Katie Allen, Farm Journal Contributing Editor
Ag Connect Expo wrapped up in Orlando on Friday, with many attendees are getting their last-minute questions answered at the trade show. I have had a great time visiting with exhibitors, taking photos, and attending the educational sessions. With all the events going on, I know the difficulty of making it to everything. In case you missed some of the events I attended, here is an overview.
Many breakout sessions focused on innovation, renewable energy and making agriculture a more sustainable industry. The co-located events, such as the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) conference held in conjunction with Ag Connect Expo in Orlando January 10-13, highlighted this. The many breakout sessions included talks about renewable energy and harvesting crop and crop residue for ethanol in more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly ways. I attended a discussion led by Dr. Matt Darr, assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University. He discussed ways to reduce biofuel production, collection, storage, and transportation costs while using the most effective means to sustainably harvest corn and corn stover for cellulosic biofuel production. Other speakers at the ASABE conference presented on topics relating to wind energy, machinery management, new farm products, forest engineering, hydraulics, and many more.
The trade show was in full swing Wednesday, and attendees had the opportunity to converse with one another about many of the technologies and machines on the show room floor. I spent the morning taking photos of the many exhibit pavilions at the trade show and visiting with some of the international exhibitors. Thursday was a busy day for me, as I attended some of the education sessions held in the Innovations Theatre at the trade show. One of the event highlights for me was listening to Orion Samuelson, Mike Yost, and Dr. Jim Evans talk about the future of Ag communications at the Communications in Ag panel. Many of the attendees and exhibitors at AG CONNECT got an overview of the importance of telling our industry's great story. You can view my comments and photos from my experiences at the trade show and the panel discussions I attended on my Twitter page (www.twitter.com/katieallenmo
) and blog (www.katieatagconnect.blogspot.com
In closing, I would like to thank AEM for the great opportunity to cover the first-ever Ag Connect Expo. I have met many great people during my experience here and thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this ground-breaking event.