Near-perfect weather and an excitement for new technology and industrial hemp drew a reported 106,357 attendees to a World Ag Expo affected in part by coronavirus fears and a few vendors who did not show because of that.
Nevertheless, the three-day exposition at the International Agricenter in Tulare, Calif. drew folks like American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall and some attention to a focus on industrial hemp, though discussions with some growers suggest the jury is still out on the crop because so little is known about it. Seed genetics and markets are two of the major challenges of the fledgling industry legalized by the recent Farm Bill.
Always popular at the annual event is the availability of great food from a long list of non-profit organizations. Included on that list is the Sundale Elementary School booth that over three days served over 10,700 pounds of ribeye steaks as part of 22,000 sandwiches, according to Sundale School Principal Cindy Gist.