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Farm Show Adds Educational Components

June 27, 2012, 9:58 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Farm Show Adds Educational Components

If you go to a farm show, you'll often see a lot of things to buy. But a new show near Pierre is teaming up with South Dakota State University to further educate farmers.

And, organizers say that could benefit the whole state.

"We just hope to make this an annual event and so far with the booth space as well as the conference we've exceeded our first year goals," promoter Greg Geisler said.

And that means visitors and vendors spending money in the Pierre area while there. But that's only one advantage Geisler says the South Dakota AgXchange should have.

It’s partnering with SDSU to add an educational component as well. Farmers and ranchers can attend sessions out in the field taught by experts in both farming and ranching.

"What we're hoping is that they'll take away new techniques and new technology that they can apply immediately to their operation," Geisler said.

That is a component Geisler says farmers and ranchers requested. He says there's been a positive response so far.

There should be more than 200 exhibitors set up on the grounds Thursday and Friday and that's only part of the show. There will also be 29 conference sessions to pick from.

Some of the state’s larger farmers and ranchers will meet with executives from companies whose products they use. At the end of the two days, promoters hope there's a lot of information shared from both sides to help agriculture in the state.

"Well we wanted to do something different for South Dakota agriculture," Geisler said.

The event has already met its goals with the number of pre-registered farmers and ranchers and more are expected to show up Thursday and Friday.

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