Farm Progress

Equipment and technology highlight the Kansas City Western Farm Show.

December 23, 2016

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OUT OF THE COLD: The Western Farm Show offers farmers and ranchers a break from the winter cold and an opportunity to see the latest in farm equipment and machinery. The event runs Feb. 24-26 in Kansas City, Mo. (Photo courtesy of Western Equipment Dealers Association)

The Western Farm Show returns Feb. 24-26 to the American Royal Complex in Kansas City, Mo., with new equipment for farmers and ranchers.

The event features hundreds of exhibitors, acres of things to see and do, and the latest in farm and ranch technology and more. In addition to the latest farm equipment, visitors will again have the opportunity to browse crop production and livestock products, farm structures and numerous ag services.

“The Western Farm Show not only enables farmers and ranchers to learn about advanced products and technologies that can help improve their operations, but also offers a host of other attractions that their whole families can enjoy,” Ken Dean, show manager, says. “We look forward to carrying on that tradition at the 2017 show.”

Here are three events not to miss at the 2017 Western Farm Show:

1. Taste of Home Cooking Show. With shows at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Wagstaff Theatre inside the American Royal, this cooking show offers audience participation. Sponsored by American Family Insurance, the show features recipes, cooking techniques, practical kitchen tips and simple plating ideas. Taste of Home recipes are practical because they’re from home cooks — not gourmet chefs — and feature familiar, everyday ingredients; clear, beautiful photos; and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.
Tickets to the cooking show are free. They're available in advance from American Family Insurance agents and at the company’s Western Farm Show booth, while supplies last.

2. Low-Stress Livestock Handling Demonstration. Sponsored by MFA Inc., the demonstrations are at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Feb. 25, in the Scott Pavilion, adjacent to the American Royal Complex. The demonstrations, included in the show admission price and led by Ron Gill, Texas AgriLife Extension specialist, focus on improving the well-being of beef and dairy cattle, as well as their handlers, through humane animal care. Ranchers can learn how to incorporate the economic benefits of improved livestock handling through reduced sickness and labor, and improved weight gains in cattle.

3. Health and Safety Roundup. New for 2017 are free SpotMe skin cancer screenings provided by the American Academy of Dermatology. Returning will be interactive and educational health and safety exhibits, including free blood pressure and hearing tests; vision screening, including glaucoma; tetanus shots; and, for a nominal fee, cholesterol screening. The roundup is coordinated by Missouri Farm Bureau.

The Western Farm Show is produced and managed by Western Equipment Dealers Association, a trade group representing approximately 2,400 farm, industrial and outdoor power equipment dealers in the U.S. and Canada. Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Adult admission is $8; admission is free for children ages 12 and under.

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Source: Western Equipment Dealers Association

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