TULARE — Today is the opening day of the 52nd World Ag Expo and there is plenty to do for anybody interested in agriculture-related information, products and new technology.

The expo, located at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, will be held Feb. 12-14.

The largest annual agricultural exposition of its kind, World Ag Expo boasts more than 1,500 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space.

In 2018, 106,700 people came from 49 states and 63 countries to attend the expo.

A variety of seminars will be offered, including dairy, water, international trade, government regulation and women in agriculture. These seminars are presented by professionals in the industry and provide attendees with information to improve their operations.

New this year will be a free, one-day conference on Wednesday aimed at young women interested in a career in agriculture. Grow by FarmHer, is being held for the first time on the West Coast and requires pre-registration at http://bit.ly/GrowAtWAE19.

The Top-10 New Products competition is back with products offering improved technology for the field and increased efficiencies. From a heavy-duty electric fork lift, to an affordable dairy genomic test, to a wireless irrigation valve control system, the Top-10 New Products has something to offer every type of farming operation.

“World Ag Expo continues to provide the best platform for buyers and sellers to meet, greet, and grow the ag industry,” Jerry Sinift, International Agri-Center CEO, said in a released statement. “Our theme this year is ‘Harvesting Technology,’ and there is plenty of time, money and resource saving technology to find at this show. We’re impressed every year with the new innovations our exhibitors bring to World Ag Expo.”

The Farm Credit Dairy Center, an 80,000 square-foot pavilion, will feature displays of the latest in dairy equipment, technology and services.

Attendees can look forward to new features this year, including daily livestock dog demonstrations in the new Demonstration Pavilion, Ride & Drive areas on the east and west ends of the grounds and a wide variety of new seminars that cover everything from cannabis to automation in the ag industry.

Another big part of the expo is the food. Not only are there cooking demonstrations and samples of local cheese and wine, but there are also over 30 food booths to choose from when you get hungry from all that walking.

The food booths are run by local nonprofit organizations and the event is used as a fundraiser for their programs.

Most of the organizations are from Tulare County, but there is one Kings County organization with a food booth: Sierra Pacific High School Booster Club.

Jim Lowe, president of the booster club, said the booth will serve hot and iced coffee drinks, hot chocolates, cinnamon rolls and muffins. He said proceeds go to support the school’s athletics programs.

“Come out and help the only Kings County vendor and support Sierra Pacific High School,” Lowe said.

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