While the Farm Progress Show has long been a yearly destination for American farmers, it's also becoming an annual pilgrimage for international visitors.
"This year, we've already heard from multiple international groups who are planning on attending," says Dottie Rovner, Farm Progress national sales/shows coordinator. "There's been increased interest in the Farm Progress Show from global companies, farmers and ranchers from around the world."
Rovner believes this additional global interest is due in part to the location of the Farm Progress Show. Guests are able to take advantage of the close proximity to other agribusinesses during their trip to the show. Overseas visitors plan trips to the United States to tour farms, visit the Chicago Board of Trade, observe manufacturing plants or discuss the latest in agricultural technology at research stations.
The Iowa Department of Economic Development, along with the Iowa Agribusiness Export Partnership, will sponsor an International Visitor Center located in the Wallaces Farmer Hospitality Building.
The Center will offer international visitors a comfortable location to relax and have a snack, network, hold meetings, access the Internet, make phone calls and so on. Spanish, Portuguese, German and possibly other language assistance will be available. Information regarding the state of Iowa's agriculture, manufacturing and tourism industries will also be available.
"We are pleased to work with the state of Iowa to be able to offer these services to our international guests," says Matt Jungmann, national shows manager.
For more information regarding the International Visitor Center, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.IowaLifeChanging.com.