The National Farm Machinery Show has catered to farmers for 50 years
From the farm crisis in the 1980s to record-setting profits for crops and livestock in recent years, the agriculture industry continues to evolve. Yet through the boom and bust, one tradition remains the same for farmers: the National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS), the country’s largest indoor farm show.
Held in Louisville, Ky., Feb. 11 to 14, 2015, the show will celebrate its 50th season catering to loyal attendees. The Kentucky Exposition Center will swarm with machinery experts ready to show farmers the latest innovations to boost yields and profits in the year ahead. With 1.2 million square feet of exhibition space, be sure to pack your walking shoes to visit the more than 850 exhibitors.
The four-day show features exhibits from all facets of production agriculture, including planting, fertilizing, spraying, tractors, combines, grain carts, tillage tools, precision technology, irrigation, grain storage, trucks and trailers, livestock feeding and handling, sheds, fencing, shop tools and alternative energy. The show has something for everyone.
Attend three free seminars designed to help you better plan for the year ahead with used equipment trends and market strategies.
Be sure to give yourself a break and plan to attend three free Farm Journal seminars. Hear from top Farm Journal experts including economist Bob Utterback on the direction of the commodity markets. Visit with a familiar face in the machinery world, used equipment values expert Machinery Pete. He will present a seminar on the latest trends in used equipment values. Don’t miss the live taping of “U.S. Farm Report” Marketing Roundtable, hosted by Tyne Morgan and featuring three marketing panelists: Matt Bennett, market analyst with Bennett Consulting; Mike North, market analyst with Commodity Risk Management Group; and Utterback. All three events will be held in the South Wing B conference center, room 105.
Admission to the show is free, but parking costs $8. Parking for RVs is also available but requires registration in advance.
It wouldn’t be NFMS without the 47th annual Championship Tractor Pull, sponsored by Syngenta. Each night at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 1 p.m., the adjacent Freedom Hall will explode with high-octane
machines. The loud and highly competitive pull awards contestants more than $200,000 in prize money. This year’s roster includes two drivers from Canada and one from Holland. Don’t wait—save your seat today by purchasing tickets before you head to Louisville. Tickets are sold through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.
The show allows plenty of time to take advantage of your time away from the farm and explore all Louisville and the surrounding area have to offer. Home of the Louisville Slugger baseball bats, the Kentucky Derby and education centers, Louisville is sure not to disappoint.
For additional details, including tourist attractions and area restaurants, visit the links at bottom left or contact the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.gotolouisville.com or (888) 568-4784.
See you soon in Louisville!
The Kentucky Exposition Center is located at the junction of Interstates I-65 and I-264. For more details and directions to the show, visit www.FarmJounral.com/NFMS
Know Before You Go
Check out these websites when making plans to attend the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky.: