The 2012 Iowa Power Farming Show has expanded once again, thanks to the
completion of the Veteran's Memorial Convention Center renovation project, located in downtown Des Moines. This year's event, showcasing the latest and greatest in farm machinery and related ag equipment and technology, will be held for three days—January 31 through February 2--at the Iowa Events Center.
The show has been sold out year after year, even following previous facility
expansions. The Iowa Power Farming Show was one of the first events to use the Veterans Auditorium when it opened in 1955.
The $42 million renovation of Veterans Auditorium includes approximately 32,975
square feet of meeting room space, along with 1,210 square feet of board room space and 41,130 square feet of multipurpose ballroom/pre-function area. The renovation includes the construction of an additional floor to accommodate the ballroom level.
This is the 57th annual Iowa Power Farming Show, and it is greatly expanded this year
The Iowa Power Farming Show uses the Hy-Vee Exhibition Hall and Wells Fargo
Arena in addition to the three floors of the newly renovated Veterans Memorial Convention Center. It will encompass a total of 294,400 sq. ft. of exhibit space.
With the renovation, 130 booths were added to the show. The booths will be in a
high quality convention center-like venue which will raise the image of both the
show and its exhibitors. Ag-related displays will occupy a total of 1,818 booths.
"We look forward to using the new Veterans Memorial Convention Center. It will
give the show a totally new look and add a professional quality to the show", says Tom Junge, director of the Iowa Power Farming Show.
"The timing of the completion of the newly remodeled Vets Memorial Center couldn't be better," he says. "There is strong demand from companies to participate in this year's show due to the strong ag economy." Exhibitors are coming from 4 Canadian provinces and 29 states to display their equipment and other ag-related products."
The Iowa Power Farming Show is produced by the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment
Dealers Association in conjunction with local Iowa farm equipment dealers. It is sponsored in part by Ag Leader Technology, Bayer CropScience, Farm Credit
Services of America, The Stewart-Peterson Group, Stine Seed and Sukup Mfg. Company. For more information, including registration and cost to attend, along with a list of exhibitors and the program, go to www.iowapowershow.com.
Special sessions at Power Farming Show to focus on herbicide-resistant weeds
There are also information sessions at the show. For two days of the three-day show, sessions will be offered on how to manage herbicide resistant weeds. Farmers visiting the show on January 31 and February 1 are urged to take in an informational session led by Iowa State University Extension weed specialist Mike Owen. The sessions are titled "Herbicide Resistant Weeds—Past, Present and Future: Act Now Or Pay The Consequences."
"Weed management strategies in soybeans have suddenly become more complex; they are no longer about weed control," says David Wright, director of contract research for the Iowa Soybean Association. "It is critical to take a holistic approach to minimize the impact on profitability of weeds with resistance to multiple herbicides. Mike Owen's presentation will help farmers know how that can be accomplished."
Learn about latest recommendations for managing tough-to-control weeds
The Iowa Soybean Association is hosting the weed management sessions. The sessions are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday January 31 and 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday February 1, in board room #3 on the mezzanine level of Veterans Convention Center. "Attendees can enjoy complimentary refreshments while hearing the latest information on weed resistance," says Wright.
All ISA members should have received in the mail two tickets for free admittance to the Power Farming Show. While at the show soybean farmers are invited to stop by the ISA booth, number 808, on the main floor in Vets Auditorium, to visit with ISA staff and farm leaders. In addition to information on biodiesel, all new and existing members will receive a complimentary gift as part of ISA's new "I am Iowa Ag" membership campaign.