The 2012 Farm Progress Hay Expo will take place June 20 and 21 at the Central Iowa Expo just east of Boone, Iowa. This marks the fourth time the Hay Expo has been held in Central Iowa and the first time for the event to be in Boone.
"There were many positives about the location of this year's Hay Expo but the biggest is the easy access to the event for producers from many states," notes Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national event manager. "The location is readily accessible for forage producers driving to the event and the close proximity to a major metropolitan area makes it easy for those flying into the show."
The Hay Expo has grown and evolved over the years but continues to be the best place for forage producers to see and learn about products and services in their industry.
"Field demonstrations are a highlight of the Hay Expo," says Jungmann. "Demonstrations begin in the morning with mowing, conditioning and chopping then continues in the afternoon with raking, baling and hay handling. Watching the machines operate side-by-side under actual field conditions is an excellent opportunity for producers."
A 10-acre exhibit field will highlight displays from the major and shortline specialty manufacturers, seed, building and storage facility suppliers, and a range of related product suppliers. Exhibitors plan to showcase a host of new products aimed at boosting the efficiency and profitability of hay and forage production.
"The exhibit field is the place to discuss seed, hay marketing, crop production, conservation and more. There will be educational exhibits, hay and forage grounds and others," notes Jungmann.
The Boone County Cattlemen will serve food and drink on site. Trams will be available from the exhibit field to the different demonstration locations.
Hay Expo is sponsored Farm Progress publications Wallaces Farmer, The Farmer and Wisconsin Agriculturist.
The 2012 Farm Progress Hay Expo will be held June 20 and 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The show site is located off of Highway 30 and Highway 17. Admission is free; parking is $10 per vehicle. The public is welcome. For more information, visit www.HayExpo.com or call 866-264-7469.