This year at the World Ag Expo, there is more of the same and some new attractions to check out.

Diligently, the crews of over 1,400 exhibitors set up their displays Monday for the World Ag Expo.

Last year, around 105,780 people attended the expo, representing 71 countries and 43 states.

Attendees can look forward to a few new events this year, including a livestock seminar and demonstration on Wednesday afternoon in the Arena, a woodworking demonstration, the Italian Trade Agency pavilion, and a wide variety of new seminars that cover everything from organic farming to new technology in the agriculture industry.

There will also be new parking available on the south side of the center.

Tom Finn, the chairman of the World Ag Expo, said the expo is a place to grow an agriculture business and every year the expo is growing and expanding.

While crews were continuing to set up, the Crinklaw crew was answering questions about the Global Unmanned Spray System (GUSS) and ready to show off their products’ driving capabilities.

GUSS was named one of the top new products for this year’s expo. The booths with the top 10 products have a star on the show map and a flag hanging near of the exhibit.

Some crews had an easy set up and some were still working around midday Monday.

BECO Dairy Automation and Grabow Well Drilling Inc. were in the process of setting up displays and making them look nice.

BECO, based in Hanford, will be showing off its products that are made to make the milking experience as productive as possible while keeping in mind the experience for the cows.

As a company, we are always focused on what’s best for the cow,” Colby Brown, operations manager for BECO, said.

Grabow is a 115-year-old business that has been in the Grabow family since they emigrated from Denmark, Derick Grabow said. After starting up the company again in October 2016, Grabow is showing off its water rig for the second time at the expo.

For some exhibitors, the agriculture expo is their main form of advertisement. Standing in the middle of their products, Morgan and Slates Inc.’s representatives explain that they get some of their business from the agriculture expo.

“Other than this, we don’t advertise much outside of this expo,” Rick Temores a representative of Morgan and Slates said.

There are a total of 11 businesses based in Hanford and Lemoore with exhibits at the World Ag Expo: BECO, Baker Commodities Inc., McLellan Inc., Fleetside Inc., Renewable Solar Inc., Swage Kings Inc., Grabow, Morgan & Slates, Monty’s Portables LLC, Marty Martinez Farms, Verdegaal Brothers Inc  and Rent-A-Toilet.

The World Ag Expo estimates that 45 percent of agriculture professionals attending the expo have the authority to make purchasing decisions for their company.

Monday was also a learning day for rural task forces and other investigators. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) arranged for around 40 members of law enforcement to learn about new ways to identify parts of tractors and other large farming equipment.

“It’s all about identifying equipment and returning it back,” Neil Carmody, a special agent with the NICB said.

The group scheduled a session with Kubota and Bobcat, and then the officers and investigators had the opportunity to explore the Expo at their leisure.

The reporter can be reached at 583-2458 or chelsea.shannon@lee.net.

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