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This year’s don’t-miss exhibit at the Farm Progress Show: FBi Buildings will show off its new construction process, raising and lowering a pole barn, throughout the show.

Holly Spangler, Senior Editor, Prairie Farmer

June 8, 2021

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WHAT’S NEW: Looking for something new at the Farm Progress Show? National Shows Director Matt Jungmann says you’ll want to check out the FBi Buildings exhibit, where the company will be constructing — and deconstructing — a new ag shop every day throughout the show. Holly Spangler

A lot of people come to the Farm Progress Show to see something they’ve never seen before. Matt Jungmann, national shows director, says this year, those folks need to check out the FBi Buildings exhibit.

All day for three days, the company will be raising and lowering a new building using its Qlyft system for constructing pole buildings.

The system uses hydraulic cylinders, I-beams, scissors-lift technology and safety nets to allow the crew to assemble a complete roof on the ground, build and attach the wall frames with hinges, and then raise the whole structure into place hydraulically — all in about 15 minutes.

“This is the biggest innovation in pole building since the pole,” Jungmann says. “It’s a totally different way to construct the pole building. I’m thinking this will be one of the can’t-miss things of the show in 2021.”

Located on the southwest corner of the exhibit field, the building being constructing — and deconstructed — will be the future farm shop for Richland Community College’s ag program.

“It’s going to put a good foundation together for Richland, which is exciting in the long run. We have a great partnership between FBi, Richland and the Farm Progress Show,” Jungmann adds. “There’s just more potential when you have an ag program right there at the show site.”

FBi pioneered the new construction process with a couple of ideas in mind. First, it makes for a better-quality building with a longer lifespan. Walls are built laying out beside the building, hinged to the roof. Wiring and gutters are all installed on the ground. Second, it’s safer for the folks constructing the building. No one’s climbing in the rafters or installing tin on top of a tall roof. The building is also less vulnerable to weather during construction.

Out in the field

Jungmann reports the 300 acres of field demonstration corn are in great shape and getting nice rains. He says to look for autonomous demos in each area, including harvest, tillage and spraying.

“More and more autonomous companies are showing up, including Raven,” he adds.

Jungmann is also optimistic about how visitors will experience the show as COVID-19 restrictions continue to fade into the rearview mirror. Illinois entered the bridge phase, also known as Phase 4.5, in mid-May, which increased capacities for outdoor venues, and may well be in Phase 5 before the 2021 Farm Progress Show.

“With the square footage we have on a 90-acre show site, even at Phase 4, we didn’t have a problem with capacity,” Jungmann explains. “As the state continues to open, it continues to get easier and easier to put together a Farm Progress Show and to plan for it at this stage.”

The 2021 Farm Progress Show will be held Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 in Decatur, Ill. Husker Harvest Days will take place in Grand Island, Neb., Sept. 14-16.

About the Author(s)

Holly Spangler

Senior Editor, Prairie Farmer, Farm Progress

Holly Spangler has covered Illinois agriculture for more than two decades, bringing meaningful production agriculture experience to the magazine’s coverage. She currently serves as editor of Prairie Farmer magazine and Executive Editor for Farm Progress, managing editorial staff at six magazines throughout the eastern Corn Belt. She began her career with Prairie Farmer just before graduating from the University of Illinois in agricultural communications.

An award-winning writer and photographer, Holly is past president of the American Agricultural Editors Association. In 2015, she became only the 10th U.S. agricultural journalist to earn the Writer of Merit designation and is a five-time winner of the top writing award for editorial opinion in U.S. agriculture. She was named an AAEA Master Writer in 2005. In 2011, Holly was one of 10 recipients worldwide to receive the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Ag Journalism award. She currently serves on the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation, the U of I Agricultural Communications Advisory committee, and is an advisory board member for the U of I College of ACES Research Station at Monmouth. Her work in agricultural media has been recognized by the Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Corn, Illinois Council on Agricultural Education and MidAmerica Croplife Association.

Holly and her husband, John, farm in western Illinois where they raise corn, soybeans and beef cattle on 2,500 acres. Their operation includes 125 head of commercial cows in a cow/calf operation. The family farm includes John’s parents and their three children.

Holly frequently speaks to a variety of groups and organizations, sharing the heart, soul and science of agriculture. She and her husband are active in state and local farm organizations. They serve with their local 4-H and FFA programs, their school district, and are active in their church's youth and music ministries.

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