The Ag Connect Expo and Summit, with a stronger focus on technology and new products and innovations, will be in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 30 to 31.
2013 Ag Connect Expo and Summit has a lot to offer
After a scheduled hiatus, the Ag Connect Expo and Summit is back in 2013 with more exhibitors, show space and educational seminars. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) will host the event Jan. 30 to 31 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Mo.
AEM held the first Ag Connect in 2010. After the 2011 show, the association announced that it would host the event every other year—synchronized with Agritechnica in Germany.
Expanded lineup. This year the expo and summit will feature more than 330 exhibitors as well as educational seminars and co-located events that showcase new technologies and practices. In addition to machinery com-panies that are members of AEM, the expo will include short-liner, technology, software, crop protection, fertilizer and seed companies. The exhibitors are divided into themed pavilions such as components; business and technology; specialty products; and international (Germany, Spain, Italy and China).
A new facet of the expo will be a Gold and Silver medal award program on the show floor to recognize product innovations.
"We put a very big focus on new technology, new products and new inno-vations," says Sara Mooney, show director for AEM. "The AE50 [an awards program hosted by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers] has been part of our program before, but this year, from that pool of distinguished innovations, we’ll be highlighting Silver and Gold medal winners."
All of the AE50 award winners will be recognized in a display at the show and will have decals at their booths, as will the Silver and Gold award winners.
Throughout the planning process, AEM has been especially focused on bringing together expertise.
"We’ve added the word ‘summit’ to our event because when we asked producers what they want from Ag Connect, they told us they find value in networking with high-level com-pany representatives," Mooney says. "Beyond the exhibits, we offer education, a lot of dialogue and expertise."
There are more than 20 co-located events that will bolster that level of expertise for all attendees. In addition, AEM has courted noted professionals to participate in its Masters and Mavericks campaign.
"The Masters and Mavericks campaign highlights the experts that will be present at the show—in their company’s booth or at an educational session. Each of these people has a profile on our website to provide more details on what perspective they add to the event," Mooney says.
Farm Journal will host four of the co-located events: Corn College Planter Clinic, Legacy Project Workshop, Beef Today Forum and Dairy Today Forum (see page 66 for details).
Learn from the experts. In addition, more than 20 education sessions, referred to as Master Classes, will address a range of business topics, from taxes to precision agriculture to livestock management.
"Our breakout education sessions are now called Master Classes to
reflect the superior level of knowledge," Mooney says. "We offer a question-and-answer session with every speaker after the session. In the past, the sessions have lasted up to two hours in some cases."
As for the farmers who will attend, Mooney says the event aims to attract row crop farmers and livestock producers as well as a range of those who work in the agriculture industry.
"This show is for anyone who has a stake in agriculture and wants to get involved in the dialogue, from senior executives to expert speakers to producers," she says.
Make plans now. With the event’s new Midwestern location, AEM hopes to attract attendees from across the U.S. and beyond.
"Kansas City is a great central location," Mooney says. "It’s an easy-to-navigate city and there are a lot of attractions to enjoy outside of the show. We’ll offer organized tours, including the Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City Board of Trade, Money Museum, Harley-Davidson plant and Arabia Steamboat Museum as well as the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum."
Tours cost $25 if registered before Jan. 4 and $30 to $35 after. A show badge costs $20 before Jan. 4 and $30 after. "Our goal is to have takeaways around every corner," Mooney says.
Farm Journal Media’s Co-Located Seminars
Here’s the full schedule of Farm Journal Media’s co-located education programs and events that will take place at Ag Connect, Jan. 30 and 31 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Corn College Planter Clinic
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Early bird – $169; after Jan. 4 – $199
Speaker: Missy Bauer, Field Agronomist
Join Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer as she walks through the top tips to get your planter ready for spring. From the hitchpin to the closing wheels, Bauer will highlight the changes you need to make before you head to the field that will make you money. All major planter brands will be included and multiple row units will be featured in live demonstrations.
Beef Today Forum
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Early bird – $40; after Jan. 4 – $50
Speakers: Derrell Peel, Livestock Economist, Oklahoma
State University; Chip Flory, Editor, Pro Farmer;
Paul Burrough, Senior Vice President, National Finance Credit Corporation
Cattle producers are faced with a barrage of challenges that will impact their ability to maintain and expand their operations. Economist Derrell Peel will discuss the current cattle situation and how the industry’s shift from feeding grain to forages will pencil out. Grain and oilseeds market expert Chip Flory will give his outlook on feed prices for the coming year. Lender Paul Burrough will talk about what lenders need in order to finance cattle operations during times of tight supplies.
Dairy Today Forum
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.