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Jefferson County to Host 2019 Farm Technology Days
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/19/2016

The state's largest outdoor farm show will return to southeastern Wisconsin in three years. On Friday, the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days' board of directors announced it has accepted Jefferson County's application to hold the annual event in 2019 after local supervisors adopted a resolution earlier in the week supporting the show.

County Extension Agent Laverne Georgson told Wisconsin Ag Connection that the county is excited to showcase its diverse agricultural industry.

"Dairy farming makes up the largest part of our farm economy, but corn, soybean and wheat production are also big business," Georgson said. "In all, agriculture supports about 8,000 jobs here in Jefferson County."

Often called the oasis between the two metros of Milwaukee and Madison, Georgson says the rolling hills of the area's topography makes it challenging to find enough alfalfa acres in a single spot to hold the show. But he says there are some farms that will be able to accommodate enough space for parking, tent city and field demonstrations.

"Before we applied to host the show, we sent a survey to potential volunteers and host farms earlier this spring," he noted. "The results from that survey indicated that there is a lot of enthusiasm to move forward. We plan to organize an executive committee in the next couple of months and then start accepting bids to find a host farm."

The county last held the show in 1984 when Farm Progress Days was held at the Bernard & Beverly Walter farm near Watertown. It also hosted one of the first shows back in 1956.

Meanwhile, Kewaunee County continues to prepare for the task of hosting next year's show, which is slated for July 11-13, 2017 at Ebert Enterprises in Algoma. Wood County will bring the event back to central Wisconsin in July 2018 at the Sternweis and Heiman farms near Marshfield.

Farm Technology Days is run by a group comprised of representatives of state and federal agencies involved in agriculture and natural resources, the University of Wisconsin, and the agribusiness-industry and farming sectors.

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