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World Ag Expo boasts attendance of over 102,000 at three-day event

Rain and cold weather may have helped dampen attendance at 52nd annual World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif, but exhibitors seemed pleased, said CEO Jerry Sinift

Todd Fitchette, Associate Editor

February 21, 2019

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Wind, rain and a dismal weather forecast for what is typically the busiest day at the World Ag Expo all likely played a part in attendance that did not quite match last year’s figure, but nevertheless managed to exceed 100,000 for the three-day event in Tulare, Calif.

International Agri-Center Chief Executive Officer Jerry Sinift said his conversations with exhibitors suggested the lower attendance didn’t factor in the quality of business leads vendors seek at events like this.

The 2019 event marked the 52nd annual agricultural exposition, an event that this year brought NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine out to speak to the scientific advancements of space exploration, and how technologies developed for astronauts is improving the human condition around the globe while providing tools used by farmers.

Bridenstine highlighted various technological advancements developed or used by NASA, including methods to better predict how much water will come from the Sierra snowpack.

The expo was also marked by the naming of one of the permanent buildings on site for Corteva Agriscience in a six-year sponsorship deal with the International Agri-Center. Corteva Agriscience is the agricultural division of DowDupont.

Visitors to the event seemed to go with the flow of heavy rain on Thursday morning that sent torrents of water flowing towards storm drains on the show grounds and people scurrying for the protection of tents and buildings while the downpours lasted.


About the Author(s)

Todd Fitchette

Associate Editor, Western Farm Press

Todd Fitchette, associate editor with Western Farm Press, spent much of his journalism career covering agriculture in California and the western United States. Aside from reporting about issues related to farm production, environmental regulations and legislative matters, he has extensive experience covering the dairy industry, western water issues and politics. His journalistic experience includes local daily and weekly newspapers, where he was recognized early in his career as an award-winning news photographer.

Fitchette is US Army veteran and a graduate of California State University, Chico. 

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