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New York Farm Show postponed for now

Plans for a late spring or early summer show are in the works.

Chris Torres

December 7, 2020

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view of New York Farm Show floor
HOPEFUL FOR RETURN: Restrictions on large events in New York state because of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced the postponement of the New York Farm Show, but plans are in the works to hold the show sometime in late spring or early summer. Chris Torres

COVID-19 has forced the postponement of many live events originally scheduled for early 2021 until later in the year.

The New York Farm Show, originally scheduled for Feb. 25 to 27 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y., is no exception. The show has been postponed with the hope of holding it sometime in spring or summer.

“Officials of the New York Farm Show were informed by the New York State Fairgrounds that they would not be able to host the show on its scheduled dates. In fact, all large events planned for January and February of 2021 at the fairgrounds are canceled or postponed,” says Scott Grigor, manager of the New York Farm Show. “With guidance from the state of New York, the New York State Fairgrounds and local officials, tentative plans for a late spring or early summer New York Farm Show at the New York State Fairgrounds are underway.”

The show is a coproduction of American Agriculturist and the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association. It is the leading farm show in the Northeast and has been held since 1985. More than 400 exhibitors attend the show, which is held in the warm confines of five buildings at the New York State Fairgrounds.

The show attracts thousands of visitors not only from New York, but also from all over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

The continuing COVID-19 pandemic forced many agricultural trade shows in 2020 to either cancel their shows outright or hold virtual shows instead. In September, the Farm Progress Virtual Experience took the place of both Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days, which are normally held weeks apart and are the largest shows of their kind in the country.

Numerous other livestock and equipment trade shows had to do the same, and that trend is continuing for at least the first part of 2021.

But there is hope on the horizon. Several vaccines with better-than-expected efficacy are rolling out, increasing the chances that live agricultural events can return in 2021 at least in some form.

We’ll keep you posted on the status of the 2021 New York Farm Show as the year progresses. And mark your calendars for the 2022 New York Farm Show, which will be held Feb. 24 to 26, 2022.

For more information, visit newyorkfarmshow.com.

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About the Author(s)

Chris Torres

Editor, American Agriculturist

Chris Torres, editor of American Agriculturist, previously worked at Lancaster Farming, where he started in 2006 as a staff writer and later became regional editor. Torres is a seven-time winner of the Keystone Press Awards, handed out by the Pennsylvania Press Association, and he is a Pennsylvania State University graduate.

Torres says he wants American Agriculturist to be farmers' "go-to product, continuing the legacy and high standard (former American Agriculturist editor) John Vogel has set." Torres succeeds Vogel, who retired after 47 years with Farm Progress and its related publications.

"The news business is a challenging job," Torres says. "It makes you think outside your small box, and you have to formulate what the reader wants to see from the overall product. It's rewarding to see a nice product in the end."

Torres' family is based in Lebanon County, Pa. His wife grew up on a small farm in Berks County, Pa., where they raised corn, soybeans, feeder cattle and more. Torres and his wife are parents to three young boys.

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