September 9, 2022
The 2022 Farm Progress Show made the most of gorgeous weather in Boone, Iowa, last week during its three-day run from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1.
“The weather was terrific, and the crowds were huge,” says Matt Jungmann, national events director for Farm Progress, adding that visitor parking lots were completely full — something that had never happened at the Boone site before. “Other than the lack of field demos, it will go down as one of the best shows we’ve ever had.”
Jungmann says field demos had to be canceled due to moisture levels. The corn simply couldn’t mature fast enough for harvest at the show, given delayed spring planting and wet weather.
This show was the first at the Boone site since 2018, besides the virtual show that was held on-site in 2020 and delivered via video libraries. Jungmann was apprehensive going into the 2022 show, simply because the “operational machine” hadn’t run since 2018.
“I really expected to have some kind of traffic or infrastructure issues — electricity, restrooms, etc. — but other than very small things, the machine got up and running fast and ran really well,” he says.
Next year, the show rotates back to Illinois, heading to Decatur Aug. 29-31.
“It’s always great to go back to Decatur, and we’re already talking to exhibitors about their big plans for next year,” Jungmann says.
About the Author(s)
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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