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Farm Technology Days Kicks-Off in Wood County
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/10/2018

Wood County is the place to be this week as thousands of agricultural producers, industry professionals and local consumers head to the 65th Wisconsin Farm Technology Days near Marshfield. D&B Sternweis Farms, a 450-cow dairy operation that features a 40-stall rotary parlor, is hosting this year's outdoor exposition along with Weber's Farm Store/Heiman Holsteins.

The festivities kick-off at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday with opening ceremonies in the Family Living Tent. Visitors to the show this week can take part in field demonstrations, educational workshops and have a chance to talk to exhibitors ranging from equipment manufacturers to seed companies. FFA students will be in town competing in the state's annual tractor safety contest and land judging competition.

One of the unique aspects of this year's event is a miniature cranberry marsh within 'Innovation Square.' That portion of Tent City will also include modern products by exhibitors that will be showing off the latest innovations in agricultural technology.

Tuesday's speakers at the Family Living Tent include Alice in Dairyland Kaitlyn Riley, Ag Communications Specialist Kim Bremmer and Mad Dog & Merrill, who will entertain guests with their humorous grilling skills.

Field demonstrations begin at 10:00 a.m. with hay mowing, merging and chopping. Farm tours of the Sternweis' dairy operation will also be held throughout the day, along with Virtual Tours of Weber's Farm Store, Heiman Holsteins and Nasonville Dairy at the University of Wisconsin-Extension Tent.

Meanwhile, organizers say the entire grounds have been wired for Internet access. And Tent City will again be run with generators powered by biodiesel fuel.

Weather reports say attendees can expect sunny conditions with highs in the lower 80s.

The show runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with daily admission costing $8.00 for ages 12 years of age and older. Children are free.

This is the second time Wood County is hosting Farm Technology Days.

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