The International Agri-center in Tulare, Calif. announced this morning that the 2021 World Ag Expo is cancelled after the board of directors there voted to shutter the event for the first time in its 52-year history. The ongoing government restrictions related to COVID-19 are to blame.
“After working with the Tulare County Health Department and other officials, it has become evident that given health and safety restrictions from the State of California, holding a live, international event is not responsible in February,” said Jerry Sinift, International Agri-Center chief executive officer, in a prepared statement posted online.
World Ag Expo (WAE) officials had previously indicated a decision whether to hold or cancel the event would be made in November as that is when tent vendors and others who supply goods and services to the annual agricultural exposition would need to be ordered.
The decision was finalized ahead of the November deadline to give exhibitors, contractors, and others time to adjust their plans.
The 2022 World Ag Expo is scheduled for Feb. 8-10 in Tulare, Calif.