The Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Board of Directors announced April 1 during the board's annual meeting in Madison that Wood County has been selected to host the 2018 show. It has been 55 years since Wood County last hosted the show in 1960.
Wood County Extension Agriculture Agent Matt Lippert described to the board the importance of agriculture to the Wood County economy and the support they received for the application from county leaders. Wood County representatives said their objectives for hosting the show which are "to encourage the adoption of new farm technologies that improve the livelihoods and sustainability of agricultural producers, showcase Wood County's progressive and diverse agriculture, develop regional and community leadership opportunities and increase awareness of University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Idea."
Lippert said the dairy and cranberry industries would be emphasized during their show. A host farm will likely be selected this fall.
Matt Glewen, Wisconsin Farm Technology Day general manager said, "Wood County has an excellent road system to manage the traffic coming from all directions during the 2018 show. A newly routed State Highway 10 allows quick and easy four-lane access through the center of the county."
Wood County is located in central Wisconsin. Lodging capacity is very important to the show, Glewen noted, and Wood County has more than 1,000 hotels rooms in Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids. Many hotels will also be available in nearby Stevens Point and Wausau.
The Wood County edition of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will be held during the second or third week of July 2018.
Dane County will host the 2015 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. The Dane County Show will be held at the Statz Brothers Farm near Sun Prairie Aug. 25-27.
Heidi Johnson, Dane County Extension crops and soils agent and executive secretary for the 2015 show, said the host family recently completed an expansion of their dairy facilities which includes a double-50 milking parlor, three new freestall barns and a second manure digester.
The Statz family farms 6,000 acres. They expect to be milking 4,000 cows by the time of the show.
Dane County has already begun selling a D-15 Allis Chalmers tractor with a two-row mounted Ellis 4702 transplanter as its commerative collectible. Johnson said the collectible sells for $199 and they have already sold 200 of them online.
The 2016 show will be held in Walworth County. The Walworth County Show will be held July 19-21, 2016, at the Steve Snudden Farm in Zenda near Lake Geneva. The Snuddens milk 1,000 cows. The 2017 show will be held in Kewaunee County July 11-13, 2017, at the Randy and Renee Ebert family farm near Algoma. The Eberts milk 3,000 cows and farm 5,500 acres.