Clinton Griffiths: A Modern Farm Show

02:01PM Aug 04, 2020
Farm Journal Field Days
Farm Journal Field Days August 25-27
( Farm Journal )

The farm show is and has always been an important tradition offering networking and learning opportunities. Today, thanks to COVID-19, new norms like social distancing, video chats and e-learning are quickly finding their way into our everyday lives.

Given the concern about the virus, in-person crowds are being exchanged for virtual events.

A New Way To Learn

That’s why at Farm Journal, we’re proud to bring you The New American Farm ShowTM Experience, which is a celebration of virtual learning and entertainment for all of us in agriculture. It’s a new idea and a new platform that might forever alter the traditional farm show model.

Thanks to the rise of smart phones, tablets and a focus on rural broadband, it’s easier than ever to learn and network online.

Rather than driving to one of the stops along the Pro Farmer Crop Tour for an evening update from scouts, watch those meetings from your own home. You’ll still be able to ask questions and hear the latest information about crop conditions and yield potential. The Tour runs Aug. 17-20. Register at

The very next week, Aug. 25-27, join us for Farm Journal Field DaysTM. Just like a regular, in-person farm show, there will be live demonstrations, company booths, networking and learning opportunities. The only thing missing will be the smoked pork chops and sunburn.

We’ll wrap up our virtual programming with our #FarmONTM concert to benefit 4-H on Aug. 27. Register at

Annual Seed Guide

Field days are meant to help you plan for the future much like our annual seed guide. Thanks to the hard work of Seeds and Production Editor Sonja Begemann, you'll find plenty of help with future planning in this issue. She and the entire team have pulled together a timely and pertinent collection of issues and topics to help navigate 2020 and beyond.