N.Y. Farm Show One of the Best Ever

24th annual event is jam-packed with new products, need-to-know programs.

Published on: Jan 15, 2009

New York Farm Show, the East's largest indoor ag expo of crop, dairy and forestry exhibitors, jams more than 425 inside five heated buildings. And when it opens on Feb. 26, 27 and 28 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, they'll all be waiting for you.

"New York Farm Show truly is the showcase of Northeast agriculture," says Farm Show Manager Scott Grigor. "It's the all-in-one place to check out new products and technologies coming available, like robotic milking, new row guidance and planter technologies and triple-wide hay mergers.

NEW PRODUCTS GALORE! Close to 425 commercial exhibitors await you with their newest and best offerings at the 24th annual New York Farm Show.

"It's definitely not the same old same old," he adds. "We know of more than 40 new products that'll be at the show. And those are just the ones we knew about in early January."

Show highlights

  • DeLaval and Lely return with their latest robotic milking systems. Lely also is introducing new robots for feed pushing and slot-floor alley cleaning. Other dairy equipment manufacturers are bringing their latest parlor and barn innovations for small-scale dairies and large.
  • New haying, swathing, guidance systems and tractors from at least 12 different manufacturers will be on site. You'll want to, for example, check out Oxbo's new triple-wide merger.
  • More than 15 seed companies, including some new ones in the Northeast, will be on hand with new offerings of conventional, high-tech and organic varieties of corn, soybeans, wheat, legumes and grasses – plus biomass crops.
  • "Farming for the Future" mini-seminars feature two hot topics starting at 9 a.m. on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28. An intensive, one-hour "Gas Leasing and Financial Consequences" session is co-hosted on Friday, Feb. 27 by New York Farm Bureau. On Saturday, Feb. 28, explore "Where Alternative Energy Fits Your Farm", co-hosted by the New York Farm Viability Institute.
  • At 10:15 all three days, First Pioneer Farm Credit will co-host a need-to-know session explaining
  • New York Beef Producers' has fenced off a section for its daily series of talks and demonstrations on ultrasound live carcass measures, rotational grazing, proper castration, live and killed vaccines, freezer beef marketing and most profitable beef traits.
  • Daily forestry workshops buzz about everything from for-profit timber management to tax valuation, wildlife management, biomass and more.
  • If you're into antique tractors, you enjoy walking through the Old Iron section. If farm toys are your thing, you won't want to miss the Toy Show.
  • And, the 16th annual FFA Benefit Toy Auction kicks off at 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26 with proceeds going to the Robert Watson Memorial FFA Scholarship Fund.

Free tickets from dealerships

Tickets are available free from Northeast Equipment Dealers or by writing to New York Farm Show, P.O. Box 3470, Syracuse, NY 13220. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request by Feb. 15.

Admission at the door is $5; children under 18 are free. Parking is free, and bus shuttles are available.

For more New York Farm Show details, click on www.newyorkfarmshow.com.