjoy.

Yours truly will also be on hand in the Pioneer exhibit on Tuesday and Wednesday at 11 a.m. each day - hosting an hour of the show Tuesday and a shorter session on Wednesday. Stop by to listen in (Lot #734) there's going to be some interesting information from each of these sessions.

Tweet up

For those of you who follow me on Twitter - Willie1701a - join me for a Tweet Up and a special Social Media & the Farm discussion. This event - sponsored by Slingshot by Raven - takes place at the VIP tent across from the show office on the south end of 6th Street. You have to sign up at the Hospitality Tent (and be sure to do that) then come on down Tuesday or Wednesday at 2 p.m.

We'll start with a Tweet Up where you can put a face with a name of people you might be following on the Web. It's a fun time to interact (and there will be refreshments); then we'll have a program about how Facebook, Twitter and other tools can be used on your farm for everything from employee communication to landowner relations. That presentation will be followed by an in-depth look at Slingshot by Raven - it's a new kind of precision ag tool I think you'll find interesting.

So plan on stopping by either Tuesday or Wednesday.

And on Thursday - in the Monsanto Auditorium - I'll be hosting a discussion on precision technologies with representatives from Deere, SST, Raven, Monsanto and the farm (yes we'll have a farmer on hand too). That starts at 11:30 a.m. in the Monsanto exhibit area. Should be a lively discussion - so if you visit the show Thursday, plan on being on hand.

And follow this blog next week, I'm going to try to post regularly to update you on links from the show site, news and other tidbits of information we pick up at the event. There's going to be plenty to see and learn about at the show. So check back starting Monday and we'll update regularly. And if you're at the show, say hello!

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