The 2012 New York Farm Show was the most successful in recent years, reports Show Manager Scott Grigor. Farmers who were potential buying customers came in great numbers from New York and Pennsylvania, and also from New England, Maryland, New Jersey and Ohio.
A large part of the success is attributed to the dealers that help promote the show to their customers, notes Grigor. "Much of our success is getting the buying customer to attend the show."
And, equipment dealers have a stake in the show. It's cosponsored by the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association and American Agriculturist magazine.
The 2012 New York Farm Show featured five buildings, more than 220,000 square feet of exhibits and more than 420 exhibitors. "Our goal is to provide the products and services for the people involved in agriculture throughout the Northeast," says Grigor.
"Our slogan 'Farm Fresh' is in support of our local farmers and their ability to produce the highest quality food in the world. We pride ourselves on being the one-stop shopping event for agriculture's newest technologies."
'Thumbs up' exhibitor review
Many exhibitors felt that the 2012 show was even better than the previous year. Despite the last day's heavy snowfall, purchase-minded farmers made the trip. And for the three-day show, exhibitors reported substantial sales leads with what Grigor calls "quality attendance."
Another reason for the show's continuing success is its support of many ag organizations. The New York Beef Producers, New York Forest Owners and New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health hosted educational programs during the show.
Seminars also were held on Marcellus natural gas leasing and precision ag technologies. The show continues to support New York State FFA via the Robert Watson Memorial Toy (benefit) Auction which also had a record turnout. 4-H youths greeted show visitors and sold hitch pins as a fund raiser. Morrisville State College's Agricultural Engineering Club assisted with cleaning equipment during set-up.
Kubota sponsored large sign boards with maps of the grounds to help visitors local all the buildings. Farm Credit East sponsored bags for show visitors to carry their show programs and to carry the valuable exhibit information gathered at the show. OXBO and K-FAM sponsored a free hitch pin give-away. CAT and GEA sponsored VIP Buttons. "Those sponsorships are deeply appreciated," notes the show manager.
"As the planning continues for the 2013 show, my goal is to make the next show even better," Grigor says. "Many contracts distributed at the show have been signed and returned already. We're starting off 2013 strong!"
Here are a few samples of what show-goers marveled over at the 2012 show: