Billed as the third-largest indoor U.S. farm show, the 2019 Iowa Power Farming Show will take place Jan. 29-31 in downtown Des Moines. The three-day show will feature 740 companies representing 58 product and service categories, giving farmers a look at new products, services, information and equipment to help increase profits, lower input costs and improve productivity.
Cindy Feldman, marketing director for the show, says it features the broadest mix of ag-related products and services found in the Midwest. Spread across nearly 8 acres, the show is produced by the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association in conjunction with local farm equipment dealerships in the two states. Show highlights during the three days, she says, will include:
• Ag Innovation pitch competition will be 2:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in HyVee Hall. You’ll be able to watch six ag tech startups pitch their latest ideas to help farmers manage their farming operations more effectively. A $20,000 grand prize will be awarded.
• Yamaha’s RMAX, an unmanned copter sprayer, will be displayed in the lower level of HyVee Hall.
• A total of 33 nutrient companies will offer information about nutrient management and products to maximize plant uptake and minimize field losses.
• “FarmHer” is at the show this year. Filming its third season on RFD-TV, “FarmHer” has become the second-highest rated RFD-TV rural lifestyle show. It earned an award in 2017 for the best family-focused reality series.
• A total of 78 new exhibitors will be at the show, including 40 on the lower level of HyVee Hall.
The AgTech Innovation Competition is presented by Farm Credit Services in collaboration with Crop Risk Service, Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association, AgStartup Engine and AgLaunch.
Ag Tech startups compete
The AgTech Competition on Jan. 30 will be held live. It will feature five ag tech startups explaining their ideas to the audience and to the judges. Show attendees can watch these ag tech innovators compete, in the area just inside the east entrance doors of HyVee Hall.
Here’s what you’ll see:
• AgVend allows farmers to purchase crop production inputs and services online directly from trusted ag retailers in their community.
• FarrPro creates energy-efficient and effective piglet heating solutions.
• Rabbit Tractors builds autonomous, mobile, multi-purpose, swarm-capable and high-ground clearance farm production tractors for preharvest activities.
• Rantizo creates a targeted drone spraying platform that uses electrostatic technology to safely and precisely deliver cartridge-dispensed ag chemicals when and where they are needed.
• SwineTech uses artificial intelligence and sensor-based technology to reduce pig deaths.
Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 29-30, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 31. Parking and shuttle are free at the Iowa-Cubs Principal Park. Farmers may register at iowapowershow.com to save $5 off the $8 admission.